If you are stuck with old technology, but at least have one HDMI port on your tv, you can turn it into a smart tv running android software.
A must have is the Bluetooth Mini Pc Android 4.1 Google TV Dongle.
Simply plug it into your HDMI port. If you don’t have sufficient space to make it fit, it does come with a short extended wire. Once it’s plugged in to your HDMI and to your power outlet, change your TV input to the HDMI port and wallah! You now have a smart tv and/or a tablet (sort of; you won’t have touch screen functionality). The downside is that it’s not plug and play because you do need a mouse, unless you happen to a have a USB mouse handy. If you do, that’s great! And you can use the product immediately. But if you are like me and don’t have one available, you’ll need to shell out a few dollars and buy one. I spent a full $5 and purchased an inexpensive Kinobo Wireless USB Mouse.
The Android Mini PC is equipped with the following:
- Android 4.2 operation system
- Rockchip RK3188 up to 1.8Ghz
- Memory: 2GB DDR3, 8GB NAND Flash
- 28nm HKMG process with low leakage and high performance
- HDMI 1080P, Support PXE
Now you are ready to go! Your android mini pc should be plugged in and also your usb mouse. Allow for the IOS to load and click on Settings to connect your tv to your router or wifi connection. Once that’s established, you can browse and download apps from Google Play.
It’s great for watching movies or tv shows online!
My main issue with this product is its power source. You can only use an A/C power outlet. Unless you have one right behind your TV, the wire will stick out. It’s a problem for me because I have my TV nicely hung on the wall. But for many of you, it may be a non issue.
Read about the Google Chromecast, which can be powered using your TV’s USB port.