I’ve been wanting an Android-based media player for some time, but never had much reason to go for it since I was so reliant on Media Center and Windows due to MediaBrowser. However, with the progress of MediaBrowser 3 and the existence of an Android-based MB3 client, I finally had reason to go ahead and splurge.
What I really wanted was one of the newer Android 4.2 devices with the latest Allwinner A20 SoCs that are teasing the Internet right now. However, for the money, I decided to go with one of the more common A9-based chipsets that still offered everything I need in a media player. I got this one for $78 shipped.
I’m really excited to try out the new MB3 Android client with it. I’ve been meaning to install it on my Iconia tablet, but haven’t gotten around to it as of yet. I may try this evening just so I can get a look in terms of what to expect. If all works out as planned, these types of devices may be what will be replacing my traditional HTPC setups. All I need is to get it working with a harmony, purchase a couple more Rii mini wireless keyboard/touchpads (got mine in a week or so ago and love it) for $20, and I have the complete multimedia system I’m used to with additional power savings and more convenient access to applications for about $100 spent total.
Anyway, hopefully this thing will get here in a hurry so I can try it out. I hate to get my hopes up too high, but I really want to move into this direction with my HTPCs. We’ll see. Check back soon to see how it goes!