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Are devices only supporting Android really a HTPC

Should devices like Amazon Fire TV and OUYA which only supporting Android really be listed here as a "HTPC"? Suggest to change title or remove those devices, as I argue that only devices that can be reinstalled with either Linux, OSX, or Windows should be classified as a "HTPC", as I think that pure Android devices are not HTPC by definition, not even those based on Android 5.x OS version. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gamester17 (talkcontribs)

I disagree. They are HTPCs even if they don't run a typical desktop OS. Android allows people to install and run all sorts of applications, including allowing people to install software that they themselves code and complie. They are computers by definition. If someone runs home theater software on them like Kodi then I don't see a better description than HTPC. Android itself uses the Linux kernel. BSD is not on your list, but that would also count as an HTPC.
Regardless of the exact definition of "HTPC", the usage on the wiki is pretty clear. This is a list of devices that can run Kodi. -- Ned Scott (talk) 15:05, 28 April 2015 (EDT)
OK, maybe I'm just hung-up on the word and definition of traditional "HTPC". Perhaps it is only me thinking to separate "HTPC" devices on two simple flexibility basis that you can upgrade the hardware and change the OS at will, other devices I think should be classified as an appliance. My thinking is that even a great media appliance like an is still an appliance. I would not ever call a smartphone or tablet an "HTPC" even though they can be connected to my television, and neither would I call Apple TV 2 or the Ouya an "HTPC". It's your show but a compromise could be to add a second section titled "Media Appliances" or similar in order to separate traditional "HTPC" from the Android-only devices and other devices that can neither be upgraded or reinstalled with a other OS? That way you keep both on this page but have them separated. Some devices will still fit both of course if they can run example both Linux and Android. Gamester17 (talk) 03:35, 29 April 2015 (EDT)
That works for me :) -- Ned Scott (talk) 18:05, 29 April 2015 (EDT)