Just to share our little experience.
Our main need is to broadcast webpage content and Xibo is very suitable to do so.
When came the hardware issue, we made some tests on the Minix Neo X5 Mini, device recommended by Spring Signage for the Android Client.
We couldn’t succeed to display properly our content because of the web browser embedded on the Xibo Android Client. When we tried to display our content on the native Android Webrowser directly, same compatibility problem.
We found by chance in a subject of a forum that native Android web browser is based on Chromium only from Android Kitkat 4.4. The Minix Neo X5 Mini is Android 4.2 and I couldn’t succeed to flash it.
So we send back the Minix device and were looking for a good device running Android 4.4. with equivalent features compared with the Minix devices.
We found on Amazon the Rikomagic MK902II which has just been released, for an amount of 119,00€.
With the Spring Signage licence at 15£ (approximately 25,00€), we could offer the solution to our clients for a cost < 150,00€, just like we wanted. The device offers both HDMI and RCA video connection, which can be usefull.
So far, no problems, it runs perfectly. Setting up the Android Client was very easy (couldn’t run it from the .apk file downloaded directly on the device, had to use an USB drive but it took me around 5 minutes to make the whole setting process.)
We don’t have the web browser compatibility problem anymore, so I strongly recommend to have an Android 4.4 based native firmware on the device.
Hope this could help future buyers