LE vs Android - 905 vs 912

  • I'm considering picking up a 905/912 box (possibly Minix) to primarily run Kodi. I've read on the Kodi forum that LE is preferred over Android, though I'm not clear on exactly why that is ? Could someone please elaborate on that ?

    Also I'm wondering which box ( 905 or 912 ) would be best for a LE install and of the four choices which would best suit my needs ?

    I'll primarily be watching videos and tv series (1080/720) off of an 8TB external drive.

    My main concerns would be that I could...

    1. Fully control Kodi with a remote.

    2. Completely shut down the box from the remote, primarily because I'll be attaching an 8TB HD with videos via USB and need it to spin down/shut down.

    The Minix boxes come with a remote and can power up and shut down, though that is with Android, will they do the same running LE ? And how would that work ? From within Kodi ?

    3. Speaking of the HD, will LE allow me to use a large USB HD such as an 8TB ? Is there a limit to size ? I haven't gotten a definitive answer as to whether Android will allow this though from what I've read it's either a no or a maybe. I wrote to Minix asking about their U1/9 and their answer was 'up to 2.5 TB' though some on their forum said they had gotten a 4TB to work. Will I have better luck with LE ?

    4. When I'm not using Kodi I'd like the option to revert back to Android if at all possible. Is there a dual boot option available ? How do you switch between the two ?

    5. Lastly please leave a link for installing LE. And is there a difference between the 905 and 912 install ?

    Thank you...

  • Did you use the search function on the forum?

    1. Yes: However, depending on the remote a lot of work may be needed. AML remotes, Wiki

    2. Not too sure. My guess is that you can't on the cheaper boxes. Although the HDD will be unmounted. It's up to the H/W if it kills power to the USB.

    3. 8TB

    4. Some boxes do, others don't. However, all will allow you to boot from SD card (LE) whilst keeping Android on eMMC.

    5. A bit of reading required. Box-guide