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    Default Android tv box and XBMC

    Well im now venturing into deeper depths of android and linux with a tv box. Perhaps not and just rather turning my 43" Samsung into a smart tv.

    I have experiance with XBMC and that seems to offer alot through addons, Navi X and Fusion so that is a big plus. But not yet experianced android on tv so should be fun messing around with my new gadget.

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    One of the most important thing is to research on the WiFi signal of each devices. The Android TV sticks tends to have poor signal. But using a USB to Ethernet adapter well work.

    I prefer the ones that are rootable so you can delete the bloatware, most of them are.

    For the most part they are just like using tablets, except you need some other kind of inputs. The most convenient for me is the Logitech keyboard with touchpad in one, but it can't pinch and zoom however.

    You can use CheapCast to turn it into a ChromeCast, but it doesn't support all apps like ChromeCast and the current beta can't start automatically.

    You can consider some type of microphone input or Bluetooth so you cab have voice input for Google Launcher. You might have to copy Google Search and Google Launcher apk to /system/app folder for it to work, which needs root.

    I would get a quadcore one although there aren't many boxes type with them yet. If you are going to stream HD videos through LAN via XBMC you'll need quadcore. I'm not sure of the latest version support hardware acceleration for network streaming yet, there is an old test build with that feature. Otherwise if you try it with 1080p over the network with a dualcore it will be choppy.

    So far I've abandoned my android TV stick after getting the ChromeCast and setting up Plex. But if CheapCast gets updated maybe it'll be useful again.

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    Default Re: Android tv box and XBMC

    My first experiance of XBMC was on a raspberry pi. This was/is a slow process so wont argue in terms of performence, however streaming seemed fine at 720p.

    Yeh not many have the quadcore but have noticed a coulpe unfortunatly oit of stock. So i have opted for a dual core im sure its a G-Box and it is rooted thankfully. I have the Rii keyboard and trackpad.

    At 71 its not to bad and hooefully i will enjoy my purchase when it arrives.

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    Try this! It's an Android 4.2 dual core TV box with integrated camera and mic running on amlogic 8726 chip. Everything is pre-installed, no need to mess around with xbmc plug-ins. Uses a customized special edition of XBMC with hd Decoding, No video audio sync issues or stuttering. No Wifi connectivity issues and so on. Just try it out and return it if you don't like.
    EzMx Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean jailbroken Dual Core TV Box with Camera and Mic for Skype incl. special edition true 1080p HD XBMC, Showbox and Videomix Dolby Surround Sound:Amazon:Electronics

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