The MK802 is a USB thumb-drive sized computer that ships with Android 4.0 software and the ability to download and run apps from the Google Play Store. But it also comes with a number of apps preloaded, including media players and the Skype app for voice and video chat.

That last one is an odd choice — because the MK802 doesn’t have a mic or camera. But it is possible to plug in a USB camera and use the MK802 to make video calls.

MK802

MK802 user genosyde has put together a tutorial for setting up the MK802 to make Skype calls.

In a nutshell, there are only two things you have to do:

  1. Update your MK802 to the latest firmware
  2. Find a mic, webcam, or headset that works with the MK802

You can take care of the first step by downloading the rev .2 firmware from the Rikomagic UK forum and following our step-by-step guide for updating or restoring your firmware.

The second part is a bit trickier, since not every mic or camera will work. You can find a list of devices that are known to work in genosyde’s guide.

With some webcams only video works, and with others only audio works.

Possibly the best option at the moment is the Microsoft LifeCam VX-700. You can pick one up for $18, and both the mic and camera work with the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC.

Microsoft LifeCam webcam

One of the questions people ask me most frequently about the MK802 is whether you can use it for Skype. It’s nice to see that the answer is yes.

The little computer has an HDMI port and USB and microUSB ports. It’s meant to be plugged into a TV and used with a keyboard or mouse. But if you plan to hook up a webcam, you should be able to use a USB hub so you can connect a keyboard, mouse, and camera.

You can pick up an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC for $74 or less from AmazonMiniand or AliExpress.

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9 replies on “Using Skype on an MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC”

  1. use USB port. I was doing this mistake connecting C270h logitech to OTG. was now working when connected to USB.

  2. hi everyone

    I have android tv box. Android ver 4.0. Ram
    1 gb

    I am having problem in video calling (Using
    external Logitech webcam) . The moment I start my camera, the video is perfect.
    but when other received it they only saw green lines. I have also tried with
    other software as well but my video still have those green lines. Please helppp
    me.

  3. This is what I want for my mum.
    Something to plug into the TV in teh kitchen to surf the net and Skype with the grandkids instead of having to go into the study .
    She’s not a big laptop fan so this would be perfect as it takes no space.
    A browser to access her Gmail, Youtube, Facebook and Skype covers most of what she does.

    I like the Raspberry Pi and will probably get one to play with but this is a nice price *unlike” the insane Cotton Candy 200+ dollars..

  4. Will the “Samsung” camera work (if using a Samsung TV too)?
    I would imagine that uses a microphone, as would the TV have a microphone? Maybe, the made for TV use, with Samsung’s new smart TVs that the camera would work with this device too?

  5. Thank you for linking to my MK802-Skype article. I hope more MK802 users will contribute towards finding the best setup for using Skype on the MK802. The MK802 is a great device.

  6. I couldn’t find the link to the person that said the vx-700 worked. If anyone could verify this either from the link or better, from personal experience, I would be grateful.

    1. I made a reply with a link to the original forum post but I think it got filtered because of the link. Anyways, I have updated the original link in my article to point directly to the webcam user batrarobin’s posting in the rikomagic forum. Hope that helps.

    2. Nope it didn’t work.

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      Delivery estimate: Sept. 13, 20121″Microsoft LifeCam VX-700″
      Personal Computers; $17.95
      In Stock
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