June 7, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Google TV hasn’t fulfilled its promise thanks to resistance from content providers and a lack of big-name developers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use Android as the backbone of your home entertainment options. Pocket TV, a Kickstarter project that has already been successfully funded, is a small micro-computer that plugs into an HDMI port and then loads your Android apps to enjoy content on the big screen.
Pocket TV is a dongle that connects to an HDMI port and runs a stock version of Android 4.0 that can be displayed on-screen. Based on the hands-on video shown below, it’s not the most elegant solution, but it’s an interesting one that’s very passible – especially if you’re someone who just wants to be able to view content without restrictions. Pocket TV currently supports Hulu+, Netflix, and YouTube, and thanks to its licensed use of Google Play, there are hundreds of thousands of apps available.
Pocket TV is about as long as a thumb and as thick two fingers. The hardware features a 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor, Android 4.0 software, USB to connect an external hard drive, and a microSD slot. There’s 512 MB, 4GB of internal storage, and Mali-400MP GPU. The television can use a standard IR Remote or an Air Remote with full QWERTY keyboard capable of following your movements.
More info is available at the Kickstarter page.