Google’s Chromecast is a huge hit in the states, now China’s Huawei wants in on the action. The Mango Pie 2 TV Stick has been released by Huawei and it instantly brings to mind Google’s TV dongle. The Mango Pie 2, which is on sale for 299Yuan (49USD, 36EUR) on Jingdong and other chinese technology sites, runs an unknown version of Android.
The Mango Pie 2 includes an impressive looking Bluetooth remote and integrates Hunan TV, Phoenix TV, CETV, SBS and others. It also has the technology to support local channels, as well as Hunan Satellite TV, Jiangsu TV, ZheJiang TV and CCTV.
Judging by the advertisement on imgo.tv, the Mango Pie 2 supports a Miracast like function that allows screen mirroring between your tablet and TV. Like Chromecast, the Mango Pie 2 plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port. Although there does appear to be a way to use the device’s power cord to connect to the TV via USB, it is unclear if this is used to draw power, display content on the TV or for some other function. It is also unknown how “open” the device is. If it can handle sideloading of non-proprietary Android apps and allows Bluetooth devices other than the included remote to connect to it, it could be similar to the OUYA or Gamestick and pull double function as a game console.
Android-powered MicroPCs are not unknown in China, Baidu released its own Chromecast clone in September and the PPTV dongle was released back in August. Huawei’s device costs slightly more than its competition’s but also includes the Bluetooth remote and appears to support a few more content providers.
Check out the advertisement on imgo.tv for more information.