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Garmin's working on an Android streaming stick for your TV

Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
November 18, 2015
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Although Garmin is mostly known for its GPS navigation systems, the company recently started expanding its scope to other things including wearables. Now, according to FCC documents, Garmin looks to be ready to introduce an Android-powered media stick. As Liliputing reports, Garmin's Vivohub 2 (pictured below) is described as a device that can turn your dumb TV into a smart one -- similar to products such as the Google Chromecast or Roku Streaming Stick. Strangely enough, the leaked user's manual suggests the Vivohub 2 runs 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is far from being the freshest version of Android. In addition to that, the stick is said to come with a 1GHz Amlogic AML826 dual-core processor, ARM Mali-400 graphics, 1GB of RAM and support for both Bluetooth and WiFi.

At the moment, it isn't quite clear how Garmin will pitch this to its core consumer base, but maybe there's a plan to make it work alongside the Vivofit activity-tracking ecosystem.


Update: Garmin appears to have listed the Vivohub 2 on its site, but makes no mention of Android or any media-streaming capabilities. Instead, much like the original Vivohub, the new device seems to be focused on corporate wellness, too. Either way, we're waiting for Garmin to reply to our inquiry regarding what the Vivihub 2 is really all about.


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