well, i have been having great fun with my Minix X5 tv box... so far i have been able to root it install XBMC... all the really cool plugins.. and i have even had a chance to sample a few home baked roms... and so far its pretty amazing... i am more then pleased with the open architecture. because if you swap out too many backups or recover or step all over your sql table.. things can get hosed.. and the only solution is to reinstall firm ware, not a biggy if you just follow directions.. and make sure your debug is on.. and you have good connection to the pc... and the new roms seem to be much more fluid then the stock.. at least the ones i have tried on the minix... but thats the fun of it really.. making a thing your own... and not having to rely on big company tech support... there are a few issues with the xbmc side of android ... the external player work around means you dont get the full experience of the native xbmc player... its ok but i will be glad when they figure out the trick for internal player Hardware accell... but when all in all with a full android market and a solid port of xbmc... these little rockchip boxes are amazing... and they dont over heat, allow for any codec you need, and once rooted are if not un-brickable, there at is a good chance you will be able to recover with little harm..... not like that revue i had... 3months phone tag and all the guy had to do was reinitialize my user account(what i told him to do 3 months back) ... so thats where im at with android... its much more fun to have a full featured tablet box with no restrictions... and its fun to see what is coming up next... so thats what this thread is about... not hating on GTV... i just think there are way more interesting options there are a lot of misconceptions that are out there... right now i think that 2core boxes are the best bet.. i have not seen enough dev work with 4 core that really takes advantage of the processor... jellybean.. runs just as well on 2 or 4 core... and all the apps except for a few games and such.. are built around 2 core... xbmc will not run faster or more smooth of 4 vs 2 not that i can tell.. the resources are just not being used... now, when keylime hits this may change.... but thats just a guess... so.. even though the 4 core chip is out... its not well enough adopted for me to get excited about it yet... i would suggest doing research on any of the android forums and seeing what folks like and dont like... if you find a company you dig... and are interested in there android tv box... see if they have a dedicated forum... find out how they handle firmware upgrades... and customer service.. all that kinda stuff.. look for at least 1gig of mem.. and usb ports. and digital audio connections... perhaps a micro sd or sd card slot... find out if there is a dev community for the box... thats where the more interesting stuff is coming from.... if you have folks who are cooking home brew roms... chances are they have a bit more tech savy then.. that one guy on the tech support line... or the over enthusiastic forum guy.. its better to get intouch with real folks who get down to the actual code and structure of the firmware.... at least thats my finding... so... bit of stream consciousness... but thats my experience...
so in this thread... post all those cool little advancements in the android tv box realm.. things like the new 4 core chip boxes... they really have some nice bench marks.... where xbmc is going with the Native HW accell on android... how is the new PLEX app performing on the android boxes... what are the firmware updates comming from rockchip.. reports on the OUYA... that might be the next big thing...
who knows... its all progressing so fast...
i will add a few links... various android tv box forums and stuff
Android Stick Computers - xda-developers
MINIX Forums - Unofficial
Minix - NeoG4, X5, etc
XBMC HUB FORUMS
Movies Online with XBMC | Free TV Channels on XBMC
XBMC for Android | Android XBMC Media Player
thats should provide lots to research... well i did say its off topic