Android sticks coming to market
Android sticks add "smart" features to any TV

14 Dec 2012 | Rasmus Larsen |

The first "Android sticks" began popping up some time ago and in the recent months we have seen a myriad of new models in the marketplace. They come in all sizes, shapes and with different features. The small USB dongle-like sticks can add Android functionality to any TV.

Android sticks overflowing the market

Android is an open system and not limited to smartphones and tablets. Recently, smaller companies have started incorporating Android into small USB dongle-like devices that can connect directly to a TV through HDMI.

When connected you receive access to Android apps and services such as Netflix, Plex Media Server, a web browser, and DLNA streaming to mention just a few. And if you can live with apps designed for 3-5” smartphones blown up onto the big 40-60” living room screen, you can add a range of features to your old TV.

Android Stick
Favi’s SmartStick is one example of an Android stick that adds “smart” features to any TV

Android sticks exist in hundreds of variants in China and recently they have made it to Europa and USA. Favi’s SmartStick is one of the most talked-about with Android 4.1. This particular model can be connected to a TV with HDMI. However, it can only draw power from the TV if the TV supports MHL. Few do. If not, it needs an additional cable to one of the USB ports.

Initial feedback is mixes and there are significant differences between Android sticks. Some run video at 1080p but many cannot due to week processors. In addition, some report that the WiFi connections are unstable.

Do you own an Android stick? Do you like it?

Share on:

Latest news

LG wallpaper OLED

LG, Samsung lead premium TV markets

25 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Apple tvOS 13

Apple releases tvOS 13 public beta with 'Wireless Audio Sync'

25 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

New Raspberry Pi 4 features 4K60 decoding, dual 4K monitor output

24 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Panasonic 2019 TV

Panasonic 2019 TV line-up

21 Jun 2019 | Flatpanels |
Toshiba HDR TV

Amazon launches 43-55" 4K TVs with Dolby Vision, starting at $330

21 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Netflix Recommended 2019

Only TVs that are 'always fresh' will receive Netflix's Recommended logo

20 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
TCL 6 series

TCL surges past Samsung in North American TV shipments

19 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Hisense OLED

Hisense is bringing its OLED TV to the UK & parts of Europe

18 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |