While Google says Android TV is about to make a comeback, there hasn’t been too much news from the hardware front lately. Today, though, an interesting new set-top box has quietly hit the market called the “Jetstream”…
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Made by Ematic, a maker of inexpensive gadgets, the Jetstream set-top box is a pretty simple streaming option that runs on top of Google’s streaming platform. This box was first detailed in late August by Variety and is now available directly through Walmart. It packs a functional design which offers HDMI, Ethernet, USB ports, a microSD card reader, and even optical audio out. The included remote also has shortcuts for YouTube, Netflix, Google Play, and Google Assistant as well.
Some of the technical details are a bit unclear on this device at the moment, though. The listing claims that it supports 4K HDR over HDMI, but it’s unclear what standards are supported or if there are any limitations on that. Apparently, the device runs on top of an Amlogic S905X quad-core processor, has 8GB of onboard storage, and 2GB of RAM. For $69, that’s not a bad package and one that replaces the aging Xiaomi Mi Box in many ways.
What’s especially nice about the Jetstream is that it brings Android Oreo and Android TV’s new interface right out of the box. That new UI still hasn’t rolled out to a lot of other Android TV hardware, so it’s good to see that the Jetstream is up to date out of the box. Hopefully, updates will be available for future versions of the platform.
Easily access over 450,000 movies and TV shows across 4,500+ paid and free channels, including streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and PBS Kids, with the Jetstream 4K Ultra HD Android TV Box with Voice Search Remote. The streaming box supports 60 FPS video at 4K resolution while the included remote has built-in Bluetooth voice search technology so that you can use your voice to browse, install, and play more apps, games, movies, and shows. The box includes 8GB storage, 4.0, 2 USB ports, and a MicroSD card slot to play your own media. The Jetstream 4K Ultra HD Android TV Box with Voice Search Remote even gives you your own personal assistant; powered by Google, the Google Assistant quickly finds your favorite shows, answers questions, and can even control your home with the touch of a button.
More on Android TV:
- Google gives Android TV a ‘renewed focus,’ promises updates and better performance
- Updated Xiaomi Mi Box passes through FCC w/ Android TV, updated remote
- Google says Android TV users have doubled in the last year, despite almost no new products
- Google announces JBL Link Bar, first hybrid Android TV soundbar w/ always-on Assistant