The ability to playback your digital media collection in the living room has seen a tremendous amount of evolution over the last few years. HTPC's started it all - by putting a full computer in your component rack you could bring your media, web browsing, gaming and much more to your living room. Then, we started to see set top media boxes crop up which gave you the ability to playback digital media on your TV but in a much smaller package; usually the size of a small cable box. The downside to these media boxes is that they didn't bring the additional features of a PC like web browsing or extra applications. Although many TV manufacturers are starting to built some of this functionality into their TVs, none offer a very complete package yet.
With the continued evolution of the Android operating system, manufacturers are left with the ability to take a proven and versatile OS and put it on their own hardware. Furthermore, Android brings with it an incredible ecosystem of applications, accessories and interoperability with other device types. We're used to seeing Android on our phones and tablets, but now it's coming to our living room. Pivos is one of the latest manufacturers to release an Android powered media box and I have one here today to check out.