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Turn Your TV into a Smart TV with the MK802 Android Mini PC

Updated on November 25, 2013

Make Your TV Smarter with the MK802 Android PC

Learn how you can convert your old HDTV into a Smart TV with an MK802 Android Mini PC. Browse the web, use Facebook, check Twitter, watch YouTube, email, Skype and do much more.

Smart TV or Connected TV is the combination of the modern high definition television set with the internet. Smart TVs are blurring the lines between a computer and a television and they are bringing the internet to the living room.

There are 2 types of Smart TVs, the first is a television that has the Smart TV capability built in while the second is the pairing of an internet connected set top box with a non-internet connected TV.

The MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC is a minuscule Android computer that fits in the palm of your hand and runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It has no display screen but instead connects to an external display using a HDMI connection.

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The pairing of an HDTV with the MK802 as a set top box creates a Smart TV that is arguably better than any Smart TV that is currently produced by the top television manufacturers today like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung or LG. The best thing is that the entire setup for this state-of-the-art Smart TV costs less than US$100!

This lens will show you all the hardware and software that you will need for this simple project.

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Mini MK802 Android 4.0 Google TV Box HD IPTV Player PC Allwinner A10 1G DDR3

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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.

Hardware Requirement - A short list of hardware that you require

The MK802 Android PC comes with all the cables that you will need to connect it to a display and a power source. The only hardware that you will need to add is a keyboard and a mouse and of course the HDMI display itself. All other hardware is optional but they can enhance the versatility of this great gadget.

  1. Any dumb high definition television set that has an HDMI input. You can also use a display monitor that has an HDMI input but it requires built-in speakers. I will explain why later.

    If you own an older TV that does not have an HDMI input, you still can connect the MK802 to your TV but you will need an additional piece of equipment. Read about the details here.

  2. MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC. The brains behind the Smart TV. For more information on the MK802 including information on the many other possible uses, read my article MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC Review. The MK802 Android PC comes with an HDMI cable, a USB cable, a mini USB to USB adapter and a power adapter. The list price is currently US$74 but you can get it on Amazon or eBay for under $70 shipped.
  3. An input device. You have a few choices. Pick the one that fits your budget. The cheapest option is a set of wired keyboard plus wired mouse. You probably have a set of these lying unused around your house.

    For convenience, a set of 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse or wireless keyboard with track pad is preferred. You should be able to pick up a good set for under US$20. WARNING! The MK802 Android PC does not support Bluetooth or IR keyboard and mouse. There is only support for 2.4GHz types.

    For the best user experience, a wireless air fly mouse the costs about $35 is the best but adding this might tip over the $100 budget.

  4. [ OPTIONAL ] USB hub to connect more than 2 USB devices to the MK802. For example, connecting a USB keyboard, USB mouse and a USB thumb drive.
  5. [ OPTIONAL ] External 1TB hard drive for storage of high definition movies. This is optional and not really a Smart TV function but the MK802 Android PC is capable of playing HD movies encoded in most formats. You don't have to get this if you don't want to.

    For NTFS support, you will need to update the MK802's firmware to CyanogenMod, a free alternative firmware. For more information on updating the MK802 firmware please visit Firmware Upgrade and Linux for MK802 Android Mini PC.

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AFUNTA Hdmi Cable Adapters Kit (6 Adapters)
AFUNTA Hdmi Cable Adapters Kit (6 Adapters)

A set of 6 different HDMI adapters to cover all your possible needs.

 

Setting Up the TV with the MK802 Android PC - Connect everything in 3 easy steps

If you have all the hardware parts ready, now is the time to put them all together. Don't worry, the steps are real easy and you will have your new Smart Tv up and running in no time.

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  1. Connect the included mini HDMI cable to the MK802 Android PC. Plug in the smaller end of the cable to the HDMI port at the tip of the device and plug the bigger end of the HDMI cable to one of the HDMI ports on the television. Please refer to the photos above and below.

    Take note that the MK802 Android PC has no analog audio output. Audio output is possible only via HDMI. If your HDMI display has no built in speakers or any means to connect to external speakers, you will not get any audio.

  2. If you are using wired keyboard and/or mouse, plug the keyboard and mouse to the USB ports on the MK802 Android PC. You will need to use the included mini USB to USB adapter to convert the mini USB port into a full sized USB port.

    If you are using a wireless keyboard and mouse set or even the air fly mouse keyboard, attach the included wireless receiver dongle to one of the USB ports on the MK802 Android PC.

  3. There are 2 options to power the MK802 Android PC.

    The easier way is to use the included power adapter. Just attach the power adapter to the power port on the end that is opposite to the HDMI port and plug the adapter to the mains. There is no power switch on the MK802 Android PC so it will power up and boot once you connect the adapter to the mains. The only way to power down completely is to unplug the power adapter.

    The slightly harder method is to use the included USB cable and attach the smaller end of the USB cable to the smaller USB port on the side of the MK802 Android PC body. Attach the bigger end of the USB cable to one of the USB ports on the television. The MK802 Android PC will then draw power from the television set and will power up and down at the same time as the television.

    The second method will only work if the television USB port can supply enough power to the MK802 Android PC. The MK Android PC draws very little power (less than 5W) so it should work fine most of the time. If the MK802 Android PC cannot power up properly or keeps shutting off on its own, then revert to the first method. You may also face power issues if you attach too USB devices to the MK802. If this happens, just use the first method or use a powered USB hub for the additional devices.

  4. [ OPTIONAL ] To keep things tidy, stick a little velcro to the MK802 Android PC and stick it to the back of the television so that the wires are hidden away.

    That's it. You are done with the hardware installation.

For the Ultimate Smart TV Experience, Get the Wireless Air Fly Mouse

Portable USB 2.4GHz Wireless Air Fly Mouse Multi Keyboard for PC (Black)
Portable USB 2.4GHz Wireless Air Fly Mouse Multi Keyboard for PC (Black)

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.

 

For Those Who Prefer Who Prefer A Good Old Fashioned TV Remote

Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition
Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control and Infrared Receiver for Home, Premium and Ultimate Edition

This Media Center MCE PC Remote Control with IR receiver is the closest thing you can have to an old fashioned TV remote. The MK802 has support for most of the buttons on the remote.

 

Pick a Wireless Keyboard and Mouse for your Smart TV

If you wondering on the best keyboard and mouse combo for you to pair with your Android Mini PC and your TV, check out my review of the range of Rii, iPazzPort and FAVI mini wireless keyboards.

Mele Fly Sky remote control with wireless keyboard 2.4 GHz
Mele Fly Sky remote control with wireless keyboard 2.4 GHz

The Mele Fly Sky air mouse has a remote control like buttons on one side and a full QWERTY keyboard on the other. IR remote has learning capabilities. Recommended.

 
Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard N5901
Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard N5901

The Lenovo mini wireless keyboard comes with a trackball.

 
VisionTek CandyBoard Wireless 2.4GHZ RF Mini QWERTY Keyboard and center touchpad - 900508
VisionTek CandyBoard Wireless 2.4GHZ RF Mini QWERTY Keyboard and center touchpad - 900508

Great portable keyboard but with a touch pad instead of air mouse function.

 

USB devices that work with the MK802

These devices have been verified by MK802 users to work using either the original firmware or the updated V2 firmware. Some may only partially work so please read the description before buying.

Logitech Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad
Logitech Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad

The Logitech Rumblepad 2 works out of the box with the MK802 without the need for remapping any of its buttons.

 
Playstation 2 PSX TO PC USB Converter 4 Ports (Super Joy Box 5 Pro) SKU: 01056-4
Playstation 2 PSX TO PC USB Converter 4 Ports (Super Joy Box 5 Pro) SKU: 01056-4

f you have an unused PS2 controller, you can use it with the MK802 with a PSX to USB converter.

 
C525
C525

The only tested 720p HD webcam that works.

 
StarTech.com Compact Black USB 2.0 to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Network Adapter (USB2106S)
StarTech.com Compact Black USB 2.0 to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Network Adapter (USB2106S)

If your Wifi signal is weak or slow, use this USB Ethernet network adapter and plug in your network cable to the MK802

 

The Initial Set Up - After the first bootup

Once you have everything set up properly according to the instructions above, you are ready to witness the birth of your brand new Smart TV. If you are familiar with the Android OS either on a phone or tablet, you may skip this part. If you have never used an Android device before, this will guide you through the first few steps in familiarizing yourself with the Android OS.

The MK802 Android PC comes installed with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The new firmware rev2 updated the MK802 to Android 4.0.4. For information on how to update the firmware on the MK802, please visit Firmware Upgrade and Linux for MK802 Android Mini PC

  1. Power up both the TV and the MK802 Android PC. Make sure you set your TV's input to the correct HDMI input that you plugged the MK802 Android PC into.
  2. The MK802 Android PC will take about 1 to 2 minutes to boot up. During boot up, you will briefly see a green loading screen with the Android mascot, Andy. This will then be replaced with a black screen with the word ANDROID on it.

    If you do not see anything at all on the TV screen, make sure the TV input is correctly selected (see Step 1 above) and that the MK802 Android PC has powered up (the power light on the upper left of the logo printed on the MK802 Android PC should be turned on). Note that you might miss the green screen as it only turns on shortly before being replaced by the black one.

  3. After boot up, you should see the Android Home screen. If your mouse is recognized by Android, you should be able to see the arrow cursor on the screen and control it. If not, you may have to swap to another mouse. Use a wired mouse if all things fail. If the cursor is sluggish or not responding properly, wait for awhile for the MK802 to complete boot up.

    If the screen suddenly goes blank after the black boot up screen, there is a high possibility that your TV or display does not support 1080p. During the boot up sequence, the display is set at 720p but after completing boot up, the MK802 upscales the 720p to 1080p and if your display does not support 1080p, it will go blank and it might display an error message on unsupported display mode.

    The new Firmware Rev2 has an extra option under settings for additional resolution. You can now fix the resolution at any one of the options provided which includes 720p and 1080p. if you are facing the above problem, fix the resolution at 720p or lower to resolve it.

  4. If everything has gone smoothly for you, you should be able to see a clock on the upper left and a row of icons at the bottom of the Home screen. There is another row of smaller icons at the bottom left of the screen and a digital clock on the bottom right.

    If the default language on screen is not in English, do not panic! Click on the blue button near the top and click on settings. Scroll down the setting option list box until you see an icon of an "A". Click on that and a list of languages will pop up. Select the language you prefer.

  5. It is important to know the function of the first 3 icons on the bottom left. The first is the Back button. Clicking on it will move you to the previous screen you were on.

    The next icon that looks like a house is the Home button. Clicking on it sends you back to the current Home screen from any screen. This is not unlike the Home button on an iOS device.

    Clicking on the button with the overlapping rectangle will pull up a list of apps you previously accessed. Each app on the list has a thumbnail for your reference.

    The last icon that looks like a stack of 3 dots is the menu button. This brings up the menu option screen that links you to the setting page and the Home screen editing page among others.

    On the upper right of the screen is an icon with 6 dots. This is the shortcut to the apps list. All the installed apps are listed on this page in a grid format.

  6. The next important step is setting up WiFi. Click on the Settings button to bring up the Settings screen and select WiFi. You should see a list of available WiFi points that you can connect to. Make your selection and enter the WiFi access point password if prompted.

  7. The Android OS uses a Google account to setup Gmail, Contacts and Calendar. If you have an existing Google account, you can use it. If you don't have one or if you wish to use a separate Google account for this device, sign up with a new Google account instead.

    Take note that if you use your existing account, Android will sync with the account and all your mails, contacts and appointments will be synchronized. If this is not what you want, do not use your existing account. You cannot change the Goggle account without resetting the MK802 back to its original factory setting.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Even I am having the same issue. Were you able to get a fix for that?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What do you do if the system starts up then i get an android lying with a red exclamation point?

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      RandySturridge 4 years ago

      Wow...again great information. This is your second lens that I've looked through and this one is better than the last. I didn't even know you could do this. Pretty amazing. I was getting quite irritated as I got a pretty good size HDTV and have most recently become irritated that I did not just go full tilt and secure a smart TV and take the hit to the wallet. It is most refreshing that you can turn your HDTV into a smart TV following your above listed instructions and links to products. I will be sure to check a couple of the amazon links and see just how much I would have to fork out for the equipment. The wonderful thing is that you put forth a pretty good cost assessment that is within my budget and if all goes well, I'm sure I will invest. Thanks greatly for information, you're saving about 1000 dollars easy with a low priced with respect to product ability that I would be more than happy to go with. Thanks kindly. Do let me know if I have misinterpreted anything as I am quite new (meaning just now) to the concept of this being possible. I have most definitely liked this lens and shared it Twitter where I am no doubt sure it will spark the interest of my digital followers. Pinit I have as well and put a google share for you. Great information. Novel information at that. And great links to great wholesalers that offer a more than affordable way in which to tie this into what I currently have. Thanks man. Hope to hear from you soon.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you are using USB for power, try plugging directly to the mains instead. Lack of power is a common cause for stability issues. Failing that, perhaps updating the firmware might help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My MK 802 works fine for about a minute or two, it completes the boot cycle, I can start programs, but after about a minute, the screen goes blank. I need to reset the MK802 (remove the powerplug) and restart it, and then it works again, (for about two minutes). I do not know anymore what to do

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You need to put those files on a NAS or Samba share and then access them from the Android mini pc using a NAS/Samba capable file explorer like Astro.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not a problem, but I want to use the MK802 and wi-fi to access files that are on my desktop.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's strange. Did you get an error message?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have mk802 2nd generation and valid google accout, however, it cannot connect to Google Play Store.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If you are using USB for power, try switching to the power adapter. If that fails as well, you might want to return it. If you can't return it, you can try flashing the ROM to see if it helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just plugged in my mk802 for first time, it boots up gives me a funky green android screen then goes to a black screen with the word 'android' glowing and wont move from this screen?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, i can't connect to the Google play store on my android mini pc. I have s valid Google account and my wifi signal is good. Any help????

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You must have a valid Google account to connect to the Play store.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am not able to connect to play store

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Most likely your monitor/tv does not support 1080p. See item 3 in the section above. Just update the firmware to either Rev2 or Uberoid and it will stay at 720p.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I had the same problem but then installed Uberoid_MK802_v1.2-HcH.img

      It is a new firmware - and it just rocks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I get an android screen w robot on it for about 45 seconds and then my tv or monitor (either one - ive tried 2) just goes to "cannot find video signal" ideas what might be causing this?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That worked thanks sooooo much!

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I presume you meant an Android Mini PC and not a Motorola Droid. You need Netflix 1.8.1. Link to this older version can be found in the next section below (item4).

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I cannot get netflix to run with my droid mini. Any suggestions?

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Are you powering the MK802 using USB? It is possible that it is not getting enough power. Try using the included power adapter instead.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, Ive just got an MK802 with Android 4.0.4.(the unit is not the mark II).

      Every time I play a game downloaded from Google Play (swing shot &amp; turbo kids) the screen goes black intermitantly until my TV says it is the wrong resolution - ive tried 720p and it still does it.

      It doesn't go blank when using the browser or youtube?

      Do you think I have a faulty unit?

      thanks.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Lior. Try BS Player. It has support for SMB shares.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm getting some problems connecting to shared folders (over smb), any Ideas?

      Also, any suggestion for a good media player?

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The most likely reason for this is that the MK802 is not drawing enough power from the USB port on the TV if that is the way you are powering it. I had the same problem and after powering it with the power adapter instead, it worked fine.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, after the green logo screen , I get a black screen with no logo, and after it a flickering or steady green/yellow uniform screen, what can be the problem

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have seen posts on users getting Hulu+ working but no details were provided. I don't have a Hulu+ subscription so I am unable to test this out myself.

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Could be a wifi problem. I have been seeing some complaints on poor wifi reception. Check out https://hubpages.com/technology/mk802-troubleshoot...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got MK802 II . Channels and movies take long time to buffer and frees every 2 min. to buffer

      How can I fix

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Any way to get Hulu Plus working on it? I downloaded a modified Hulu apk, but it just hangs on the buffering screen. Netflix works great. Currently runnign Uberoid 1.2.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @royyap: I dont know...I hope sopcast team going to fix that with an update soon...If you know some other app like sopcast for android please tell me...

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Does sopcast run on Flash? Flash is still a little flakey on the MK802.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @royyap: On my pc sopcast run without problems...On mk802 channel buffer 100%...but video and sound are not synchronised...

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: When it comes to P2P apps, it is hard to pinpoint the problem. Can you run it smoothly on a comparable device using the same wifi connection?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love my MK802 but when i try sopcast latest version all input channels have a big lag...how to fix that?

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The version of Netflix I am using is Version 1.8.1. See if you can find this version.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just got my MK802 yesterday. Generally happy, but can't get any version of Netflix to load or run. Even tried side loading a couple of versions that were stripped of their device list, but they wouldn't run. Any suggestions on how to get Netflix to run?

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      royyap 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Set up a Gmail account with the MK802 and it will activate the contacts app.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got the MK802 II, butt there is no contacts or agenda app on it.

      I need the contacts app to make other apps work, like whatsapp.

      It seems that i can't find an android stock contacts app in the internet that will install on the MK802 II

      Are you able to help me out?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just got the brand new MK802 II, to first and foremost to use Spotify with. However, when I start Spotify, all I see is a white/blank screen. What to do?

    Additional Apps Suggestion List - More apps for your MK802 Android PC

    The MK802 Android PC comes pre-installed with a number of apps. The notable ones are YouTube, a video player, Android Web Browser, Skype and Angry Birds. There are a few Chinese apps like YouKu (a Chinese YouTube equivalent), PPS and PPTV (for streaming Chinese movies) as well but unless you are a fan of Chinese movies, these won't be of interest to you. Since the MK802 Android PC comes rooted out of the box, you can delete any of the pre-installed apps.

    Out of the box, the MK802 Android PC has some features of a Smart TV like the ability to watch videos on YouTube and browse the internet on the built in browser, but to maximize the potential of the MK802 Android PC, you need to download some additional apps either from the Google Play store or other sources.

    Listed below are some apps that you might want to consider installing on your MK802 Android PC.

    1. YouTube - Photo credit - Roy Yap

      YouTube

      The pre-installed YouTube app is outdated and does not support a large screen display properly. Download the latest update from Google Play store and enhance the YouTube app with an impressive looking scrolling video wall and support for HD playback.

      YouTube - Photo credit - Roy Yap

    2. Facebook App - Photo credit - Roy Yap

      Facebook

      The Facebook for Android app can be downloaded from Google Play store. However the Facebook app is not well optimized yet for a large display. It is functional but it is not pretty as posted photos are blown up to fill the screen with a lot of pixelation. You can get a better experience by using the web browser instead although the response is bit slower on the browser.

      You are able to read and as well as post messages and photos to Facebook. Usual Facebook activities such as Likes and Shares are also possible on the Facebook app.

      Facebook on Web Browser - Photo credit - Roy Yap

    3. Twitter - Photo credit - Roy Yap

      Twitter

      The Twitter app was hidden from my Google Play account so I had to install it from an "alternative" source instead. If you face the same problem, just Google for "Twitter app" and you should be able to find it. The Twitter app is not very well optimize for a large screen as well but it is more functional compared to the Facebook app.

    4. Netflix - Photo credit - Roy Yap

      Netflix

      If you have a Netflix account you should install the Netflix app. It is very well done and works very well on a large screen. Just like the desktop version, you have access to your most recently watched titles, your instant queue plus suggestions from Netflix.

      It seems that the latest version of Netflix from the Google Play Store no longer works with the MK802. The last working version of Netflix is 1.8.1 which you can download from here.

    5. Pandora - Photo credit - Roy Yap

      Pandora

      For music, you can try out the Pandora internet radio app. Again, the interface is poorly optimized for a large screen but for an internet radio app it is not critical. Pandora recommends similar tracks based on your favorite songs and artists. It also learns your listening preference through a Like/Dislike system.

    6. Live Wallpaper

      To spruce up your background, you can download one of the many free (or paid) live wallpaper on Google Play store. I don't use a live wallpaper on my phone as it drains my battery but this is not an issue on the MK802 Android PC. I recommend the Koi Free Live Wallpaper. Watching the Koi fish swimming in the pond can be quite mesmerizing.

    7. [ OPTIONAL ] - Firmware Update

      The manufacturer of the MK802 has recently released an updated version of the firmware. The new firmware adds additional support for USB devices such as webcams and USB Lan adapters. If you would like to update the firmware, please read through the new firmware's topic on the Rikomagic Forum and take note of the pros and cons before deciding.

      Should you decide to go ahead with the update, detailed instructions can be found at Envy This Stuff's MK802 FAQ.

    ALL NEW!!

    The New MK808 Dual Core Android 4.1 Mini PC features a powerful dual core 1.2 GHz CPU, a quad core GPU, dual WiFi antennas and 8GB storage. It also runs on the latest version of Android, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

    Check out the preview as well as the hands on review of the MK808.

    I will try my best to accommodate your request and I may be restricted by the availability of the app in my region. Certain apps are also blocked from being installed on the MK802 Android PC but I will try to look for alternative sites to download them from.

    Let me know if you want me to test out an app for you on the MK802 Android PC.

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        royyap 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Sopcast does not work well with Android 4.1 JB but it is reported to work fine with Android 4.0 ICS.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Hello, I recently purchased .... and applications require sopcast tv player.The problem is that when I see one channel, sound and picture are not synchronized .. very annoying.

        How can I solve this problem? (I use sopcast 9 last edition)

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        RandySturridge 4 years ago

        Again one more comment...now that I see your recommendations with accompanying screenshots that lay out just what these products are capable of. Thanks a bundle. Very detailed and straightforward. You have made the complicated seem quite easy to do. If poss do try by my lens "the poetry corner" and if you wouldn't mind I could greatly use some critique on how I can better formulate my content. I am only level 17 and am limited with respect to some useful tools but I have a feeling you would be able to offer some great insight. Only if you have the time...if not no worries. I appreciate this enough as it is. Take it easy man.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Hi Roy. First of all, I want to congratulate you on such detailed information in many topics having to do with the device, and second of all, thank you very much! I'm sure a huge chunk of the community has benefited from your tips and step-by-step guides. It was only 5 days ago when I discovered the Mini PC world and jumped the gun on a $39 deal on an MK02 1GB device, without realizing that there were newer, more powerful devices out there already. Anyhow, I enjoy watching live streaming from my home country, and other sporting events which are normally broadcast live, via websites such has UStream, Veemi, UCaster and such. These websites utilize Flash, and although the device is compatible with it, the quality is rather choppy, even when receiving wifi speed of 56mpbs or above. I will actually upgrade the firmware tonight, in hopes of better performance. Are you aware of any other ways to make flash more effective, or perhaps it's a processor issue? If so, have you been able to test these type of live broadcasts with news devices, such as the MK808 or iMITO MX1. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

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        royyap 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Glad that my guide solved your Netflix problem.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Roy, congratulations for the guide! I was searching for a solution to use netflix with MK802II and your link helped me a lot. Finally my son can watch Barney's movies on TV without use my laptop! :)

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Emit. Very simple to use, transcodes it before sending so you don't eat all the cpu on the thing. Requires server side software install. I use it on mine.

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        royyap 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Try a different player and see if you still face the same problem. Or try a movie file with lower bitrate. That should tell you if it's the wifi or not.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        I have MK802 II, my problem is streaming - after 4-5 min. it stop streaming. the sound is also delayed. my wifi connection has 2 bars. could it be it?

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Very nice of you bu the television they have got here they will not let me do anything with it.

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        sherioz 4 years ago

        Excellent description that even I can almost understand. Now I have to look and see if my TV has a whatchamacallit (!?) connection.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        @royyap: Thank you.

        I'll try.

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        royyap 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Try using BS Player. It has LAN support so as long as it is stored on your PC and shared over your network (SMB shares, PC shared folders, NAS servers) you should be able to play it.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Hi, very good guide!

        What video streaming (server/client) application do you suggest to watch movie?

        I need a simple solution like this:

        Server on PC (Win)

        Client app on MK802

        Streaming via wifi

        No PLEX and no XMBC, please.

        I need a more simple solution.

        Thanks a lot.

        Alfnetx

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        royyap 4 years ago

        @anonymous: I have no problems watching YouTube videos in HD. Are you using the YouTube app?

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Hi, Great Guide! thanks.

        I have one question,

        When I'm watching videos on youtue, they appear in very low quality.

        Even when HQ option is on.

        This happens in both youtube app site.

        I would like to see the HD version of the videos...

        Is it possible to make the MK802 identify as a desktop and use the full-version of youtube?

        This also happens in other apps and streaming sites.

        Thanks!

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        royyap 5 years ago

        @anonymous: Thanks for the suggestion. I think I may have some spare time this weekend to try the rom out.

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        Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

        Hi I just want to get the hang of it.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @royyap: you can just test with this rom very stable, for me the best for now.

        https://www.miniand.com/forums/forums/development/...

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        royyap 5 years ago

        Hi genny! Thanks for the suggestion. I did think about DroidMote when I was deciding between Uberoid and Firmware Rev2. In the end I settled for Rev2 because it seemed more stable compared to Uberoid which is currently still in beta. I will definitely give Uberoid and DroidMote a try once a more stable version has been released.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        you forgot the most important thing:

        you can control it with your android phone with the app DroidMote, because only with DroidMote you can play with all apps and games that support only touch actions. in essence your old tv is not touch screen but with DroidMote you can use also only touch apps.

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          royyap 4 years ago

          @anonymous: You can send media from your Samsung to the MK802 via DLNA I think but I haven't tried this. I am not aware of any method to do what you are asking via WiFi.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @royyap: But is not possible via WIFI?

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          royyap 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I think you can buy a MHL-HDMI cable to connect your SGS3 to your TV.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @royyap: Sorry for my English but I want to use my TV as a monitor for my Samsung S3, cioè, that is, seeing on TV what I see on my S3

          Thanks!

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          royyap 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Do you mean tethering to the SGS3's internet connection via WiFi? Under Settings, click on More... in Wireles and network and then select Tethering and portable hotspot.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          How to use Wifi with my Samsung Galaxy SIII? J need some APP?

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          royyap 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I can watch in HD. Even in 1080p. Could it be your connection speed?

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          BradfordBrain 4 years ago

          Great Lens even for the tech-impaired! (ME)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hi, Great Guide! thanks.

          I have one question,

          When I'm watching videos on youtue, they appear in very low quality.

          Even when HQ option is on.

          This happens in both youtube app site.

          I would like to see the HD version of the videos...

          Is it possible to make the MK802 identify as a desktop and use the full-version of youtube?

          This also happens in other apps and streaming sites.

          Thanks!

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          Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

          Hi I like the idea of this, neat gadget

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          iyandri lm 5 years ago

          wow, its great gadget .

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I think I'll give this a try.

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          DMVAgent 5 years ago

          smart tv is very nice idea, its cool!

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          ronickcompany 5 years ago

          Nice walkthrough, a good alternative to a htpc.