+ Monday August 26th, 2019

A new Android TV device has appeared in the US overnight. Air TV Mini promises to occupy a HDMI input on your TV but no bench space, with a small dongle device that’ll hang out the back, and has some interesting ideas about live TV.

Your USD$80 gets you a modestly-powered device with 2GB RAM, 8GB storage and 4K video output. There’s a remote in the box that has buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix and Sling. That last one’s interesting.

There’s no antenna input for broadcast live TV, but if you’re connecting the device to a TV that might not be very important to you. If your TV doesn’t have an antenna connection though, you can use your own Air TV box (also USD$80) to stream live TV over your home network to the Mini or you can use a Sling subscription (if you’re in the USA). In Australia, you might use Freeview FV if you can get it onto the device.

Being an Android TV device, this can replace your Chromecast (Ultra, even) as it’s got the receiver software built-in, and it’s a 4K device. You can also connect Bluetooth controllers to it for gaming, etc. It does look like there’s some Sling customisation of the home screen going on, but you can probably ignore it and go for other apps.

The tie-in with the main Air TV device or Sling subscription service makes it unlikely the Air TV Mini will head outside the US in its current form, but you could likely import one via a freight forwarder if you’re so inclined.

Source: Air TV.
Via: 9to5Google.

Jason Murray   Assistant Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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I really hope Google choose to make something like this in the future. A cheap, discreet Android TV stick/dongle (like the Amazon Fire TV Stick), with an included remote, officially made and supported by Google. I don’t understand why they haven’t done it already?!?

I LOVE the official Android TV interface, and already have an Nvidia Shield TV box (connected to my main TV), and a cheap separate Vodafone TV Box (the $72 one) which I take with me and use when I travel/housesit. A dongle device would be even better though.

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Why tell us about US devices which are unusable in Australia?

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Because they can. Out of interest. No need to be negative Jeni. Just deal with it 🙂

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