Tag: Android TV

Most Android TV devices should now be controllable by Google Home

Owners of Android TV boxes and sets have been asking one question ever since Google Home and Assistant launched: why can’t I control my device with voice commands from my smart speakers? It works for Chromecast, so why wouldn’t Android TV be supported? Worse yet, some things half-worked, like turning the TV on/off, and asking […]

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[Update x2: Fix rolling out] Sony appears to be blocking Kodi on its recent Android TVs

Kodi (formerly XBMC) has attracted an undeservedly bad rap outside media streaming circles, garnering a piracy-associated reputation that isn’t quite merited — at least, in my opinion. Whatever you might believe, it looks like Sony might be taking a critical view of the project, too, as reports indicate that at least some of the company’s […]

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Shield Software Experience 7.2.3 brings NHL app and much-needed option to restart WiFi

With every update, small or big, Nvidia’s Shield TV gets better and better. Three years on, it’s still easily the best standalone Android TV box you can buy. Today’s update to Shield Software Experience 7.2.3 isn’t a major one by any means, but it brings a feature I’ve wanted since the start: the option to […]

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Google Assistant on Android TV can speak four new languages

We rarely speak of Assistant on Android TV because changes in the platform are highly dependent on TV and set-top box manufacturers, infrequent updates, and sometimes server-side pushes from Google. But language support is something we keep an eye on, as it allows users who don’t speak English to use the Assistant on their TVs. […]

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Google disables Photos on Android TV temporarily due to possible privacy breach

Picture this: you’re setting the screensaver on your Android TV to show pictures from your Google Photos account, but wait — the account selection page shows hundreds of unknown Google accounts, complete with profile pictures, all showing as linked accounts! This is exactly what happened to at least two Android TV users, on television sets […]

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Long-awaited Kodi 18 release delivers Android Leanback, support for retro gaming emulators, and much more [APK Download]

Users of open-source media player Kodi (formerly XMBC) have been waiting for release 18 (codenamed “Leia”) for almost two years. Now, after what the project itself describes as a “long gestation,” Kodi 18 is available for all supported platforms. It has a massive list of changes, including Android Leanback, and support for retro gaming emulators. […]

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Android TV 8.0 rolling out to recent Sony TVs, sideload available now

Sony is one of the best OEMs around when it comes to updating its smartphones in a timely fashion, but the company’s smart TVs are another story. Even though Android 9 Pie was released five months ago, and Android Q is on the horizon, Sony is just now rolling out Oreo to some of its […]

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25 new and notable Android TV apps and games from the last 10 months (3/31/18 – 1/18/19)

Article Contents Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android TV apps and games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the the last ten months. It’s been a while since our last ATV roundup, but ATV titles are still trickling out in enough numbers that we finally […]

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Xiaomi unveils new PatchWall with Android TV sets and a soundbar in India

Xiaomi leads the smart TV sector in India and hopes to strengthen its position with two new Mi TV Pro models. The 55″ Mi LED TV 4X Pro and 43″ Mi LED TV 4A Pro are its latest entries to what is an increasingly crowded market. Additionally, the Chinese company also announced it’s very first attempt […]

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Anker announces tiny 30W USB Type-C charger, Prizim II Android TV projector, and more

CES 2019 is in full swing, and Anker has announced several new products — including some under its Soundcore and Nebula sub-brands. There’s a new tiny Type-C wall plug, another Android TV-powered projector, and more. PowerPort Atom PD 1 First up is the adorably-small Atom PD 1, a 30W USB Type-C charger that is around […]

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JBL Link Bar, the soundbar with Google Assistant and Android TV, will ship this spring

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The next big thing in TV isn’t even a TV. An industry first, the JBL LINK BAR is a powerful soundbar that provides exceptional audio performance and delivers TV content in a smarter way with Android TV and the Google Assistant built-in. The LINK BAR is the most recent collaboration between JBL and […]

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The JBL Link Bar is alive again, along with the new JBL Link Drive

JBL just announced the incoming availability of the JBL Link Bar and the JBL Link Drive. The JBL Link Bar features Android TV, Chromecast, and Google Assistant in one sleek soundbar. JBL Link Drive brings Google Assistant into your vehicle. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, JBL announced the upcoming launch of two Google Assistant-based […]

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Nvidia x HP Omen 65″ 4K HDR gaming display goes on sale in February for $4,999

Exactly one year ago today, Nvidia announced a pretty niche but impressive product at CES 2018. BFGDs (Big Format Gaming Displays) are 65″ 4K HDR gaming monitors with a 120Hz refresh rate, and the first is about to go on pre-order for the princely sum of $4,999. Made in conjunction with HP’s Omen gaming brand, […]

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