The fusion of Android operating system and TV is slowly but surely taking off in China, with many local companies either producing TV’s with Android built in or a set top box which allows Android apps to run on your current TV.
The AndroidBox M6 is one of the latter devices, and much like the Apple TV is able to bring some very welcome multi-media features to your living-room.
The AndroidBox brings Android to your TV in a slightly different way to most Android TV devices in that it uses a mobile version of Android, Gingerbread in this case, rather than the official Google TV O.S.
The choice to use a modifiied Gingerbread OS is more likely due to licencing rules Google stiplifies, so the mobile OS is probably much easier and cheaper of local companies to use.
The case of the M6 is quite plainly modeled on the Apple TV, but is quite a bit larger than it’s iOS counterpart.
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Inside the black box sits an 800 mhz Cortex A9 CPU, 512Mb RAM, and 2Gb of built in flash memory, which by itself would be a little worthless, but thankfully there is an SD expansion slot which will let you use 32Gb micro SD cards.
If the mix of internal flash storage and SD card is still not enough, the M6 also has 2 x USB 2.0 which will allow the playback of 1080p HD video, music or applications from either a USB stick or external hard drive.
Internet can be accesesd one the AndroidBox Google TV wither through the built in Ethernet port of over Wi-Fi.
The M6 is currently on the market now for $129.99 from certain online retailers which is actually $30 more than an Apple TV, but the extra $30 does bring you a lot more expansion and sharing options when compared to the closed Apple system.