The Jynxbox Android HD is a hackable set-top-box with an ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Android 4.0 software. It’s also one of the few devices of its type to ship with the XBMC media center application pre-loaded.
You can pick up a Jynxbox Android HD for $115, or opt for a cheaper Jynxbox Android HD mini TV stick for $85.
While there are cheaper options available, the Jynxbox devices look like pretty versatile machines for turning your TV into a smart TV. AdamOutler from xda-developers has put together a video showing what the Android HD box looks like when you rip it apart, and pointing out a few other surprises.
For instance, if you stick a pin in a reset slot while connecting a power source, the Jynxbox Android HD boots into recovery mode — and from there, you’ll find an option to root your device. In fact, the only way to exit recovery is to root your device, which seems a little strange.
The JynxboxAndroid HD features a 1.2 GHz Amlogic AM8726-M3 processor, Mali 400 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. It has 3 USB ports, a microSD card slot, Ethernet, WiFI, and HDMI ports, and an IR sensor for a remote control.
The Jynxbox Android HD Mini has similar specs, but it has just 2GB of storage, fewer ports, and looks like a chunky USB flash drive.
Both models ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software and a version of the XBMC media center app from xbmcandroid.com.