Android TV has exploded, basically out of nowhere, in popularity this year. We saw it all over the place at CES 2018, and that expansion is continuing as well. Recently, a Japanese manufacturer has released a new HDMI stick running Google’s OS.
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The CCC Air Stick TV is a compact HDMI stick form factor which runs on top of Android TV. The well-equipped device can push 4K HDR10 content and aptX/HD, a first for Android TV. That can be used for high-quality audio playback with Bluetooth headphones or a wireless soundbar.
In the US, we haven’t seen any Android TV devices in this form factor, as other devices packing Google’s big screen OS have been set-top boxes or actual TVs.
Like the Chromecast Ultra, the Air Stick TV simply plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and is powered by a simple microUSB (ugh) cable. The included power adapter also has an Ethernet jack for hardwired internet, and a USB port for charging the included remote.
It’s a shame the Airstick TV isn’t available in the United States, but you can import it if you’d like. Pricing in Japan lands at ¥10,584 (about $95 USD).