It’s 2016 and everyone wants to know, what is an Android TV box?
Some people have heard about it, some have not, and for the most part, people still don’t fully understand what these powerful little devices can do.
For starters, they’re a wide array of Android TV boxes that have hit the market over the last two years and have been designed with different purposes in mind. In essence, these devices can do everything your Android smartphone can do but make it available to be done on your TV.
Watching movies, web browsing, gaming, Skype, access to social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The list continues to grow along with the Android ecosystem.
The most important thing when looking to purchase an Android TV box, just like purchasing a smartphone, you need to keep in mind what you are looking to do with the device.
This will determine what type of Android TV box you should purchase. Don’t just look for “cheap ting.”
Just like your smartphone, an Android TV box comes with nothing loaded onto it and applications can be downloaded via third-party websites or the play store. A growing practice for some has been to buy these devices, program them with applications and re-sell them to the public.
There are pros and cons to such a practice. Customers with a lack of tech savvy, now have a chance to purchase a product that is setup for live TV and video streaming through a variety of applications.
The growing concern is that because these devices do not come with pre-installed software, just like your smartphone, your TV box is only as powerful as the person who is installing the applications.
The term “Fully Loaded” and “Kodi Box” has become very misleading. There are millions of applications that are available for the Android ecosystem, and the people/companies selling programmed boxes may have a varying scope as to what is actually out there.
This is resulting in high price tags for these boxes without proper explanation and justification.
There is also a lack of installed applications, support, and general customer service to warrant the price tags. Make sure you are purchasing from people who can properly explain the technical specifications, differences in android O/S (4.4 vs 5.1), add-ons and apps before you shell out your hard earned cash.
If someone is promoting a “Kodi Box” I would look to run the other way. Kodi is media player software that comes with nothing installed on it. Through third-party plugins and a little bit of know-how, you can turn it into a very powerful media streaming device.
It still falls victim to the notion that it is only as powerful as the person setting it up. Since Kodi itself does make Android TV boxes, in the cord cutting community, anybody promoting their device as a “Kodi Box” is showing a lack of knowledge as to what these devices are. Shop wisely fellow cord cutters.
Imagine this scenario.
You wake up, grab your cup of Milo and sit down to eat some breakfast. You grab your phone and head to Facebook to begin your routine “macco” session and see what’s going on in the world.
As you scroll through your feed you’re bombarded with ads that sound like this. “1000+ TV channels, Kodi box fully loaded, Rellll Movies, Rellll TV shows, Rellll vibes. You just need fast internet and yuh getting after sales support like wow. Netflix wa, its Kodi and chill now!”
If it is, kindly keep scrolling and find a proper product expert who can actually make sense of these Android TV boxes. Otherwise, you will be sure to spend big money and have no clue what your money actually went towards.
So why are some of these Android TV boxes coming out with higher price tags than some? Well just like your smartphone, it is all about the hardware. Every device comes with a different CPU aka the Brain, which all have differences in power and capabilities.
Some of these devices come with CPUs that are just as powerful as desktop computers. They can handle 4K resolution, high-end gaming, clean & crisp video calls, the user interface is fast, fluid and lag free.
Some devices have a wide array of peripherals that you are able to connect with it. You could connect things like wired/wireless mouse and keyboards, flash drives, AV connections for tube TVs (Big Back), webcams, Ethernet ports for wired internet connections. The possibilities are endless!
When searching for a seller, look for people who have more than just a sales ad on Facebook. You will realize that many people with just sales ads on Facebook are looking just to make a quick sale.
Once they have your money there is no way of knowing what type of after sales support you will get. A good chunk of our client base comes from people who have bought boxes online or locally and the boxes were set up poorly or there was just a lack of knowledge from the sellers and the clients wanted more information.
We are always willing to educate the masses through our blogs, tips, and general questions. Our website and our social media outlets are used not just to sell, but to integrate all newcomers into the cord cutting community.
With millions of apps on the market, we do our best to guide you into not just making a great buying decision for your box. It is also to make sure the right apps are available to you so that you are comfortable and satisfied with your product today and in the future.
With services like Fiber Internet making the rounds from Digicel/Massy/Blink, there is no better time to finally get yourself an Android TV box and join the ever growing cord cutting community.