While I’m beginning to have little faith that Google will ever turn around the sinking ship that is Google TV, there’s no denying the platform has potential. Despite my feelings on the budding platform, it appears some OEM’s aren’t quite ready to quit the “Android for your TV” spinoff, with ASUS finding itself as the newest OEM to take a chance on Google TV but — not in the way you might be thinking.
The ASUS Qube is the device passing by the FCC today and it appears that, instead of going for the traditional set top box route like Vizio or Sony have done, ASUS could introduce and Android dongle for televisions. The “Android on a stick” will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Marvell Armada CPU and connect to a television via USB (similar to the Roku USB stick), transforming a dumbTV, into a smartTV.
There’s even a few apps that have popped up in the Play Store from ASUS that directly reference the Qube, so it’s safe to say something will launch soon. Let’s hope they’re working on getting some kind of Android version of Airplay in there. What do you guys think — if priced right, would you buy an ASUS Google TV USB stick?