It turns out that Walmart’s Android TV Onn UHD Streaming Device is just a rebranded Dynalink Android TV Box, which is itself actually just Google’s ADT-3 developer reference design that is manufactured by Askey. I didn’t know it when I was reviewing Walmart’s box, but several helpful commenters lead to that realization. Running AIDA64, which lists hardware details, on the Onn streamer does show that it is manufactured by Askey. It also lists the model number as “sti6140d360” which differs from the Dynalink box’s model number by just one digit.
The fact that this device is just a generic box being sold under many different names explains how Walmart was able to get the price so low. At Walmart’s massive scale, they certainly were able to negotiate the price down far more than other companies that have rebranded this hardware. Add to that the availability of a remote that is also generic, which means it’s likely cheap to produce, and you’ve got a combination that can be sold for $30.
Don’t expect this device to receive timely updates just because it is Google’s reference design. Google released Android 11 to their ADT-3 developer device 8 months ago in September 2020, but all these rebranded versions are still running Android 10. In fact, I expect that these rebranded devices will receive even fewer updates than an Android TV made in-house by a smaller company.
The remote included with Walmart’s Onn streamer is one of the few reasons to buy the device, since the streamer itself is plagued with software issues. While I couldn’t get it to control my TV, if it works for you it’s a pretty decent remote. TW Electronics is the manufacturer of this remote, but they are not selling it to consumers. Since this remote will be used by numerous Android TV boxes, I think it’s only a matter of time before it will be available for purchase on its own, if you’re interested in picking one up.