Jynxbox offers a line of Android-powered devices that let you run apps on your TV. There are a lot of those around, but the Jynxbox Android HD stood out from the crowd a bit, since it was designed specifically to run the XBMC media center app.
Now the folks at XBMC Android report that Jynxbox is getting ready to launch 4 new TV boxes, including an updated version of the Jynxbox Android HD as well as models with different hardware.
Jynxbox Android M3
The first model is pretty much just a renamed Jynxbod Android HD. It has the same Amlogic AM8726 ARM Cortex-A9 processor and it appears to be manufactured by Geniatech.
What’s new is that the M3 has an infrared remote control rather than an air mouse.
Jynxbox Android XD
This model is powered by a Rockchip RK3066 ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor and Mali 400 quad-core graphics. It has 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, WiFi, HDMI, S/PDIF, Ethernet, and an SD card reader as well as 3 USB 2.0 ports and a micro USB OTGV port.
It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and comes with an infrared remote control.
Jynxbox Android XL
XBMC Android doesn’t have much information about this model, but reports that it could have a faster Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processor.
I’m a fan of that particular chip, which is one of the fastest ARM Cortex-A9 options available. If the device has the same range of input and output ports as other Jynxbox models and an RK3188, it’d make a pretty nice media center.
This purple box is expected to be some sort of internet television device which can stream live broadcasts. It has a purple case and appears to feature a microSD card slot, HDMI and S/PDIF, an Ethernet jack, and support for an external antenna.
It also has 3 USB 2.0 ports.
You can find more pictures of the upcoming devices at XBMC Android.
XBMC Android is a shit site that is only looking to boost its referral ad links. None of these boxes are “built for XBMC”. Amlogic is still the only chipset with “safe” hardware decoding, and Rockchip has issues with 1080 video.
I have purchased a number of TV-Stick devices and XBMC only plays properly on devices with the Amlogic AM8726 SoC. Until somebody gets a Rockchip based unit in their hands and confirms that XBMC works well and utilizes Hardware Decoding for video playback, it’s all hype and misleading advertising on the part of the device maker. You’ll quickly run out of fingers counting the fly-by-night brand names of Android TV-Player devices coming out of China who claim “XBMC work” in their product listings when in fact it only partly works and can only playback Lo-Def videos using software decoding.
Has anyone ever explained how these are specifically designed to run XBMC when from what I can see it is an app that anyone can install on just about any android device like any other?
It might sound snarky, but I’m curious.
Maybe something about the hardware acceleration of the XBMC’s video decoding. For example the XBMC official partner Pivos Tech says: “Pivos XBMC add-on with hardware decode is designed on the XIOS DS Media Play platform ONLY. Any usage of the software with other devices is neither recommended
nor supported and can cause permanent damage to your device.”
(A few weeks ago I checked the XBMC on my Nexus 10, but it had problems with the video playing.)
Ah, hardware support. I see now.
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