The devices let you view your Android based content on larger television screens.
Android is the order of the hour. Television, smartphone, tablets, you name it, and they have it. Off-late, devices that convert TV into smart TV have ushered into the Indian market and companies like Akai, Micromax have introduced such products in the country. So, if you're planning to buy one today, then you should consider the following product options, which can offer smart interactive features enabled on your televisions.
SmartPod is built with Enhanced Android featuring multi-user login capability, a first for any Android device around the world. It supports up to eight unique users on the device, enabling everyone in the family to get a personalised Internet experience. The unique home-screen is optimised for lean-back TV experience and brings TV-ease of use to SmartPod. The Magic Motion remote also features an elegant, full function QWERTY keyboard for easy Web browsing, searches, Twitter and Facebook usage.
SmartPod is powered by dual processors, a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 coupled with a 400 MHz Mali 3D Graphics processor. In addition to internal flash storage, up to 32 GB of storage is available using a plug-in SD card, or 1 TB or more of storage using external USB hard disk drive. Virtually all media playback formats are supported including formats that even Smart TV's don't support. It connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It also acts as a Wi-Fi router for your home to connect other devices like PCs, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
SmartPod is priced at Rs 9,499
Micromax Smart Stick
The Smart Stick claims to bring the Android experience to your television screen. With this stick, you can enjoy Internet on your TV set; however, it is important that it has some functionality like an HDMI port. Talking about its features, it has a standard HDMI interface, along with a USB host.
Micromax's Smart Stick has 4 GB of flash memory, Wi-Fi Direct connectivity. You can also connect using wireless mouse and keyboard. They can operate on 2.4 GHz wireless frequency. The Android Smart Stick has been priced at Rs 4,990. The company is also offering a BluRay player supporting both 2D and 3D audio/ video formats, which it has priced at Rs 6,490.
Amktette Evo TV
Amktette's Evo TV is an integration of four components: Evo Box, Evo Touch, Evo View and Evo Discover making the television perfectly the next generation's device with a large screen gaming station; an on-demand music and movie theatre; an education hub and much more.
Powered by the Android 2.3 aka Ginger Bread, the device will allow you to access videos, games and websites using Wi-Fi and broadband connection is also enabled in the device. The remote control of the TV works as a mouse and a mic has also been provided for voice and video chat using VOIP services like Skype.
The device is priced at Rs 9,950
Akai Smart Box
The device is compatible with any television, be it CRT, Plasma, LCD or LED. The Smart Box transforms any of these normal TVs into a smart TV and you can browse Web, or use any Android application as it includes support for Google Play. The Smart Box comes with Wi-Fi support, Ethernet port, 3G dongle as well as 2G network supports through a SIM card. Powered by 1.25 GHz processor, it runs Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread and includes 4 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, HDMI port, and 4 USB 2.0 ports. The device is compatible with almost all popular audio and video formats.
The Smart Box is priced at Rs 6,990.