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Old 23-12-2019, 10:38 AM   #2611
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Dear Bros and Sis,

Are there any Chinese alternatives (paid) that can compete with Spotify, which I can download on my phone or use on my TV Box?

A few of the Chinese alternatives I was researching, would say they may not have SG copyright for instance......

I had previously ignored Chinese apps, as I dont have wechat or alipay. Now that Alipay has opened up, things are different and I thought it's worth a 2nd look at cheaper Chinese alternatives to Spotify..... Thanks.
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Old 23-12-2019, 10:43 AM   #2612
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there are a couple of music apps. but most of them have "geolocked" tracks due to yea copyright issues.

examples are qq music, xiami, kugou etc.
for qq, there is option to purchase vip subscription to bypass some track locks.
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Old 23-12-2019, 11:03 AM   #2613
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there are a couple of music apps. but most of them have "geolocked" tracks due to yea copyright issues.

examples are qq music, xiami, kugou etc.
for qq, there is option to purchase vip subscription to bypass some track locks.
Thanks Bro..... Yah, "geo-locked" is the main issue for me, compared to say Spotify which has a far more comprehensive list, at least for SG market. Eg some Chinese apps dont have Jay Chou songs for SG market.

Of course, Spotify is also more ex compared to the Chinese apps.....
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Old 23-12-2019, 12:45 PM   #2614
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there are a couple of music apps. but most of them have "geolocked" tracks due to yea copyright issues.

examples are qq music, xiami, kugou etc.
for qq, there is option to purchase vip subscription to bypass some track locks.
music's bit rate is not high.

it is easy to get free china vpn to unblock.
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Old 24-12-2019, 09:02 PM   #2615
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What's an affordable box with a fast chip and SD card slot, if want to play some games? I am comparing the generic Android boxes and Minix, but Minix seems to be the same models from few years ago, dunno if worth buying.
I got GT King (~$140)+generic Xbox game controller (~$30+, supposed for my current Xbox but works well with TV box as well) can run Asphat 8 pretty smooth. Got sdcard slot but you don't need that as plenty storage available.
Running Kodi is also very fast. For some reason, Kodi on the box seems to be snappier than my PC. Nothing to complain about the box; Yet.
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Old 24-12-2019, 10:26 PM   #2616
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I got GT King (~$140)+generic Xbox game controller (~$30+, supposed for my current Xbox but works well with TV box as well) can run Asphat 8 pretty smooth. Got sdcard slot but you don't need that as plenty storage available.
Running Kodi is also very fast. For some reason, Kodi on the box seems to be snappier than my PC. Nothing to complain about the box; Yet.
If you do not need Netflix HD, not need Chromecast and apps like TVB Anywhere+, SingTel TV Go, SingTel Cast, etc, and good Kodi and Android gaming experiences, then yes this Beelink GT King is a very good box.

If you have similar needs as above but not that into gaming (still need Kodi and good UI experiences, no need Netflix HD, no need Chromecast), then you can save a lot by going to cheaper S905X2/S905X3 based boxes, like Tanix TX3 S905X3 box.

Official Tanix TX3 from Gearbest
4GB+64GB at S$62.33

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Old 25-12-2019, 02:07 PM   #2617
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Just brought a samsung qled tv and learnt that samsung remote can be program to control android tv boxes as well, however evpad is not under the listed brand when trying to setup the ONEREMOTE function. Anyone have luck how to use samsung remote to control evpad?
Anyone can help
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Old 26-12-2019, 08:02 AM   #2618
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Just brought a samsung qled tv and learnt that samsung remote can be program to control android tv boxes as well, however evpad is not under the listed brand when trying to setup the ONEREMOTE function. Anyone have luck how to use samsung remote to control evpad?
Try ask in the Ubox thread. Evpad users are there. Hopefully they can help you.
https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/h...070046-11.html
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Old 26-12-2019, 12:35 PM   #2619
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It all depends on the app.

For example you can subscribe SingTel Cast Chinese Plus Pack.
https://www.singtel.com/personal/pro...t/chinese-plus

And Viu for Korean shows.
https://www.singtel.com/personal/pro...st/viu-premium

Mi Box S supports SingTel Cast. And you can cast to TV with Viu Premium and Mi Box S' built-in Chromecast function.
Are there any apps that I can still use for those shows if I don’t subscribe to these?
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Old 26-12-2019, 01:01 PM   #2620
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Are there any apps that I can still use for those shows if I don’t subscribe to these?
Then you have to use Google. This forum is not the right place to ask.
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Old 26-12-2019, 04:47 PM   #2621
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Latest Android TV boxes.
1) Nvidia Shield TV is still king of Android TV boxes.
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 is good for streaming.
Nvidia Shield TV Pro 2019 is good for gaming.

2) Latest Amlogic S922X (or similar) based boxes
Amazon FireTV Cube Gen 2 2019 is a very good device on the higher end (FireTV Stick 4K is good value in the low end side).

Then there are boxes like Beelink GT-King and GT-King Pro, Ugoos AM6 and AM6 Pro. They are pretty good boxes but may not really worth buying unless you want to play more demanding Android games.

3) New Amlogic S905X3 based box like Beelink GT1 Mini 2, ugoos design X3 Cube and Tanix TX3 are out and will be even more popular and lower cost in 2020. This will make it not worth buying generic boxes based on other CPUs.

4) Unfortunately other than the new Nvidia Shield TV 2019, there are no really much new boxes running official Android TV boxes and certified by Netflix. So Mi Box S remains the best value under sub-S$100.

5) Amazon FireTV Stick 4k is still of good value. Amazon FireTV Cube 2nd Gen is also worth looking at.
Hi Xiaofan, does the Mi Box S comes rooted by default?
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Old 26-12-2019, 06:22 PM   #2622
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Hi Xiaofan, does the Mi Box S comes rooted by default?
No.

No need to root at all. Once you root you lose the DRM.

Actually, even for my generic boxes, I have managed to unroot the boxes with the exception of one box which I was not able to achieve the unroot.
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Old 28-12-2019, 11:07 PM   #2623
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No.

No need to root at all. Once you root you lose the DRM.

Actually, even for my generic boxes, I have managed to unroot the boxes with the exception of one box which I was not able to achieve the unroot.
I see.

The Mi Box S is powered by an Amlogic S905 which is the same as X96 mini so can I say the performance will be the same?

If that's the case, is the next higher tier CPU the S905X2 or S912? I was thinking of getting a more powerful box after my TX5 Max died . What are some of the boxes you recommend?

Thank you.
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Old 28-12-2019, 11:46 PM   #2624
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I see.

The Mi Box S is powered by an Amlogic S905 which is the same as X96 mini so can I say the performance will be the same?

If that's the case, is the next higher tier CPU the S905X2 or S912? I was thinking of getting a more powerful box after my TX5 Max died . What are some of the boxes you recommend?

Thank you.
Mi Box S has S905X CPU so it has higher performance than the S905W based X96 Mini.

S905X2 and S905X3 are the newer generation CPU from Amlogic and both are better than S912. I will recommend you to get Tanix original version of TX3 S905X3 based box, from Gearbest. Make sure you buy from Gearbest and not from local online shops like Lazada or Shopee which only sell OEM version.

Price is from Gearbest app. Do not buy the 2GB/16GB model as it has only 2.4GHz WiFi and has no Bluetooth.
4GB/32GB at S$59.62
4FB/64GB at S$62.33

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Old 29-12-2019, 07:54 AM   #2625
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is it latest model
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