However, as the name suggests, all Android TV boxes run on the Android operating system, rather than those designed by Apple or Roku.
In this guide, we will do our best to answer the most common questions about Android TV boxes including how they work, whether they’re worth the money and list some of the most popular Android smart TV box brands.
What is an Android TV box?
An Android TV box is a streaming device that you can plug into your TV to be able to watch streaming services, such as Netflix, which are typically only available on portable devices such as laptops, tablets and phones, or on smart TVs. These TV boxes are also sometimes known as streaming players or set-top boxes.
How does an Android TV box work?
Much like a NOW TV Stick or Google Chromecast, an Android TV box plugs into the back of a TV via the HDMI port. However, once plugged in an Android TV box will look and feel different to a NOW TV Stick or other devices because they operate on different systems.
The Android operating system can also be customised so while brands like Nvidia, Mecool and Xiaomi use the same basis for their streaming player, the homepage will likely look very different.
Once the box is set up, various streaming services and apps can then be accessed on your TV, rather than on a tablet or laptop, and no casting is required.
Great applications can be installed on your Android TV boxes such as Kodi, Cinema HD where you can view TV shows and movies in HD or standard definition.
Can you watch normal TV on an Android TV box?
The streaming services, on-demand services and apps you can access will vary depending on the brand of Android TV box.