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[Updated] Review: Griffin Beacon Remote Control For Android: Don't Retire Your Existing Remote Just Yet


Thursday 12th of December 2013 / androidpolice.com
The GoodThe BadBuild Quality and SetupFunctionThe Dijit AppConclusionBuyThe Beacon from Griffin is an interesting little device - it effectively transforms your Android phone or tablet into a fully-functional universal remote control. It connects to your device via Bluetooth, and then transmits the signals to your TV, DVD/Blu-Ray player, digital cable box, etc. via IR, just like a traditional remote control would. It does all this through an app called Dijit, which is the meat and potatoes of the entire system.But how well does it work? Update: The Dijit app received an update a few days ago that addressed several of the issues I experienced while writing this review. After spending a few days with the updated app, I feel like it's only fair to bring those fixes to light. The app now has an option to stay connected to the Beacon when it's not in the foreground. This was one of my biggest pet peeves to begin with, and its resolution makes the Beacon infinitely more usable. Even with this option enabled, it still disconnected from my phone on a few occasions. I didn't experience the s
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Android 4.0 TV Box advice.


Saturday 10th of March 2012 / androidforums.com
Hi. Does anyone here have this particular item? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Google-Android-4-0-WiFi-Internet-HD-1080P-HDMI-Google-TV-Box-ARM-Cortex-A9-New-/280828259783?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=i tem4162ab2dc7 If so, what do you think about it? 1. Does Ice Cream Sandwich work well?2. Can you access the Android Market and will the system allow you to see most apps?3. How is the video output quality? Is it true 1080p and not some lesser quality signal? I read somewhere that a few if not more of these TV boxes claim 1080p, but don't actually deliver.4. How is the USB support for keyboards, mice, gamepads, and external drives?5. How is the wireless 2.4GHz capability for keyboards and mice?6. How is the Wireless n signal? Does it work well with little issue conencting and maintaining n quality speed and connectivity?7. How easy is it to instal apk and perform OS/firmware upgrades?8. I see many of these on eBay, but they have Android 2.3. Only a few claim 4.0. Is there any difference in the hardware, or is it simply the same unit except the seller went ahead and installed 4.0 v
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Webcam not working Android TV Box


Saturday 11th of August 2012 / androidforums.com
Hi All!I have recently purchased a generic Chinese Android TV Box. Details below. Model HXSTB Android TV Box X2 Series Rev. ARunning Android 2.3.5Kernel version 2.6.35.7Build Number 20120612.174413Cortex A9 1GHzIt works well except I cannot get a USB webcam to work (which is one of the reasons I bought it!). I have tried factory restore twice and still nothing. It does not recognize the camera on the system or through Skype. I assume it has something to do with the 'Camera' app not working. When I try and open the 'Camera' app it comes up with the error below:process com.android.camera not workingDoes anyone have any ideas? Does anyone know how to update Android or the camera app on this TV box?Thanks
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dijit - Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets


Thursday 12th of December 2013 / androidpolice.com
The Beacon from Griffin is an interesting little device - it effectively transforms your Android phone or tablet into a fully-functional universal remote control. It connects to your device via Bluetooth, and then transmits the signals to your TV, DVD/Blu-Ray player, digital cable box, etc. via IR, just like a traditional remote control would. It does all this through an app called Dijit, which is the meat and potatoes of the entire system.But how well does it work? Update: The Dijit app received an update a few days ago that addressed several of the issues I experienced while writing this review.
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Android Set-Top Box Does 1080p Video, So Coming to Your Living Room


Monday 31st of August 2009 / androidcentral.com
MIIPS Technologies recently demoed an Android-powered set-top box capable of 1080p video. Short reaction: Sweet. Long Reaction: We're unsure if there's even demand for an Android set-top box but if we know one thing about typical TV user interfaces is that they suck, big time. Android could work wonders in that market.According to MIIPS, this is "a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform" that'll eventually lead to Android-based products in your living room. This is all only proof-of-concept and with no video of how it actually works, it's pretty tough to tell if it'll be a winner or not. Regardless, we're interested in seeing more development on this front and it just continues to show how amazing Android can be.We'll definitely keep an eye on Android set-top boxes in the future. Thoughts?[gizmodo]
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Android Forums - View Single Post - Android Tv Box Flexiview FV-1


Tuesday 26th of July 2011 / androidforums.com
Hello. I'm currently a user of the Logitech Revue Google TV box. I was reading all the threads here about the new android 2.2 box - thus I registered on this forum so I could get some comparison feedback between the new android 2.2 box and the official Google TV appliances. First off let me state that I don't own a computer - so I only use the Google TV to access the internet, stream videos online, email, instant messenger, read online newspapers etc. As such the web browser performance is important to me. I haven't really read any posts about how well the android 2.2 box works for browsing the internet? streaming online videos? Does it use a Chrome browser and if so what version of Chrome does it use? Google TV has some bugs and web browsing isn't the greatest (a bit slow, occasional freeze ups, Flash shockwave crashes, etc) - but overall it's not too bad for what I use it for. Everyone is waiting and hoping that when Google TV gets the big upgrade to android 3.1 that things will be greatly improved. We'll see. By the way can you watch Hulu with the android 2.2 box (without any work
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Android Forums - View Single Post - Android 4.0 TV Box advice.


Saturday 10th of March 2012 / androidforums.com
Hi. Does anyone here have this particular item? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Google-Android-4-0-WiFi-Internet-HD-1080P-HDMI-Google-TV-Box-ARM-Cortex-A9-New-/280828259783?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=i tem4162ab2dc7 If so, what do you think about it? 1. Does Ice Cream Sandwich work well?2. Can you access the Android Market and will the system allow you to see most apps?3. How is the video output quality? Is it true 1080p and not some lesser quality signal? I read somewhere that a few if not more of these TV boxes claim 1080p, but don't actually deliver.4. How is the USB support for keyboards, mice, gamepads, and external drives?5. How is the wireless 2.4GHz capability for keyboards and mice?6. How is the Wireless n signal? Does it work well with little issue conencting and maintaining n quality speed and connectivity?7. How easy is it to instal apk and perform OS/firmware upgrades?8. I see many of these on eBay, but they have Android 2.3. Only a few claim 4.0. Is there any difference in the hardware, or is it simply the same unit except the seller went ahead and installed 4.0 v
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Android Forums - View Single Post - Android Tv Box Flexiview FV-1


Tuesday 26th of July 2011 / androidforums.com
Hello. I'm currently a user of the Logitech Revue Google TV box. I was reading all the threads here about the new android 2.2 box - thus I registered on this forum so I could get some comparison feedback between the new android 2.2 box and the official Google TV appliances. First off let me state that I don't own a computer - so I only use the Google TV to access the internet, stream videos online, email, instant messenger, read online newspapers etc. As such the web browser performance is important to me. I haven't really read any posts about how well the android 2.2 box works for browsing the internet? streaming online videos? Does it use a Chrome browser and if so what version of Chrome does it use? Google TV has some bugs and web browsing isn't the greatest (a bit slow, occasional freeze ups, Flash shockwave crashes, etc) - but overall it's not too bad for what I use it for. Everyone is waiting and hoping that when Google TV gets the big upgrade to android 3.1 that things will be greatly improved. We'll see. By the way can you watch Hulu with the android 2.2 box (without any work
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Refee smart TV Box M6 laggy audio


Monday 19th of November 2012 / androidforums.com
I finally managed to get my "Refee smart TV Box M6" (www . refeedigital . com / pro_view . aspx ? id = 67) to work. Video and Audio output is via HDMI. What is not working correctly, is audio output. Playing music from an USB-Stick gets laggy after several minutes, nevertheless if I use Mortplayer, XBMC or inbuild Music Player. After several minutes of correct audio output, the output starts switching on and off constantly. Typically Music progress readings increase while audio output turns on and off.Does anybody know, how to make audio output stable Since Refee-Website turns off sometimes: Specs are: CPU Cortex-A9 1GHz GPU MALI 400M Operating system Android 4.0 DDR RAM 1GB Nand Flash 4GB Design Plastic material, Patent housing design Storage device Support External Storages via USB hostSupport External Storage via.SD/MMC card Internet access Bult-in WIFI (optional) , RJ45 10/100M LAN Internet application compatible Flash 10, support online video, music, internet chat, view pictures Video Video Decoding:Mpeg1/2/4、H.264、VC-1、Divxz
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Android SATA Box?


Wednesday 04th of September 2013 / androidforums.com
Hey guys,Was looking through Amazon and saw this Android Box that supports a SATA Hard Drive being plugged into it, seems like a cool idea, has anyone tried it with the hard-drive? Does it work?Amazon.com: Android / XBMC Smart TV Media Player with SATA Harddisk support by Orealo Dual Core Processor Quad core GPU 1GB RAM WIFI and Ethernet Support: ElectronicsCurious to know how well this thing works, for such a cheap price it might be a steal.
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