An Android TV Box is a great way of enjoying the Android experience on a larger television screen. With the Android 4.0 operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) it can deliver everything an android device can do but on a television screen. Everything from the Apps to the internet can be enjoyed on this powerful little device. All that is needed is an HDMI compatible TV and an internet connection and the whole World Wide Web is at one’s fingertips on a remote from the comfort of the couch.
With the widespread use of the internet as a media source almost everything from movies, old TV shows and even niche market shows can be watched online. Virtually, anything someone would like to watch from old Television shows and Independent films can be found online; this almost makes cable television obsolete. Quite simply, what is being shown on television on a schedule isn’t always what someone wants to watch. With YouTube and other social media almost everything can be found online, there come a day when the good old-fashioned cable box will be relegated to the list of obsolete technologies along with beepers and floppy disks. The way of the future is in the broadband connections serving content from the world around to anyone looking for it. The box along with smart phones will render old TV networks such as cable obsolete in the years to come.
On the open market, there are various different companies selling televisions with onboard internet capabilities, these devices often cost much more money and require some sort of subscription for them to work correctly. With an Android TV Box, there is no subscription and anything one wants to watch online can be had absolutely free. The internet is a plethora of free media, a sort of virtual Wild West where almost anything goes and almost anything can be had for free. Anyone with an android smart phone knows this all too well, there are many free apps and free online movies that can be found for those who have the time to search well.
An android powered TV box is extremely simple to set up, all that needs to be done is to plug the device into a power source and connected to a compatible TV with an HDMI port and it’s ready to boot up. These devices run a powerful new edition of the android operating system known affectionately as an Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS. Almost anyone who has ever used an android smartphone knows the user interface of this device. Quite simply this TV box is an Android Smartphone or a tablet that can be plugged into a television. These devices come with more than ample amounts of processing power and RAM coupled with a reasonable amount of storage space. Additionally, if the onboard memory is not enough to house one’s extensive collection of movies external SD cards can be inserted in capacities up to 32 GB.
One of the biggest advantages to an android powered TV box are the different capabilities of the device. Movies, pictures and video can easily be moved from a PC to the device via USB or Bluetooth. Several SD cards can be used much in the same fashion as old recordable VHS tapes worked, but with much more storage space. Although an android TV box is not as powerful as high end smart phones and tablets, they are fully capable of running the vast majority of apps on the app market. With this device almost everything is available from the living room TV. Everything from browsing through the web, checking email and playing games can be done on the television. This is ideal because a television screen is much bigger than most PC monitors and touch screens, with a simple android powered TV box one can enjoy 1080p videos of their own choice.
Due to the fact that this device run on the Android OS which is free to third-party developers, the sky is the limit as to what it is capable of. This also means that the cost of this device is much lower due to the fact developers don’t need to pay any royalties for the use of the Android operating system.