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Do you have an HDMI-enabled dumb TV sitting around that needs a dedicated set-top box or game console to be used? Are you planning to buy a new smart TV? Stop. Here is a tutorial that will turn your current TV into a great Android Linux powered smart TV. At most, you have to spend $30 on it.
What you need
$29 Pine64 (2GB model)
32GB or 64GB micro SD card
Ethernet cable (Bluetooth/Wifi module if you want to play games, or need wireless connectivity)
A keyboard+mouse (I recommend getting a bluetooth keyboard with built in trackpad). There are many small keyboards available on Amazon.com that you can try.
A 5v power adapter with micro USB (a cellphone charger will work)
HDMI enabled TV
Now download Android from the Pine64 official page. Make sure to download the version for the size of micro SD card that you’re using. Next, unzip the compressed file to extract .img image and use the dd command to write the image to the SD card:
sudo dd if=/path_to_.img of=/path_to_sd_card bs=1M
Once the card is ready, plug in the card, connect the HDMI cable to your TV, connect the Ethernet cable, and plug in the keyboard/base. Then, connect the power supply. If everything went well, you will see Pine64 boot screen on your TV, and then the familiar Android 5.x.
Original article is here.