Android TV: Everything you need to know.

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July 25, 2016 by aubreykloppers

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The worst to the best in Android boxes.  I will be putting a score next to every box and add the pros and cons to every box.  Note: the 2 best devices you can buy where it comes to support is the Zidoo and the Tronsmart devices.  I have not talked about the Minix/Ugoos/Beelink or other devices as they are either to pricey, or too similar in devices purchased.  (Did I forget to specify that other than the Zidoo devices, I paid for every one out of my pocket?  Even the initial Zidoo…)

Devices tested:

  • ZIDOO X6 Pro 9/10:

    • Android 5.1, RK3368, 2G/16G, CEC, BT4, 802.11a/b/g/n/mimo 2+5GHz, 1GB LAN
    • XBMC/KODI Release: Bundled ZDMC
    • Support site: ZIDOO X6 PRO
    • Recovery Firmware: ZIDOO

I would give this 10/10 if the devices was supported by KODI from the Playstore, but this is not a Zidoo problem, rather a Rockchip problem.  The device is an all-round well though out product with lightning speed.  It is not supported by the DSTV NOW streaming app.

  • ZIDOO Z1 II 8/10:

    • Android 4.4, RK3229, 1G/8G, CEC, BT4, 802.11 b/g/n, 100BT LAN
    • XBMC/KODI Release: Bundled ZDMC
    • Support site: ZIDOO X1 II
    • Recovery Firmware: ZIDOO

The device does support DSTV NOW.  It is fast, but not as fast as the newest devices, but price-wise a good buy.

  • Nagrace NT-V8 8/10:

    • Android 5.1, RK3368, 2G/16G, 802.11 a/b/g/n + 802.11ac, 1GB LAN
    • XBMC/KODI Release: Bundled NTMC
    • Support site: Nagrace
    • Recovery Firmware: Nagrace 1.3/1.4/…

I would have given the device a good and solid 9/10 if it was not that I do not get any response from the Nagrace site.  A use “mo123” I believe to be the official Android developer for Nagrace does, however post Firmware releases and guides for this device.  As of release 1.3 the device does not support DSTV NOW.  As a

Actually, this is one of the worst devices where it comes to software support.  If I did not go and write the NexLight firmware for this box, it would have been a paperweight.  The developers though it OK to fill the device with pirated content and crippleware.  The official firmware also has a major flaw in it that causes overheating and crashes.  My release does not!

I am still waiting to test this device as it is currently stuck in customs.

  • Tronsmart Vega S95 Pro

    • Android 5.1.1, S905, 1G/8G, BT4, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1G LAN
    • XBMC/KODI Release: Tronsmart uses a Lif-long Vidon Release.
    • Support site: Tronsmart Forums
    • Recovery Firmware: Tronsmart Firmware

I am still waiting to test this device as it is currently stuck in customs.

  • Proline PC-on-a-stick 6.5/10:

Windows 10 32bit with WiFi.  What can I say, it works like… windows…

  • K1 Plus DVB-S2/T2 7/10:

    • Android 5.1.1, S905, 1G/8G,  802.11 b/g/n, 100BT LAN
    • DVB-S2/T2 interface.
    • XBMC/KODI Release: For best result use Minix NEO U1 XBMC release (16.3)
    • Support site: Acemax K1 Support
    • Recovery Firmware: Acemax Download page

This device does support DSTV NOW.  It has the added DVB-S2/T2 interfaces, which gives you access to FTA TV.  The device’s built-in KODI is a piece of junk.  Installing the Minix release gave you a 100% working KODI/XBMC environment.

Initially this was a piece of junk, then came the Firmware upgrade and now (but for some bloatware) this is a very nice box!  It does not support DSTV NOW.

 

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One thought on “Android TV: Everything you need to know.

  1. Good thing I was directed to your article. I found it very interesting and informative.
    Lubel

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