What Is The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC?
What is the MK802 Android mini PC? It is a tiny computer that is about the size of a slightly large USB flash drive. Like a computer, it has a CPU, a GPU, RAM and storage space and it even connects to the internet through built-in WiFi. As the name would suggest, it runs on Android operating system, the same as your Samsung Galaxy or Google Nexus smartphone.
This MK802 Android Mini PC review covers the contents of the MK802 package, the specifications, how to setup the MK802 plus suggestions on how to make use of one.
The MK802 has a HDMI connector instead of a VGA port. It connects to any monitor or HDTV with a HDMI port. It also comes with a couple of USB ports. These can be used to connect USB accessories such as keyboard, mouse (both wired and wireless), webcam, external USB hard drive or even a gamepad.
Like any computer, the MK802 can be used for email, web surfing, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, watching movies, listening to music, view photos and play games; just like any Android tablet except that you are running it off your large screen TV.
This is also the reason why the Android mini PC is also referred to as the Android Smart TV dongle or the Android TV stick as it actually transforms your TV into an Android computer.
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Unboxing the MK802 Android Mini PC - What is included in the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC box?
The MK802 Android TV stick came in a nicely packaged small green box with the Android logo on the front. The entire box weighs about 11.4 ounces. The box is sturdy and fairly well made so first impressions are good.
The following items are packed in the box:
> MK802 HDMI dongle which is about the size of half a deck of cards
> Simple but full color manual
> Mini HDMI cable
> USB cable
> Mini USB to USB adapter
> Power adapter
The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC has a few ports:
> A mini HDMI port to be used with the HDMI cable to connect to an HDMI capable display.
> A full sized USB port for connection to a supported USB peripheral.
> A mini USB port that can be used for powering the unit via USB. A mini USB adapter is provided in the package if you wish to convert it into an extra full sized USB port.
> Power port that connects to the provided power adapter to power the unit from the mains.
> A micro SD slot to expand the storage capacity if needed. It supports up to 32GB.
The unit itself is made from glossy plastic and is very light. The construction does not seem to be very sturdy but it does not look like a cheap device either.
MK802 Android Mini PC Specifications - Chipset, Memory, Storage size, Video Formats, Audio Formats, Size, Weight
The hardware specification of the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC is about average or the equivalent to what you will find on a mid range Android tablet released about a year ago.
Although it is not very powerful by any means but it is good enough for most people. It runs on a 1.5GHz Allwinner processor that is underclocked to 912 MHz. Not sure why this is so but it is most likely because the device is running pretty hot.
It has come to my attention that the 1.5GHz Allwinner processor is actually a mislabeling of sorts by the manufacturer as it is actually combination of 1.0GHz rating of the CPU and 0.5GHz rating of the GPU so the 912 MHz rating may be the max rating and not due to underclocking. Thanks Tatanko.
Currently there are 2 versions of the MK802, one with 512MB of RAM and another with 1GB RAM. This MK802 Android TV stick review is based on the newer 1GB version. Besides the RAM, everything else is the same. It also comes with 4GB of on board flash storage which you can further expand using the micro SD slot (up to 32GB) or hook up an external USB hard drive via one of the two USB slots.
If you are worried about the shortage of USB ports, don't be, as the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC supports USB hubs as well to increase the number of USB devices that you can connect to it. The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC measures 3 x 1 x 0.4 inches and weighs about 1 ounce.
Last but not least, the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC comes with built in WiFi (802.11b/g/n) but there is no accelerometer, Bluetooth or GPS receiver. All in all, the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC has quite an impressive hardware specification list for a device of its size and price.
The MK802 Mini PC for Android comes installed with Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which has better support for tablet devices and hence makes it more user friendly when connected to a big screen monitor or HDTV.
The MK802 Android TV dongle supports resolutions up to 1080p but the current firmware actually upscales 720p to 1080p so it is not real 1080p yet. The China manufacturer, Rikomagichas released an updated firmware that supports native 1080p but I have not installed it yet as it has some reported bugs.
Detailed instructions on downloading the latest Firmware Rev2 plus installation guide can be found on my Firmware Upgrade and Linux for MK802 Android Mini PC article.
I have finally updated my MK802 to the latest Rev2 firmware. I can confirm that the new firmware does support 1080p plus a few other new resoultion options as well.
Detailed instructions on how to update the firmware plus lots of useful information can be found at Envy This Stuff's MK802 FAQ.
If you are an advanced user, if might interest you to know that the MK802 Android dongle already comes rooted which means that it is very easy to modify the firmware or upload with alternative OSes. There are already developers who have come up with different flavors of Linux that runs on the MK802 including Fedora, Ubuntu and Puppy.
Check out my Firmware Upgrade and Linux for MK802 Android Mini PC article for a guide on all currently available Linux OS flavors for the MK802 plus instructions on where to download the images plus how to install them on the MK802.
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Setting up the MK802 Android TV Stick - Getting the MK802 Android TV Stick up and running in 5 minutes or less
Setting up the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC is really easy. First connect the provided mini HDMI cable to the MK802 and to your HDMI capable display. Make sure that the display supports 1080p or is at least HD Ready (able to downscale 1080p to 720p).
Please note that since the MK802 computer on a stick does not have a separate audio output port, audio is via HDMI and if your display does not have speakers you will not get any sound.
There is an alternative method to get sound if your HDMI display does not output audio. You will need a USB Sound Card. Just connect your speakers to the 3.5 mm audio jack on the sound card for audio.
Secondly, you need to connect some kind of USB input device for you to interact with the device. The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC supports a variety of devices including both wired and wireless mouse and keyboard, keyboard with touchpad or even a USB gamepad.
I have tried with both wired and wireless keyboard and mouse and both worked well. If you plan to use the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC with an HDTV in the living room, a wireless "fly mouse" is recommended. I have not tried this but others have and have reported them to work great in such an environment.
The Logitech Rumblepad 2 Gamepad has been found to work with the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC without any remapping required. The left analog stick has the same mapping as the d-pad but the right analog stick does not work.
The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC is also found to work well with both wired and wireless PS2 controllers with the use of a PSX to USB converter so if you have a PS2 controller lying around, you can use that as well.
If you are running short on USB ports, you can attach a USB hub (powered preferred) to increase the number of ports. The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC can be used as a media player by connecting an external hard drive with all your favorite movies. Others have also managed to connect a USB to Ethernet network adapter to use a wired connection instead of WiFi.
The newly released updated firmware is supposed to add support for webcams so that the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC can be used with Skype and other apps that require a webcam.
Check out my new article on How to use Skype on an MK802 Android Mini PC for easy 3-step instruction on setting up your MK802 Mini PC and selecting compatible USB webcams/microphones for Skype.
I have finally updated my MK802 to the latest Rev2 firmware. I made a quick test using a Logitech C270h webcam I had on hand.The mic worked but unfortunately I couldn't get the camera to work. I will experiment further with this.
“Power up the MK802 using the display's USB port as this means the device will power up and down together with the display ”
There is no power switch on the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC. To turn it on, just connect it to the mains with the included power adapter or connect the mini USB port to a powered USB port. One tip is to power up the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC using the display's USB port as this means the device will power up and down together with the display and save you the hassle of manually unplugging the MK802 to switch it off.
Booting up takes about 1 to 2 minutes and after that you are good to go. Like any Android device, you can link the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC to your Google account and it will sync with your Gmail account including your calendar and contacts.
The device comes preloaded with some apps including most standard Google apps such as the default Android browse and Gmail, a video player that supports playback of most video formats including MKV, AVI and MP4 and YouTube.
There are a few Chinese apps including an app for Chinese video site, Youku and Chinese movie streaming apps PPTV and PPS.
The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC comes with access to the Google Play store so you can download both paid and free apps from the store. If you already own an Android phone, paid apps that you already own will show up here as well if you have linked your Google account to the device and you can download those to the MK802 without paying for them again.
For a more detailed write up on the actual setup process, check out my Turn Your TV into a Smart TV with the MK802 Android Mini PC lens.
If you face any problems while setting up your MK802 you can check out the MK802 Android Mini PC Troubleshooting Guide for possible solutions.
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USB keyboard and mouse combos that work with the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC
These wireless keyboard combos have been verified by MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC users to work using either the original firmware or the updated V2 firmware. A wireless keyboard allows you to sit back comfortably from your TV as you control the MK802.
Check out my detailed review of the Rii, iPazzPort and FAVI mini wireless keyboards and how well they work with the MK802 and other Android Mini PCs.
Portable USB 2.4GHz Wireless Air Fly Mouse Multi Keyboard for PC (Black)
If you plan to use the MK802 together with a big screen HDTV then the best way to navigate is to use a flymouse type of keyboard plus mouse controller. The flymouse allows you to control the cursor on the screen like a Wii remote by moving it in the air and if you need to enter any text, you can do it quickly and accurately with the built-in full QWERTY keypad. Highly recommended.
Unisen iPazzPort KP-810-18R Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad with Learning Infrared (IR) Remote Control 2.4G RF Google TV Compatible
Another great mini wireless keyboard to pair with the MK808. This one has a touch pad instead of air mouse function. On one side is a full 82 key QWERTY keyboard with backlight while on the other is a learning IR remote for 2 devices. Check out my full review of the keyboard here.
Need some ideas on how to make use of the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC?
Now that you know what the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC is and what it can do, you may be wondering about the usefulness of such a device beyond having a portable computer especially if you already own an Android phone which can do everything that the MK802 can do and probably more. Here are some ideas.
CONVERT YOUR DUMB TV INTO A SMART TV
By connecting the MK802 to your HDTV, you instantly upgrade it into a smart TV that is better and more powerful than any smart TV that is currently on the market today.
Not only does it allow you to browse the internet with full support for Flash, you will also have access to online video sites like YouTube, social media sites like FaceBook and Twitter, media streaming services such as Netflix and Pandora.
It can also run most of the thousands of available Android apps on Google Play including games such as Angry Birds Space which incidentally already comes preinstalled.
SHOW ME HOW!
Easy step by step instructions on converting your HDTV into a state-of-the-art Smart TV using the MK802 Android PC for under US$100!
TURN THE MK802 INTO A MEDIA PLAYER
The included media player is quite a capable player that is able to play almost all the movie files that I threw at it. At this moment, the MK802 is still not as versatile or as user friendly as a dedicated media player.
For those who are interested in this function, you will be pleased to know that there are currently efforts in place to port XBMC over to Android. XBMC is an open source media player that is highly customizable and has huge support from the developer community.
The team that is porting XBMC over to Android have been working on it for a month now. Unfortunately they have hit a few snags, the biggest being support from Allwinner is lacking and the team is unable to get hardware video decoding working. It could be just a communication problem and there is a Plan B to use an external player from within XBMC. I am still keeping my fingers crossed on this.
NEED AN EXTRA COMPUTER FOR THE KITCHEN OR BEDROOM?
If you have a spare HDMI capable display lying around, you can just hook up the MK802 to it together with a wireless keyboard/mouse and you have a great internet capable computer that can store all your recipe and cooking videos to be used in the kitchen or for some quick web browsing before falling asleep.
The MK802 itself can be neatly tucked away at the back of the display for a neat wire-free setup.
IT IS NOT A REAL COMPUTER UNLESS IT RUNS LINUX
If you are a Linux fan or if you had always wondered what attracts all the geeks to Linux, you can turn the MK802 into a quick and dirty Linux computer by running Ubuntu or one of the many flavors of Linux that has been successfully ported over to MK802.
What's even cooler is that you can dual boot the MK802 by loading Linux into the micro SD and let it boot from it. You also have the choice of replacing the firmware entirely. This is currently still work in progress as there are still functions that are still not working well yet but that is what you Linux guys live for right?
TURN IT INTO AN ANDROID NOTEBOOK COMPUTER
If you can get your hands on a Motorola Atrix Lapdock which is basically a dumb dock with a screen, keyboard and trackpad that was sold as an accessory for the Motorola Atrix phone, you can turn the MK802 into a notebook computer. You can read on the details on how this is done and watch videos of the setup here.
Continuing on ideas on how to use the MK802 Mini PC
CREATE THE ULTIMATE GAMING MACHINE!
While the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC is not ideal for running most Android games due to the lack of a touch screen and other hardware limitations, you can turn it into a classic gaming device by hooking up 2 USB game controllers and then install game emulators such as GENPlusDroid (Genesis emulator), SNESDoid (SNES emulator), SuperGNES (SNES emulator), NESDroid (NES emulator) and MAME4droid (arcade emulator).
Here are test results from users on their experience in running emulators on the MK802.
> SNESDroid - Roms ran ok but sound was choppy
> SNESoid - works good
> John NES Lite - worked good
> Frodo C64 - worked good
> N64oid - work with a few glitches and no lag
You may not even be restricted to just classic gaming despite the MK802's pretty average CPU as there is a possibility of installing OnLive on the MK802 and play the latest PC games!
For games that uses onscreen game pad controls, you can use the GameKeyboard app to map the touch buttons onto a physical game controller.
If you do not want to subscribe to OnLive, you can try your luck at streaming PC games directly from your own PC. This is similar to the OnLive service except that the games run off your PC instead on OnLive's servers. You will need the Kainy app on the MK802 and it will stream the games via Wifi or 3G. You will need the GameKeyboard app as well to map the onscreen controls to a game pad.
Thanks to exodus for the idea
SKYPE ME ON MY TV
Now that the new firmware supports webcams, it is even possible to turn your TV into a Skype device. Just plug a cheap USB webcam into the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC and you got yourself a Skype capable TV for under $100. You can now Skype with your relatives and friends from the comfort of your couch.
Thanks to exodus for the idea
Since I have created a separate article on running Skype on the MK802, I have moved all the updates from this article over to the new article. For details on how to setup Skype and a list of camera choices, please visit the link below.
SHOW ME HOW!
Easy step by step instructions on turning your HDTV into a Skype capable device. Engage in video conference calls from the comfort of your couch.
Well, not really but the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC can run a remote desktop app like LogMeIn, PocketCloud or Splashtop and connect to your PC running Windows. The screen refresh rate is a bit slow so you won't be watching videos on it but you can control most functions and a great way to show off to your friends.
USE IT AS A BITTORRENT RIG
The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC's power consumption is only about 3 Watts at full load which is very low and makes it ideal as a torrent rig. Install a free torrent client like tTorrent Lite or aDownloader and connect a 1TB external hard drive and you are good to go. Happy torrenting!
USE THE MK802 AS A HOME AUTOMATION CONTROLLER
Read about Yoctopuce's efforts in using the MK802 as a simple wireless controller for a home automation system. It is a workable solution but they faced some problems with poor WiFi connection on the MK802.
If you are interested in home automation, check out my INSTEON Home Automation article on how to get a working home automation system on a budget.
USE THE MK802 AS A FIREWORKS REMOTE CONTROL
This is another great project from Yoctopuce that pairs an MK802 and an iPhone to work as a fireworks remote control. The iPhone is used as a controller that communicates with the MK802 via WiFi which in turn controls a relay that fires the fireworks. Yoctopuce has instructions plus a nice video that shows off his handiwork.
USB webcams that work with the MK802 Android Mini PC
These USB webcams have been verified to work with Skype on the MK802. Please note that firmware update and/or additional apps may be required to get them to work properly. For details and full listing of tested webcams and mics, please refer to How to use Skype on an MK802 Android Mini PC.
USB gamepads that work with the MK802
Plan to do a little gaming on the MK802? These game controllers have been tested and verified to work on the MK802.
Other USB devices that work with the MK802
Here are a few other USB devices that work on the MK802.
The Verdict - The pros and cons of the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC
The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC currently sells for about US$70 and it is available online from eBay, Amazon and many online retailers. For its price, it's a great device but keep your expectation at realistic levels considering the hardware specifications.If you are shopping for a new TV, you can save a whole lot by forgoing the Smart TV function and just buy an MK802 instead. Android 4.0 works surprisingly well without a touch screen but a fly mouse is highly recommended.Great support for USB devices and peripherals especially for mice, keyboard, trackpads, game pads, thumb drives, external hard drives. Latest firmware from Rikomagic adds support for webcam and LAN adapter.Because the device comes rooted out of the box, it is also targeted at the developer community so expect to see a lot of hacking and adding of versatility to the MK802 in the near future.
The 1.5GHz Allwinner processor (underclocked to 912 Mhz) does show its age and can choke when you try to do too many things at once or run processor intensive apps such as high end games. While the manufacturer has released a firmware update to support true 1080p, I think 720p may be more suited for it.Since the MK802 does not have a touch screen or accelerometer, any app that requires multi touch or accelerometer input will not work.< Update >There is now a solution for apps that require multitouch and accelerometer support. It requires a firmware update and the Droidmote server app. Details here.No Bluetooth but users have reported that it does work with certain Bluetooth mice and keyboards with the addition of a USB Bluetooth dongle.No GPS but I don't find this to be a big issue as you won't be using the MK802 on the go.No analog audio output so it cannot be used with a pair of earphones. Audio is only via HDMI.Some users have been complaining about difficulty in connecting to their router or the MK802 causing interference to their WiFi network. Further details on this issue and possible solutions here.
The MK802 does produce quite a bit of heat especially if you are doing processor intensive tasks such as watching HD video for a prolong period. So far it has not caused any problems yet but I have this nagging fear that it might burn out one day.If you plan to run the MK802 for extended periods, it is possible to mod it by adding heat sinks. Details here.Follow me on TwitterI update this review on a frequent basis with new information. Follow me on Twitter for update notifications on my Squidoo activity.Follow @SquidooRoy<< Image Credit - Roy Yap >>
Check out my comprehensive guide that highlights all the important features and differences between all the different Android mini computers.
MK802 II Android Mini PC
There is an upgraded version of the MK802 called the MK802 II Android 4.0 Mini PC. However, this is only a very minor upgrade to the original Mk802. The biggest differences are:
- Revised form factor with a full sized HDMI connector built into the unit itself. You can now plug the MK802 II directly into the display's HDMI port without the need for an additional HDMI cable.
- An additional mini-USB port bringing the total number of USB ports to 3 - 2 Mini-USB and 1 full size USB.
- Soft start/shutdown now possible. The original MK802 can only be powered down by cutting off power to the unit.
Besides the above differences, the new MK802 II is about identical to the original MK802.
Rikomagic MK802 II New Generation Mini Android 4.0 PC Google TV Box HD IPTV Player
The new MK802 II comes in a brand new form factor which makes it easier connection to TV/Displays with a built-in full size HDMI connector located conveniently at the end of the device.
A newly redesigned ESD circuitry protects and eliminates ESD problems. An additional mini USB port has been added and the device now has a total of 3 USB ports while maintaining its incredibly compact form factor.
MK802 III Android Mini PC
The MK802 III Dual Core Android 4.1 Mini PC is Rikomagic's (the manufacturer of the MK802) update to the MK802 which is based on the Rockchip dual core RK3066 chipset. It is similar to the MK808 as it comes with 8GB of storage and also Android 4.1 (Jellybean).
Check out my MK802 III Review for more details.
Rikomagic MK802 III Dual Core Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Mini PC Rockchip RK3066 1.6Ghz Cortex A9 1GB RAM 8G ROM HDMI (Black)
This is the Dual-Core TV box model from Rikomagic. It comes with Android 4.1OS and 1GB DDR RAM and 8GB ROM. The MK802 III Android dongle can support 1080P video (1920*1080).
The Other Opinions
Other reviews of the MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC
Engadget - MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC hands-on impressionsAndroid Central - AllWinner MK802 - A Quick Hands-On ReviewLaptop Mag - Android 4.0 Mini PC ReviewLiliputing - $74 MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC: First impressions (video)
Are you an MK802 owner? Let us know what you think of it.
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Please leave your comments here
chuck-harris-946 on May 09, 2014:
Nice report, very comprehensive.
I am currently experimenting with a MK802 using it as a mini pc to operate a rear projection multi touch shop window, using both projector and infrared camera with touch screen software.
I had to use a HDMI to VGA adapter and a USB multiplier to achieve enough ports to handle all the power required.
I would love to be able to run powerpoint or similar on it, any ideas ?
I am also interested to connect multiple units via wireless internet to run simultaneous media and stream direct to multiple units with one main control centre operating multiple units simultaneously, logically it should work, practically we will try to try and try until we succeed, any suggestions to make my quest a whole lot simpler would be much appreciated.
Aladdins Cave from Melbourne, Australia on December 03, 2013:
I don't know what to say. Lost for words. I had to bookmark page. Brain can not cope with amount of info. WOW. Can I give you two likes ? :) I'm tweeting this. See you again.
Cheers from DOWNUNDER
TheFabMarketer on October 31, 2013:
The content on this lens is amazing!!!! I never even knew about this Android product. Thanks, Roy for bringing it to my attention.
royyap (author) on September 24, 2013:
@hd-giare-9: Yes, the MK802 does get a little hot. I mentioned this in the review.
hd-giare-9 on September 23, 2013:
too small product, if working a long time, it will hot ?
wolvyz on May 05, 2013:
This is one great PC stick.
anonymous on March 02, 2013:
I have Linux but prefer WIndows simply because most INTERNET tools and programs don't run on Linux and I don't want to download any annoying virtual box or whatever to run Windows programs
royyap (author) on February 19, 2013:
@anonymous: Hah! Finally found a fellow Star Wars fan who appreciates my attempt at humor. Now, if only I can use Jedi mind tricks to get more visitors to my lenses :)
Feel free to contact me personally if you want to ask anything about the Android tv stick or about my lenses.
anonymous on February 18, 2013:
These are not the droids you are looking for, LOVE IT!!! only true Star Wars fans appreciate that like I do. This lens rocked and as soon as my boss (Wife) let's me get more tech stuff I'm buying one. I will also be saving your lens as an example to my self. Thank you for the inspiration, you have show me the really amazing things that can be done on Squidoo.
gadgetbuff on February 05, 2013:
Lots of great info here. Thanks.
tubal on January 22, 2013:
I have the mk808b with built in bluetooth. I have it hooked up to my home entertainment system, and connected to my dlna network. The sound and the picture are both very very good. I don't have any issues with it, it works great to send and receive miltimedia. I just wish the os was desigined to be more intuitively usable with a keyboard and touchpad controler combo. Maybe somebody knows a way one can use the combo better, maybe there are some apps. The one window at a time is discouraging as well, but then all these complaints are equally applied to my android phone and tablet. We have come a long way in the past 25 years, but there is still a long way to go. In 25 years you will probably have a great number of these flowing around in your veins.
royyap (author) on January 18, 2013:
@anonymous: There are mixed opinions about the WiFi reception. Some people reported very poor reception or interference with other 2.4GHz equipment. Personally I didn't experienced any problems but I have read enough of the complaints to acknowledge that there may be problems. If you are worried about WiFi, I suggest that you get the Minix Neo G4.
anonymous on January 16, 2013:
What could you tell me about the wireless reception? I've heard that the router must be no more two feet away to really work. Thank you.
neverasbad on December 17, 2012:
First time I've heard of the Android Mini PC. Very interesting concept...a PC a size of a USB stick. Great lens, with tons of great info.
neol12 on December 15, 2012:
Great info. The tech now is fast~
mistaben on December 05, 2012:
Good review and helpful info. Many thanks!
RandySturridge on December 05, 2012:
Very well constructed and loaded with most relevant information. I greatly enjoyed reading this lens and look forward to going through your other ones. I am quite new to squidoo and this is one of best layouts that I have seen thus far. If you get a chance do check out my one and only lens at the moment "My poetry Corner." You will be intrigued I'm sure as it strays from the standard and is very raw in it's content. I have liked this lens and shared it to twitter. I do hope this drives more traffic your way as this is very cutting edge and much sought after information. Take care and hope to speak with you again soon as well as comment on your other lens as they seem to have the most up to date information specific to the capabilities of android and it's ups and downs...as well as your own input that I found most valuable. I strive to craft my future lenses as well as this one and thank you for the opportunity to get such a great example to set for myself with respect to time vested and format that is not to direct advertising as some I've seen. Take care and hope to see you in my neck of the words for a min of two.
amitsarkar lm on December 01, 2012:
I need to purchase an Android product(tab) think this time i have some idea of this Android.. Thanks for your guid
Vikki from US on November 23, 2012:
I hadn't even heard of it until I saw your page. Sounds cool! Excellent information here as well. Blessed!
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anonymous on November 15, 2012:
my mk802 not able to detect my iphone 4s wifi thus unable to go to the internet to start surfing
royyap (author) on November 07, 2012:
@Mami Design: Thanks for the angel dust. Much appreciated.
Mami Design on November 07, 2012:
Great lens! Blessed!
royyap (author) on November 04, 2012:
@anonymous: You can connect the MK802 to the internet by tethering to your smartphone if you have such a plan. Secondly, you can use a wifi 3G dongle. Thirdly, I have read that some users have successfully used a 3G USB dongle but not all dongles are supported. I have not done much research on this so I do not know which ones are supported.
anonymous on November 04, 2012:
well it's my turn to comment now. i just bought this very nice machine, installed almost every ubuntu flavor but i have a big question. is it possible to boot default android 4 and connect to the internet via gprs, gsm, 3g usb modem; i want to have internet connection on the go outdoor everywhere i go. is it possible? and if yes which way? thanx a lot for any replies
royyap (author) on November 04, 2012:
@anonymous: Update the firmware to one of the rooted versions like Ubuntu. Check https://discover.hubpages.com/technology/mk802-and... for instructions.
anonymous on November 03, 2012:
I bought my at Amazon couple weeks ago. It has ICS 4.0.4 on board.
All is good except there is no root access and the worst part - SD card and external USB are read only! There is no way to fix it without root access.
So far I can't figure out how to make SD/USB writeable and so I can't use torrent or other downloads. Pity...
royyap (author) on November 03, 2012:
@anonymous: All tested webcams (not necessary by me) are listed on the Skype article - https://discover.hubpages.com/technology/mk802-sky
anonymous on October 31, 2012:
Very useful information. I am thinking to get one for SKYPE video chat. Could you please list which HD webcams that you tested didn't work with MK802? Did you try any 1080P webcam? Thanks.
royyap (author) on October 31, 2012:
@mariacarbonara: Being a China made product, it will never be fully ready. The great thing about the MK802 is the open source support. Among all the similar devices, it currently has the most support.
mariacarbonara on October 31, 2012:
Very interesting looking device and seems very cheap. Is this ready for prime time or is it better to wait until a more stable version comes out?
anonymous on October 30, 2012:
No! Excellent in-depth review! Very informative lens Roy, thanks!
royyap (author) on October 27, 2012:
@beaworkathomemom: I have to admit that browsing on a laptop or even a tablet is still preferable mainly due to the fact that a mouse or a touchscreen is still the superior control method. However, I think it won't be long before someone comes out with a more intuitive control method for browsing on a TV.
beaworkathomemom on October 27, 2012:
talk about innovation! now, we're gonna use our tv to surf the web! but i'd prefer to use my laptop/ desktop. but thanks for sharing! it's my first time hearing about this :D
royyap (author) on October 17, 2012:
@George-Christie: Thanks. Glad you liked it.
George-Christie on October 17, 2012:
That's an amazing lens Roy!! Well done!!
royyap (author) on October 16, 2012:
@anonymous: Funny that you should ask this. The Uhost2 is expected to be on sale by the end of Oct and I just written a preview of it at https://hubpages.com/technology/uhost2-dual-core-a...
anonymous on October 15, 2012:
@anonymous: When is Uhost2 going to be released? I am looking to buy one mini-pc but not sure if I should wait for Uhost2.
AdriatiX on October 15, 2012:
Amazing review. Thumbs up.
Kevin Rhodes from Connecticut, USA on October 12, 2012:
I have yet to try, but this is on my list of things to get.
royyap (author) on October 09, 2012:
@anonymous: Based on the specs on that site, I would say the MK802 III is a repackaging of the UG802. It has the same RK3066 chipset as the UG802 and MK808 but it comes with Android 4.0 like the UG802. The MK808 comes with Android 4.1. Check out my MK808 and UG802 reviews plus my MK802 vs UG802 comparison for more info.
anonymous on October 09, 2012:
Search in other forum and found that MK802 III is out, is that w2comp trustable? Thanks.
ukprowriter on October 09, 2012:
Great lens Roy. And great advice
Deeann56 on October 08, 2012:
thanks for your advice on the forum - great lens btw
anonymous on September 20, 2012:
anonymous on September 20, 2012:
Smallart Limited also develop this mini-pc which named Uhost by us.
CPU: Cortex A8 allwinner A10 1.0Ghz
ROM: 4G nandflash
OS: android 4.0.4
Flash: support above 11.0 flash
I/O ports: 1*USB 2.0 port, 1*Mini USB port, 1*HDMI, TF card port
Network: wireless LAN 802.11 b/n/g
As I know, they are developing next generation Uhost, named Uhost2, I have checked their design file, Uhost2 is really amazing.
Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on September 19, 2012:
No, but I want one! I am impressed!
Cavedweller on September 13, 2012:
You should the the purple star for that one! Great Job!
TV-Tech on September 11, 2012:
Awesome lens! Definitely peaked my curiosity about this. I had no idea this stuff existed.
royyap (author) on September 09, 2012:
@anonymous: If you have an Android phone, you can use Droidmote that turns your phone into a controller for the MK802. You can then use the accelerometer on the phone for those types of games. However, you will need to update the firmware with one that supports droidmote. Google for "MK802 droidmote".
anonymous on September 09, 2012:
Is it possible to use the accelerometer of of a controller for accelerometer based games?
nick-chen-5494 on September 08, 2012:
good news. So I guess you installed google voice search and then everything worked...right? Maybe this apk has some kind of driver inside. Anyway, so long it works!
royyap (author) on September 08, 2012:
@anonymous: If it is frozen at the android boot-up screen, you can try checking if the MK802 is getting enough power. Use the included power adapter instead of the USB cable. Also, try a different HDMI port on the TV if you have more than one.
anonymous on September 08, 2012:
Iv recently bought the mk802 and plugged it in. The android home screen comes on that's all i get what seems to be the problem
anonymous on September 08, 2012:
@nick-chen-5494: The same trick works fine also for LifeCam VX-800
Thank you Nick-chen-5494
royyap (author) on September 07, 2012:
@anonymous: Did you use the included power adapter to power up the MK802? If you are using USB, perhaps there is not enough power for the wifi.
royyap (author) on September 06, 2012:
@anonymous: There have been reports that other HDMI cables may cause interference with the wifi reception. Is it able to detect the wifi signal at all?
anonymous on September 06, 2012:
Bought 1 of these and it wont connect to the internet it is saying not in range .Tried moving it next to wireless router and still the same. I have tried restarting wireless router.
any ideas how to fix this ?
anonymous on September 05, 2012:
Awesome review, a wealth of information. Thanks!!!
royyap (author) on September 04, 2012:
@nick-chen-5494: Thanks for the feedback Nick. I'll put it up on the Skype lens and see if anyone else can reproduce this.
royyap (author) on September 04, 2012:
@nick-chen-5494: Hi Nick. Excellent suggestions. I will test it out and then add it on to my lens. Thanks for sharing.
nick-chen-5494 on September 04, 2012:
another little project I worked on over labor day weekend, turning MK802 into an Apple TV.
I installed this app: AirPlay and DLNA/UPnP Player, found at Google Play. There is no configuration needed, just run it in background.
Then I can airplay my iphone/ipad's photo, music, youtube to MK802's big TV screen. Movies sometimes stutter though.
Since it's a DLNA player too, you can use it with Android device too. I have a HTC T-mobile G2, and I installed Twonkey beam on it. Now I can beam nearly everything to MK802.
Note for DLNA player only app (without airplay part), bubbleUPNP is a better good one, since it works with external video player like MX player.
So if your main purpose with MK802 is to watch videos, you can look at this combination. This way, you can control playback on a cellphone. I think I'm just lazy and don't like to use mouse/keyboard that much :)
Have fun with your Mk802
nick-chen-5494 on September 04, 2012:
very nice review and guide, maybe the best I've read online so far.
Now I have a comment about Skype.
You state in your article that no one has yet identified a working webcam/mic combo device. But my Logitech C210 (~20-30 bucks on amazon) is working fine for me. I can use it for both video and audio. Below is a summary of how I made this work, I think:
When I first plugged it into MK802, running FW Rev.2, only camera worked, and mic was not functioning on skype. I was about to abandon the project until somehow later I side loaded google ICS voice search apk, found at XDA, here:
I cann't remember why I did this, so maybe I just hit this by luck. Anyway, after installing the apk, and rebooting the device, I suddenly found both video and audio worked. So now I can enjoy skype on a big screen with only one device, instead of two separate devices as some other users.
Hope someone can confirm and reproduce this trick. Again, here is my configuration: MK802 1GB, FW Rev.2, Logitech C210 webcam, google ICS voice search apk installed.
Good luck everyone.
royyap (author) on September 03, 2012:
@anonymous: No, you can't. Sorry. The HDMI port on your DVD player is for output only. The only way to resolve your problem is to use a HDMI to VGA/Component/Composite digital-to-analog converter. You need an actual converter and not just a HDMI to VGA/Component cable.
anonymous on September 03, 2012:
Can I plug this into a HDMI output on a DVD/Blu Ray player & then connect the player to my TV? I don't have a HDMI port on my TV.
Fay Favored from USA on September 02, 2012:
Good review and plenty of information for us. Thanks.
anonymous on August 31, 2012:
very informative lens.
royyap (author) on August 27, 2012:
@Gypzeerose: Thank you for blessing and the compliment.
Rose Jones on August 27, 2012:
Excellent lens. This is how a product review is done right. Blessed.
anonymous on August 27, 2012:
I managed to finally find one with next day delivery from www.android-mk802.weebly.com/
atomicgirl24 on August 26, 2012:
This is an amazing find! Thanks for sharing-- I am always on the lookout for the latest cutting edge technology.
SpartaProductions on August 23, 2012:
@royyap: That makes sense. Cheers!
royyap (author) on August 23, 2012:
@SpartaProductions: The air fly mouse has a separate wifi USB dongle that attaches to one of the USB ports on the MK802. So yea, it can connect to your network and the air fly mouse at the same time.
SpartaProductions on August 23, 2012:
Great review. I am looking for a media player replacement for my mum since the online world switched the format from avi to MP4 and her Nbox cannot play MP4.
One quick question, I see this has Wi-fi built in, can the airfly mouse be connected to the MK802 at the same time as the MK802 is connected to my home network?
royyap (author) on August 23, 2012:
@Ardyn25: Thanks for visiting my lens.
royyap (author) on August 23, 2012:
@WriterJanis2: Glad you liked it. Thanks for dropping by.
WriterJanis2 on August 22, 2012:
Really good review. You covered so much.
Ardyn25 on August 22, 2012:
I learned something new, thanks for posting this.
royyap (author) on August 21, 2012:
@goo2eyes lm: The MK802 is an Android device so if you can operate an Android phone, you will feel right at home with the MK802. The big difference is of course it does not have a touch screen but it works well with a mouse and keyboard.
The big attraction for the MK802 is that it can be easily hacked and modified so that is actually where the "computer language" part comes in but you don't need to know the finer details if you just want to use it as is.
goo2eyes lm on August 20, 2012:
i am not a computer genius. i admire you who can understand the computer language.
royyap (author) on August 19, 2012:
@anonymous: Yes, the updated firmware is 4.0.4.
anonymous on August 19, 2012:
I just want to know if the last Firmware is ICS 4.0.4!??
The answer will help me a lot =]
And thank you for you time !
rawwwwwws lm on August 16, 2012:
No, thanks for sharing!
royyap (author) on August 14, 2012:
@anonymous: I can't vouch for weebly but I got mine through eBay. Others got theirs through Aliexpress and Amazon.
anonymous on August 14, 2012:
This weebly website looks like hoax. What's with this price?!
royyap (author) on August 06, 2012:
@anonymous: I have recently reinstalled my firmware and I noticed that the PPS and PPTV apps are already pre-installed with the MK802. I didn't notice this because I deleted most of the pre-installed apps previously as I didn't have any use for them.
royyap (author) on August 02, 2012:
@anonymous: To enlighten non-Malaysian visitors, section 14 Digital Mall is a popular IT mall located in Malaysia.
I agree that the MK802 can be sluggish due to the rather jaded processor but you cannot really compare it with the Nexus 7 as they are different devices altogether although they both run on Android. Furthermore, the Nexus 7 has no MHL or HDMI output so you are restricted to the 7" screen.
royyap (author) on August 02, 2012:
@anonymous: Ahhh...thanks for the clarification. I don't watch Chinese movies or dramas regularly so I had to Google on PPS and PPTV. Looks like there are Android apps available but you might have to side load those. So I guess it is possible to watch PPS/PPTV.
anonymous on August 02, 2012:
Green monster mean PPS or PPTV.
anonymous on August 02, 2012:
you can buy from section 14 digital mall. The response is quite lag.. what to expect from small device. better buy nexus 7.
royyap (author) on July 26, 2012:
Do you mean stream as in online streaming? As long as there is an app for it, for example Netflix or Hulu, then yes, it will stream. It can also stream from Flash sites but the video quality depends on the site and generally not as good as using an app.
If you meant playing videos from an external source like a connected USB hard drive or via a local network, it has no problems doing so.
anonymous on July 26, 2012:
Can it stream movies like those tv box from china?