Android is currently the most popular operating system, and it is just getting better. Today, Android is going everywhere, and you can even have it on your TV just by buying a dongle worth 50 bucks! The latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich is from iPPea, a simple dongle which you can plug into any HDMI-enabled TV to get the full ICS experience as you would on a smartphone or a tablet.
This small dongle is a fully functioning Android super microcomputer which enables a user connect to the cloud and access a wide range of services online, websites and applications as well as enjoy a high quality entertainment experience. According to iPPea CEO Amanda Senkowski, the iPPea TV dongle uses the MIPS based Ingenic processor which is perfect for providing all the benefits of an industry-standard architecture including a wide range of ecosystem friendly software and tools. Because of its in-built power efficiency, the iPPea TV dongle can be powered on a standard USB port such as those on DTVs. Unlike other Android dongles we have seen in the market of late, the iPPea dongle does not need a heat sink and can be plugged on the TV and forgotten about.
Core Specs and Features
- mirco USB 2.0 port (OTG) ;
- Built-in Nand 2G memory;
- LED indicate operation;
- HDMI plug direct connect LCD/LED HDTV
- TF Card Reader support 32G memory
- Power jack with USB cable for power supply;
- Standard USB 2.0 ports
- MIPS Jz4770 1.2G
- Built-in Reset Hot Key
- Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
- Bundle with 3D Air Key Mouse;
- Android 4.03 OS;
- Support Video format: AVI,MKV(XVID/px/H.264),MOV,TS,M2TS, RM/RMVB,FLV,3GP,MPEG,DAT,MP4
- Supported picture format: GIF, BMP, JPEG, PNG
- Supported txt format: PDF,EPUB,HTML,TXT
- Resolution: 1080p
- System Recovery setting
- Support Audio format: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
These dongles are now available for pre-order and shipping is expected to start at the end of this month. In the packaging, buyers should expect to have a USB power cable and a Micro USB to USB cable. The dongle is available in white or black. There are additional optional accessories as well including a 3D gyro wireless key mouse available for an additional $22, a USB RJ45 LAN adaptor for an extra $12, a 360-degree HDMI connector for an extra $8 and an HDMI extension cable for an extra $8.
Here is the full press release from iPPea.