Hardware Profiles

HDMI Dongle: Portable set-top box runs Android 4

HDMI Dongle is an Open Source, USB-sized set-top box from Always Innovating, a technology outfit based in San Francisco, CA USA. A TV on a stick, it is designed to turn any TV with USB and HDMI ports into a connected TV running Android 4. Like the Cotton Candy, it has an HDMI and a USB port. The magic comes via the HDMI port, while the USB port is to power the device from the TV it is attached to.

The hardware specs of the device are: Texas Instruments Cortex-A9 OMAP 4 processor (1.0 GHz to 1.8 GHz), 1 GB RAM, a microSD slot, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. It comes with a simple remote control that has voice control and Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities. On the software side, it “can run Android Ice Scream Sandwich and is technically compatible with Google TV.”

Related Post:  Samsung Chromebook Pro, Chromebook Plus will run Android apps

This is what the device looks like.
HDMI Dongle

And this is the remote control.
HDMI Dongle Remote

The operation, as shown in this video, is very simple: Plug the HDMI end of the device into the equivalent port on the TV, and do the same with the USB connection.
[youtube width=”600″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyPOffGVOY8[/youtube]

Related Post:  Samsung Chromebook Pro, Chromebook Plus will run Android apps

You can carry it any where you go, and run Android without the need of a tablet device. Very cool! When released, which should be Summer of this year, it is expected to be in the $49 to $99 price range. The only problem with this device, is that Always Innovating is not selling directly to consumers, just licensing it to manufacturers. More information is available here.
[youtube width=”600″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAa-xfD-rcg [/youtube]

LinuxBSDos needs your donation to continue!

I hope this article has saved you valuable time and effort to fix a problem that would have taken more time than is necessary. That makes me happy, and why I love doing this. But because more people than ever are reading articles like this with an adblocker, ad revenues have fallen to a level that's not enough to cover my operating costs. That's why I want to ask you a favor: To make a one-time or recurring donation to support this site and keep it going. It's a small favor, but every one counts. And you can make your donation using Patreon or directly via Paypal. Thank you for whatever donation you're able to make.

Donate via Patreon. Donate via Paypal.

Aside from donation, you may also signup to receive an email once I publish new content. Your email will not be shared or traded to anyone. And you can unsubscribe at any time.

Please share:

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


4 Comments

  1. It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. google android launched already also the own set top box where are more than movie, it support also android apps, online browsing, wifi, mp3 album etc. http://www.one-stop-digital.com

  3. Plugging the USB connector into the USB service port on a television can destroy the television. Don’t do it without checking the manual, or with the manufacturer, first.

    • It should actually do no harm to the TV as the USB plug appears to only be drawing power not transmitting or receiving data on the USB data lines, but it is a good idea to check the TV maker’s manual as the USB port might not even be a standard one but a modified one to accept only certain devices such as a wifi dongle

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*