Many full-size TVs now have Google TV, but not many streaming sticks or boxes. This week, unknown Android TV partner Mecool unveiled the KD3, its first Google TV streaming stick, but it shares the same unlucky flaw as Google’s product.
The Mecool KD3 is a gadget with a built-in HDMI output that uses the genuine streaming stick physical size. The 4K streamer is a really simple design, much like Google’s own Chromecast.
Update 4/20: Mecool has begun selling the KD3 streaming stick globally, including to potential customers in the United States, a few months after it was first introduced. The dongle costs $63 from Mecools online store in the US, or $79 if you want to order through Amazon .
Keep an eye out for our complete review coming soon as we have a Mecool KD3 on hand!
It has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage built into it. That’s more than enough to run Google TV efficiently, but it also means that Mecools’ gadget will encounter the same annoying app install restrictions that have plagued Chromecast with Google TV. Although the base Chromecast is still running Android 10, there are several advantages, such as the usage of the AV1 decoding-capable Amlogic S905Y4 chip and the use of Android TV OS 11. Additionally, the KD3 makes use of the same Google remote reference design that we adored so much on Walmart’s streamers.
This device, like many others from Mecools, is approved for both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The fact that only HDR10 and HLG formats are supported, and Dolby Vision HDR is not, is another drawback.
In a world where Chromecast with Google TV and Walmart’s Onn range exist, it appears to be difficult to suggest given its storage and microUSB options, but we’ll have to wait for the final price to pass any meaningful judgment. It’s fantastic to see Google TV available on more devices, at the very least.
You’ll be able to order it here when the Mecool KD3 goes on sale later this month.
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