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Netgear unveils Android set-top box in your pocket

Posted by Alan at 1:11 PM on January 6, 2014

netgear-mediacastBetween Google TV devices and Chromecast, it would seem there are enough options to get Android into your living room. However Netgear has plans for one more for you, and this one is very much like the Chromecast produced by Google itself.

The device is called the NeoMediacast and it’s a pocket-sized HDMI dongle.¬†With NeoMediacast, service providers can develop and operate a complete media streaming solution that supports their multi-screen video initiatives, where quick time-to-market is critical, much the same way as the Google version works.

“Consumers are clamoring for new options for accessing digital content across their screens, including their wide-screen HD TVs. With the NeoMediacast HDMI Dongle, our service provider customers have the means to provide a plug-and-play solution to their subscribers that also provides opportunities for additional revenue stream”, said Michael Clegg, senior vice president and general manager for Service Provider Business at Netgear.

The device comes with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), there’s an SDK for developers, Micro SD card slot, 802.11ac and is Miracast-enabled. It will be available in the first half of 2014 and no price has been announced.