October 21, 2014

KDDI's Android-Based "au BOX" to Debut This Fall [UPDATE]

au_box_kddi_motoAndroid-based set top boxes will be on display later this fall at Japan’s largest electronics show, CEATEC JAPAN.  According to Masataka Miura, chairman of Open Embedded Software Foundation (OESF), these boxes will developed by Motorola for KDDI, a Japanese telco.  This matches up to what we’ve previously reported on AndroidGuys

Android will be used in a set top called “au Box,” according to Miura.  The product is KDDI’s multipurpose set top, made to drive fixed mobile broadcast convergence, he explained. Some of the basic capabilities in au Box are CD playing, ripping, and storing for transferring to a mobile handset or to a portable media player using USB. Music files can then be played by the set-top box through integrated stereo speakers.

Video encoding capabilities allow for users to upload video to the step as well, which can also be transferred to a mobile handset. Got good ol’ fashioned DVD’s?  It can also play those through external monitors.

CEATEC is slated to run from October 6-10th.  Miura also says Japan’s JVC is also considering development of an Android TV.

According to a representative at Edelman, this is no longer the case.  Please head here for more information.