We are in the age of the smart TV, where waiting for programming to arrive in our homes is no longer acceptable and on-demand services are on the rise. We have also come to expect a lot of the typical and basic desktop functionality to be available on anything that has a screen, including our phones and even inside our cars. While some of us have the luxury of owning a smart TV, there are still plenty out there with no ability to watch local media files or stream online media directly. Even some smart TV models have limited functionality, hobbled by the firmware and hardware limitations imposed by their TV’s manufacturer. My smart TV, for example, has no built-in wireless network connectivity and in order for me to add this functionality, the manufacturer wants me to pay $100 for a Wireless-G USB dongle that will only work with their TVs.
These kind of draconian restrictions are ridiculous and counter to the spirit of today’s multimedia accessibility. For that price, I would also be better off purchasing a current generation media player that not only will give me superior wireless-N functionality but also provide a host of features that are not available on my smart TV. Pivos, as one of the world’s leading media peripheral manufacturers, has smart TV companion solutions that will fit my price range, including their new Android-based media player: Xios DS.
The Pivos Xios DS is a flexible media player powered by an ARM Cortex A9 processor and an OpenGL Mali-400 3D GPU. The Xios DS media player is primarily Android-based but also has a Linux firmware option provided by Pivos. Pivos works closely with XBMC to optimize media playback functionality on the Xios DS hardware and usher XBMC development maturity on the Android platform. For connectivity, the Pivos Xios DS has a 10/100 Ethernet port, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, three USB 2.0 and a micro-SDHC card slot. Since it is running an unlocked Android OS, users can access the Google Play store and download apps that they need. The Pivos Xios DS uses an HDMI port to output video and comes bundled with an HDMI cable so it can be used directly out of the box.