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Chinese Company Shows ARM-based Google TV Device

Chinese manufacturers are looking to cash in on the ARMdroid partnership with set top boxes based on ARM and Google's mobile platform, a trend that was clearly visible at Computex this year.

One of these companies, Geniatech, currently has five such STBs on sale with plans to get them into the UK fairly soon.

The top of the range model, the Android TV Premium or ATV4000, boasts an impressive array of features including a TV tuner, Wi-Fi, Home NAS, DLNA Server and Bit Torrent Compatibility.

It runs on an Amlogic ARM-based Cortex A9 SoC clocked at 800MHz, the AML8726-M. Apart from the built-in SATA slot for an internal hard drive, the ATV4000 also has 512MB RAM, 512MB onboard storage, HDMI out, five USB ports, a SDHC slot, Ethernet, provides Line connectivity via RCA. Geniatech also offers a nifty little QWERTY remote controller with a motion-controlled mouse.

Not surprisingly, the device runs on Android OS 2.2 which means that you will be able to use the device as a hotspot, that it provides full HTML5 and Flash 10.1 compatibility and that it offers the full breadth of the Android Market.

Users will be able to use Google services, the Chrome browser, Youtube and the complete array of features that can be expected from Android. Geniatech hasn't confirmed whether it will offer Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. The Logitech Revue, which was the first Google TV, is built using Intel's Sodaville Atom CE4100 system on chip.

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