The Austrian firm Estro multimedia has launched the WebTube HD Box on the German speaking markets in Europe. The new device will bring web content to regular TV sets via an HDMI cable in supposedly HD quality.
Interestingly, the box runs on the Android software platform, but does not claim to be suitable for Google TV. Using special apps, there is easy access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google maps and others.
The WebTube box connects to the internet using an ethernet connection, but with the addition of a USB WiFi stick wireless access is also possible. A simple remote control comes with the box. On-screen navigation uses a virtual keyboard on the TV screen; instead, it is also possible to connect a wireless USB qwerty keyboard.
The box measures just 94 x 74 x 22 mm. Recommended retail price is EUR 249. The box is competing with other devices such as the Apple TV and connected TV sets from Philips, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and others.