Onn Google TV Android Box Review (Quality $20 IPTV Device)

onn google tv android box review

This Onn Google TV Android Box Review covers everything you need to know before buying.

This brand new IPTV Box is already becoming extremely popular among cord-cutters throughout the US due to its $20 price point, Android TV operating system, ease of side-loading, and much more.

This Onn Google TV Android Box Review covers everything you need to know before buying.

Several cord-cutters are now wondering if this streaming device will dethrone the Amazon Firestick regarding basic streaming needs.

Onn Google TV Android Box Review – Setup Guide Video

The Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box was officially released to the public on April 21, 2023, and is exclusively sold through Walmart stores in the US including online.

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The Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box was officially released to the public on April 21, 2023 and is exclusively sold through Walmart stores in the US including online.

Back in 2021, Onn released their first TV Box that carried a similar price tag and also ran on the Android TV operating system. They also launched an Android TV stick that was not very good and received negative reviews.

However, many have been anticipating the release of this new $19.88 Onn Google TV Android box to use with their IPTV services, streaming apps, and more.

For the purpose of this review, our team at IPTV Wire purchased a brand new Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box directly from Walmart’s website.

For the purpose of this review, our reviews team at IPTV Wire purchased a brand new Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box

Below you will find a complete Onn Google TV 4K Android Box review where we cover highlights, specs, price, storage, download speeds, how to set up the device, sideloading, and our final thoughts.

Onn Google TV Android Box Review – Quick Glance

Highlights

Below are several device highlights found on Walmart’s website:

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  • 4K UHD resolution TV streaming
  • Google TV OS – easily setup with your Google account
  • Dolby Audio
  • Fast WiFi
  • Compatible with Google Assistant
  • CPU: Quad-core Cortex-A35
  • GPU: Mali-G31 MP2
  • 2 GB RAM with 8 GB Storage
  • WiFi: 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO
  • Input: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz, 250mA max; Output: DC 5V/1A
  • What’s in the Box? 1 4K Streaming Box, 1 Remote control (requires 2 AAA batteries, included), 1 HDMI cable 3.28 ft (1m), 1 Quick Start Guide

At first glance, the 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage is somewhat concerning but we will see how the device performs before jumping to conclusions.

Onn Google TV Android Box Review - Quick Glance

Device Specs

The Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box consists of the following specs:

  • Operating System: Android 12 (Android TV with Google TV)
  • Processor: Amlogic S905Y4 Quad-core Cortex-A35
  • GPU: Mali-G31 MP22
  • Internal Storage (ROM): 8 GB
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • WiFi: 2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO
  • Video Formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Audio Formats: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos with Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
    • Some formats may only be supported with Audio Passthrough.

Device Specs

What’s in the Box


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When opening the box for the first time, you will be presented with the following items:

  • Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box
  • Bluetooth Remote
  • Power Adapter
  • HDMI cord
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • Quick Start Guide

onn google tv android box review - what's in the box

Price and Purchasing Options

As mentioned previously, the Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box costs under $20 ($19.88) but can only be purchased through Walmart as of this writing.

Price and Purchasing Options

It’s nearly impossible to find a streaming device for under $20 today that works as great as the Onn Google TV box. The price of this device is its best feature.

Due to the popularity of this device right now, it’s important to mention that when our team tried purchasing the Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box we found many Walmart stores in our area to be out of stock.

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Onn Google TV Android Box Review – Full Details

Below, you will find more details on the Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box. This covers the Google TV interface, remote, Google Assistant, storage, settings, and more.

Google TV Interface

The Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box presents the Google TV user interface.  This is different than the prior model that was based solely on Android TV.

You can think of Google TV as the user interface that sits on top of the Android TV operating system.

Onn Google TV Android Box Review - Google TV Interface

Pre-Installed Apps

I noticed right away that the remaining storage was very limited with only 3 GB available. This meant the device had already come with pre-installed apps.

Pre-Installed Apps

After taking a look at what applications were installed we found the following:

  • Apple TV
  • Disney+
  • ESPN
  • HBO Max
  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Paramount+
  • Prime Video
  • YouTube
  • YouTube Music

Sideloading

Sideloading is the most popular question on device reviews like this one. Can you sideload third-party apps (APKs) on the Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box?

Yes, side-loading does work. This means you can install all of the popular 3rd-party streaming apps such as Kodi, IPTV Smarters, app stores, custom launchers, and so much more.

Refer to my video below for “jailbreaking” the Onn Android TV Box.

Netflix Certified

The Onn Google TV Android Box is Netflix certified. Not all Android TV boxes have Netflix certifications so this is an added bonus. There is also a Netflix app shortcut on the remote control.

Netflix Certified

Bluetooth Remote Control

The Bluetooth Remote that comes with the Onn Google TV Android Box is the typical Google TV remote found with many other streaming devices.

The remote is very responsive and includes app shortcut buttons for YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and Paramount+.

Bluetooth Remote Control

Another nice feature we haven’t seen on other boxes is the ability to pair the remote control by pushing a button on the back of the Onn Android TV box.

This is extremely handy if for some reason your remote becomes unpaired and you have no way of getting back into the user interface.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant comes enabled on the new Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box and it works great.

Google Assistant

The nice thing about Google Assistant is that it should work on all of your applications, even the ones that you sideload.  This is a downfall of the Amazon Firestick as you can’t use their voice assistant on 3rd party applications.

Internal Storage

The Onn Google TV Android Box comes with only 8 GB of internal storage. Once the system apps and operating system are accounted for, there’s only approximately 4 GB left.

The Onn Google TV Android Box does support expanding internal storage with an OTG Cable and USB Drive.

Onn Google TV Android Box Review - Internal Storage

Important Note: When expanding internal storage on this device, you must keep USB Debugging off.  If you require USB Debugging, you can turn it on, make whatever changes or mods need to be made and then turn it back off.

Onn Google TV Android Box Download Speeds

Download speeds is another crucial feature to test when it comes to reviewing any streaming device.

Onn Google TV Android Box Download Speeds

I used Speedtest.net for the following tests. I have a one GB download speed plan through my Internet Service Provider.

During the WiFi tests, I’m connected to the 5GHz band on my Asus Router. This router resides in the same room as my Onn Google TV Android Box.

I also wanted to test download speeds when connected to Surfshark VPN.

VPN Off: 366 Mbps download & 23 Mbps upload

VPN On: 339 Mbps download & 27 Mbps upload

Running a VPN always slows down both download/upload speeds due to encryption and tunneling traffic through an outside server.

In general, I was very impressed with the download speeds of the Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box!

Third-Party Launchers

Many cord-cutters are becoming annoyed with the push to buy streaming services through the Google TV launcher. Tons of ads and a slower user interface.

Third-Party Launchers

Third-party launchers allow you to replace the Google TV interface with something less intrusive and more customizable.

After testing the Onn Google TV Android TV Box with a custom launcher, I’m happy to report that third-party launchers work on this device.

How to Setup Onn Google TV Android Box

Setting up the Onn Google TV Android Box was a simple process that we outline below.

If you just purchased this device we suggest following our screenshot tutorial.

1. Unbox your Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box and plug it into your television.

How to Setup Onn Google TV Android Box

2. Once the device fires up, the first thing you will do is select your preferred language.

Once the device fires up, the first thing you will do is select your preferred language.

3. Then select your region.

Then select your region.

4. You can choose to set up with the Google Home app or through your TV instead. We suggest setting it up through your TV.

You can choose to set up with the Google Home app or through your TV instead.

5. Click the down button on your remote and click Set up on TV instead.

Click the down button on your remote and click Set up on TV instead.

6. Choose your Wifi network.

Choose your Wifi network.

7. Enter your password and click the checkmark to continue.

Enter your password and click the checkmark to continue.

8. Wait a few seconds for your device to connect to your Wifi.

Wait a few seconds for your device to connect to your Wifi.

9. You will likely encounter a System update. Wait a few minutes for your new Onn Google TV Android box to update.

You will likely encounter a System update. Wait a few minutes for your new Onn Google TV Android box to update.

10. Once the System update is complete you will be presented with a Google TV loading screen.

Once the System update is complete you will be presented with a Google TV loading screen.

11. Next you will want to log in with a Google account. Enter your Email and password and click Next.

Next you will want to log in with a Google account. Enter your Email and password and click Next.

12. We suggest turning off the settings for Use location and Help improve Google TV. Then click Accept.

We suggest turning off the settings for Use location and Help improve Google TV. Then click Accept.

13. Click No thanks.

Click No thanks.

14. Click Continue.

Click Continue.

15. Click No thanks or whatever setting you prefer.

Click no thanks or whatever setting you prefer.

16. Click Confirm.

Click Confirm.

17. Next choose Set up remote.

Next choose Set up remote on your onn google tv android box

18. You will go through a few remote settings and once that is complete click Next.

You will go through a few remote settings and once that is complete click Next.

19. Next wait a few minutes for apps to install.

Next wait a few minutes for apps to install.

20. After your apps have been installed click Start exploring.

After your apps have been installed click Start exploring.

21. That’s it! You have successfully set up your new Onn Google TV Android Box.

You have successfully setup your new Onn Google TV Android Box.

Onn Google TV Android Box Review – Final Thoughts

Overall, the Onn Google TV Android TV Box is one of my favorite streaming devices that’s available today!

Its low price point, user interface, ease of sideloading, and everything else described in this review make this device a serious contender to the Amazon Firestick.

Pros

  • Affordable price point (under $20)
  • Very responsive
  • Android TV 12
  • Can use sideloaded apps
  • Can use 3rd party launchers
  • Great download/upload speeds with VPN on and off
  • Can expand internal storage with OTG Cable and USB Drive
  • Updates available for both box and remote control
  • Netflix Certified
  • Good Remote Control
  • Google Assistant
  • Chromecast support
  • 4K supporting HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos, DTS
  • Dolby Audio
  • AV1 Decoding

Cons

  • Out of stock at several Walmarts (due to popularity)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB Storage
  • Expanding internal storage is hit and miss

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Onn Google TV Android Box Better than the Firestick?

While this depends on preference, in our opinion we prefer this new Onn Google TV Android Box over the Amazon Firestick because of its lower price point, ease of use, and Android TV operating system.

How Much is the New Onn Google TV Android Box?

The new Onn Google TV 4K Streaming box currently costs $19.88 plus tax as of this writing. If you purchase online from Walmart there will be an added shipping fee.

Where Can You Buy the New Onn Google TV Android Box?

As of this writing, the new Onn Google TV 4K Streaming Box is only available at Walmart stores and online.

Who Makes the Onn Android TV Box?

All Onn streaming devices are made and sold by Walmart.

Is Onn the Same as Chromecast with Google TV?

No, these are two different streaming devices. However, they both run the same Google TV interface.

4 thoughts on “Onn Google TV Android Box Review (Quality $20 IPTV Device)”

  1. James C Jackson Jr

    About the 20. dollar ONN device. I purchased 3 of them over 90 days, within 60 days they all began to fail on voice output. I could set the voice to 100 percent and could hear about 60 percent of the conversions on any program I chose. There is something wrong with the design, I could not return them to Walmart because the 30 day warranty was expired. So I now have three units (ONNs) sitting on the shelf not usable. Anybody want some real cheap ONNs give me a email, and make an offer. Also the USB addition works perfectly, no other problems had surfaced before I gave up on using them.

    1. That’s bad news (actually a killer), but very helpful. Thanks. If you don’t mind, is the remote really a blutooth remote? I’ve never heard of a TV box with that.
      My old boxes all have IR (InfraRed), and are very frustrating. Firestick’s is RF (Radio Frequency), which is great.

  2. Curtis McPherson

    I haven’t got no problems so far but I kinda like this Onn Android box than the Firestick also the price cannot be beaten

  3. You say, “The Bluetooth Remote that comes with the Onn Google TV Android Box is the typical Google TV remote found with many other streaming devices.”
    what makes you think it’s a “Bluetooth Remote” rather than the typical IR remote?
    None of the specs say that. Thanks.

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