Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba is sort of like China’s answer to Amazon and eBay rolled into one… and that’s not just because the internet company provides one of the world’s largest marketplaces for retail and business-to-business sales.

Alibaba also has its own operating system called Aliyun OS, and just like Amazon’s Fire OS, it’s a heavily modified version of Google Android.

Now Alibaba is introducing a set-top-box that brings videos, games, and other content to your TV… just like the recently launched Amazon Fire TV.

Alibaba G20

The Alibaba G20 is powered by Aliyun OS and it’s designed to handle games, apps, and online video. There’s a heavy emphasis on gaming though, and the box ships with a wireless remote control which doubles as a game controller and air mouse… and which has an uncanny resemblance to Nintendo’s Wiimote.

From what I can decipher from the spec sheet, the G20 isn’t quite as powerful as the Fire TV. Amazon’s box has 2GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU, while the G20 has a Rockchip RK3066 dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM.

But the box does look pretty good by Chinese TV box standards, thanks to 2 USB ports (1 host, and 1 OTG), HDMI and microSd card slots, Ethernet, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. It has 8GB of built-in storage.

The Alibaba G20 is expected to sell for around $100, but I’d be surprised if it’s widely distributed outside of China anytime soon.

via Tech In Asia and Zol

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4 replies on “Alibaba G20 is like a Chinese Amazon Fire TV (with a Wiimote clone)”

  1. Amazon Fire is not really all that different from the generic boxes, just locked in to Amazon.
    Just like with the generics, some custom ROM love from a caring third party and it will REALLY cook!

    1. The difference is the “Amazon” logo on the otherwise undistinguished black box 🙂

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