IT peripherals maker Amkette has launched a new Android operating system-based device couple of months back called ‘EvoTV‘ priced at Rs 9,995, which will allow users to surf Internet on their television sets in the same way they do on their computers.
The company is betting big on the device and expects as much as 50 per cent of its revenues to come from the product.
Similar to Apple TV, EvoTV is a Connected TV device which allows users to access content like videos, games and websites using WiFi and broadband connection. It comes with a remote that acts like a mouse and has a mic to facilitate conversations on VoIP (like Skype).
Google, which operates the Android platform, also plans to launch its set-top box ‘Google TV’ to allow viewers to use their device both for television viewing as well as accessing the Internet simultaneously without adjusting any cables.
The company also plans to export the device to Middle East, Europe and North America in the next three months, he said.
The device is powered by twin ARM processors and comes preloaded with basic applications. Users can also download more apps from the Android application market – Google Play.
“The device has been conceptualized, researched and designed in India (Bangalore and Delhi) and took 14 months in the making, and it will be manufactured in China.
Interesting to note, this space is going to be hot in India in the future. More and more devices will be launched on the Android platform.
Akai also launched a simila Smart Box on the Android platform 2 months box which converts your Idiot box into a Smart TV at a price of Rs 6,590 in India. This android based service is, powered by a 1.25-Ghz processor , comes with a wireless mouse for navigation. It is equipped with 4GB internal memory, expandable upto 32GB through SD card slot.