The arrival of streaming apps has made more and more users create or wish to have a mediacenter for their entertainment. The type of mediacenter that stands out the most is the one based on Android, Androi TV, because unlike Kodi, Android TV allows us to install services such as Netflix, Wuaki, Youtube, etc ...
With Raspberry Pi we can create an Android TV but its low ram memory means that many apps do not work correctly. However, this does not happen with boards like PINE64 that with 2 Gb of ram allow us to install any version of Android and thus get the Android TV.
To create our Android TV we will need a PINE64 board with 2 Gb of ram, a microusb power charger, a 64 Gb microsd card, a PINE64 case, a Wifi key, a push button and a mouse or keyboard for the previous configurations. If we have a router near the TV where we will connect the Android TV, we can change the Wifi key for a network cable.
PINE64 has a compatible image of Android 6 that we can download and install for free
Once we have these components, we have to go to this website and get the Android image for PINE64, this image gives us Android 6 for our PINE64, something interesting that It will allow us to install any app thanks to the access to the PlayStore that it has. So once downloaded, we record it on the microsd card. When we have the image recorded, we have to connect the button or pushbutton to the current pins of PINE64, which results in a power button that works as follows: a short press to turn off the screen and a long press to do reset or turn off our Android TV.
Now we just have to connect our Android TV to the TV and follow the configuration steps, steps that are the same as those we do when we launch a smartphone. After that, we only have install the streaming apps we want to have our perfect Android TV.
The price of it all is less than $ 50 which makes this Android TV with PINE64 an interesting option for those who want to spend little money on this device, don't you think?