Zettaly’s Avy is a stereo speaker with a 7-hour battery, support for WiFi and Bluetooth, and a 7 inch touchscreen display between the speakers. It runs Google Android software, and while you can pair the speaker with your phone and use it like any Bluteooth speaker, you don’t need a separate device to use this speaker, since it supports apps such as Spotify, TuneIn Radio, and Google Play Music.

Zetally is showing off the Avy at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, but if you want to buy one you’ll have to go through Kickstarter, at least initially. The company is raising money to bring the Avy to market through the crowdfunding site.

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The company expects to deliver the Avy to Kickstarter backers in May. Prices will normally start at $169 for a model with 8GB of storage, but Kicsktarter backers can reserve one for lower prices.

A 32GB model will run $229 (or less during crowdfunding).

Each model has stereo 5W speakers, a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel TFT touchscreen display, a 1GB quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a VGA front-facing camera, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The demo unit I saw was running Android 4.4, but Zetally expects to upgrade the software to Android 5.0 by the time the device is ready to launch.

It weighs about 2.2 pounds and measures 13.8″ x 4.6″ x 4.7″.  There are microSD card, HDMI, and micro USB port on the back, and the device can run for up to 7 hours when unplugged if you’re listening to music. Playing videos will shorten the run time somewhat.

This isn’t the first Android-tablet-in-a-speaker-case I’ve seen. But despite relatively modest specs (including the low-res screen and 1GB of RAM), it could be an interesting option for folks looking for an internet-connected clock radio on steroids.

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5 replies on “Zetally Avy is an Android-powered portable speaker (crowdfunding)”

  1. This isn’t a bad idea. The android-device side of things is getting cheap enough that it is a value-add to the speaker. But it would have to be a fairly decent quality set of speakers to be really worth it.

    One complaint I have about using a Bluetooth speaker linked to my phone/tablet is when you have friends over, without fail one of them will insist on you playing some stupid song, and you will have to hand them your smartphone and let them find it on youtube or something.

    Not sure if that is worth $169, but it is worth considering.

  2. wasn’t there another “android boombox” that was on kickstarter a year or so ago, and it never came to fruition cuz the ODM stole the designs? (or was just a relabel, can’t recall specifics)

  3. I miss boom boxes as much as the next grown up genXer, but you can get a Bluetooth sound bar for about the same price, get better sound, and not deal with an embarrassingly low end tablet whose OS will be out of date with no hope of update long before the speakers give out (unless they’re subpar as well). We went that route ourselves and it’s worked very well.

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