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  • ViRGE - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    "The AMP1000 sports Android 2.3 at launch"

    That's going to be a very, very hard sell in August of 2012.
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  • jordanclock - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    And it runs Chrome. Sounds like some sort of Frankenstein version of Android. Reply
  • zebrax2 - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    Chrome have an android version
    https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/mobi...
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  • bearxor - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    Officially, Chrome for Android is only supported on 4.0 and up.

    There are ways to make it work on GB, but you're not going to be downloading it off the play store.
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  • Friendly0Fire - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    Chrome is the default Android browser as of Jelly Bean (4.1). Reply
  • DukeN - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    Atleast mention the RIO here.

    No reference to Diamond Multimedia should be made without mentioning the RIO, especially when it comes to "media" players :)
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  • ganeshts - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    Oversight accepted :) I am not even sure why that didn't cross my mind!

    Of course, as most readers here know, the Rio was one of the first MP3 players (sold way back in 1998) which the RIAA took undue offence to. It is probably not far fetched to say that the Rio was one of the market pioneers (and not the iPod) when it comes to portable media players for music on the go.
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  • Rainman200 - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    For anyone familiar with Android TV set top boxes this is just another Geniatech OEM box.

    You can install Android 4 on it and it's usable enough but no speed demon just look at the Geniatech thread over on Androidforums.com

    The newer generation boxes come with Android 4 out of the box.
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  • schizoide - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    I'd like to see a review of the Pivos android player. It's similar low-end nearly generic android set-top hardware, but it is also upgradable to android 4.0 and is the primary development platform for XBMC for Android. Reply
  • schizoide - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    Also reviewing the Odroid-X would be pretty sweet. It's very much NOT like all the generic android set top boxes in that it's much more powerful. It has a quadcore exynos just like the samsung galaxy S3.

    Unfortunately it's a bare board like the raspberry pi, but it would make an interesting article on here.

    http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_2011/main.php
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  • kineticarl - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    Hopefully this will support DLNA for music and video over wi-fi. Not a bad box if so, but having Gingerbread should give us pause... Reply
  • Tarwin - Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - link

    First of all I hope it has a decent processor otherwise internet browsing and games won't be all too pleasant.

    I also hope you do the same kind of testing you do on the rokus and WD media players to see how lenient the decoding and format requirements are as well as the subtitle support.

    Also could you test with two or three different video players as well as test the software decode capabilities for when HW acceleration doesn't work? It's something I would love to see in your phone reviews as well.

    For example, mx player has the best subtitle support I've seen (colour, styling, placement, and different font support when using SSA) and good SW and HW decode but not the best (it won't HW decode files that Dice Player can handle without a problem in my experience). Of course it would be interesting to see which video players you guys choose.

    And as for the complaints of the OS... I don't think it's such a big deal on this kind of device. I don't think offline voice dictation or Google Now are that necessary here. GPU acceleration for the UI would be nice (I can totally see the difference between connecting my HTC Sensation on ICS via HDMI compared to what it was like on Gingerbread). Let's not forget the advantage of pre-Jelly Bean OSes is Flash Support (it can still be quite useful on many sites), but only if the SoC can handle it well. The only other problem I can see with the OS is newer apps which might not work on older OS versions but there aren't too many of those.
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  • azfarhus - Friday, August 24, 2012 - link

    I currently owned a WDTV live streaming and want to know how it is compare to it?

    Price is not much higher then wdtv and I can also see few advantages over wdtv such as a full browser (flash and html5 support), ability to install new applications, built-in storage, motion remote etc. Video and audio format support is almost same but no idea about their video bit-rates and profiles but if it support Highe@L4.1 similar to wdtv then its good to go for me. Similarly no idea about the hardware yet e.g chip, memory etc.

    Waiting for more details........
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  • azfarhus - Friday, August 24, 2012 - link

    also want to know if it support DLNA and subtitles. Reply
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  • TheRock 30 - Sunday, February 10, 2013 - link

    Its a shame this box is so slow because its so promising otherwise. I spend 50% of my time using and 50% waiting. The remote is pretty clumsy but external usb/mouse work great. I noticed that as soon as i pair a wireless mouse/keyboard, the cpu usage shoots to over 80% and makes it pretty much unusable, Has anyone else had this problem? Running ics 4.03 Reply

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