Thursday, April 15, 2021

Walmart makes an Android TV stick under its Onn brand

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Walmart sells everything from Roku-powered smart TVs to tablets to gaming keyboards under its affordable Onn brand. Now, the retailer is apparently stepping further into the smart TV space with its first Android TV stick. Spotted in a FCC List by Android TV Guide, Walmart’s new device looks like a fairly basic dongle that plugs into your device’s HDMI port. However, it’s unclear whether the stick (which bears the Onn logo) will offer access to Android TV or the revamped version. Google tv interface. The listing says the stick works on Android TV 10, but the accompanying remote looks like Google TV’s, according to 9to5Google.

The remote also has quick launch buttons for major video and streaming services including YouTube, Netflix, Disney + and (notably) HBO Max. Inside the stick is an Amlogic s805Y chip that only provides Full HD resolution, so don’t expect at least 4K in this model. Overall, it looks like this particular device will be pretty basic, as we’ve come to expect from the Onn line.

It also appears that the stick uses a micro-USB for charging instead of the more common USB-C connector. Walmart is also adding an HDMI extension cable, in case your TV is on a stand or you want the dongle to be closer to your WiFi router to boost the connection. There’s no word on a release date, but an FCC listing usually says a launch is imminent.

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