Android Smart TV Sticks & Dongles
Android TV Stick
Smart TV Dongle Guide
Wait a minute, what is an Android stick ?
In very simple terms, Android sticks are devices that can be plugged into your television and have the Android operating system right on your TV. In fact they are very similar to Android TV boxes, but more portable. TV sticks are more portable and can fit in your pocket, so that you can bring them easily along.
Dongles are also called Android TV sticks or Android mini PCs. We will use these terms interchangeably in the information below, but do not worry it all means the same. Read further to discover what these cool devices can do for you.
What can Android TV sticks do for me?
During the past few years, Android Smart TVs have been promoted to be the next big thing in your living room. Allowing you to install apps, surf the web and even hook up your own hard drive, Smart TVs are great but there are two problems: they are extremely expensive and there is a lack of apps.
Android TV sticks are great, because it can upgrade your TV by simply sticking it in the HDMI port on the back of your television. We often get the question from customers how to use an Android TV dongle, but the installation is actually just that simple. Because of the low price of these Android mini PCs, your HD TV doesn’t have to be discarded, just because you want it to be smart. In fact, with a dongle it becomes even much more than a smart TV because the amount of (free) apps that the Android play store can offer is much greater than apps offered by smart TV brands.
So in short, thanks to an Android TV HDMI stick, you will be able to turn any TV with an HDMI port into a real Smart TV at a fraction of the cost and without having to replace your TV itself.
Which Android TV stick is the best?
If you are not sure which one to get, feel free to visit the individual product pages and read the valuable Android TV stick reviews written by our previous customers. Another good way to find out more is to visit tech forums. These devices are popular these days, so there must be relevant discussion pages. Try search “Android TV Stick forum” in Google to find out more.
One feature that really matters for Android Mini PCs is the processor. A general rule is for example that Quad Core processor is faster than a Dual Core processor. Make sure you check this feature for each mini PC and make a wise decision, taking into account your budget.
Depending on how you plan to use your TV stick, whether or not it supports XBMC or KODI hardware decoding can be important. Basically it’s a free and open-source media player software developed by the XBMC KODI Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium.
How to use an Android stick?
Installation couldn’t be easier, hook up the small Smart TV dongle to the HDMI port of your TV connect the power outlet if necessary and Android will take over your TV. Sometimes not much bigger than a lighter, you won’t even notice the Android Mini PC is connected to your TV and you can leave it connected as it won’t affect your TV channels or any other setting of your TV. When tuning in to the Android dongle, a whole world of multimedia, apps, games, music and more will be available directly on your TV. Browse the IMDB website to find out who the main actor is in the movie you are watching, tweet about the latest episode of your favorite TV shows or even download whole seasons via the Google Play store.
Android TV Stick VS. Android Smart TV Box
The main different between Android sticks and Android boxes is the size. While a Smart Dongle usually is about the size of a lighter, an Android Smart TV box is bigger and features one or more Wi-Fi antennas. When it comes to features and processing power, the Smart TV Box has a slight advantage since it can pack a bit more hardware. Features like DLNA, Miracast and a slighter faster processor can be found in the latest boxes. On the other side, a mini PC android stick offers unseen portability and flexibility. Easily take it with you wherever you go and always have your full multimedia collection on you.
C.T.S SYSTEMS Android Mini PC Range
Android Mini PCs come in all kinds of flavours from budget versions with a single core processor to higher end Quad Core CPU’s, versions with 2GB RAM, DLNA or even an optional remote. But all will run on Android and offer you a broad world of multimedia and more. Navigate through the familiar Android environment you are used from your phone or tablet while browsing the web, watching YouTube videos or gaming.
If you are new to Android, a Mini PC dongle is the perfect way to enter this wonderful world. While sitting comfortable in your sofa, you’ll have the chance to discover what Android is about and why so many user before you have chosen Android as their operating system.
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