Posts tagged with: Android TV
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    Sure, you may consider yourself a big Android user: you've got an Android smartphone, probably a tablet, and maybe even an Android Wear smartwatch. And that's all well and good for mobile tech, but what about at home? Sure, the low cost of entry has made Chromecast pretty affordable to pick up, but in some ways that's just a half measure – what about Android TV? If your media center isn't quite as Android-ified as it could be, now's looking like a pretty good time to make up for it, as Amazon slashes its asking price for the Nexus Player. We saw Google's set-top box debut last fall, ...

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    Google I/O 2015 is getting started in just a couple days, and while that's almost sure to bring us word of new software and services, could it mean some new hardware, too? After all, last year brought us the start of Android Wear sales, including the initial announcement of the Samsung Gear Live. It also marked the debut of the Android TV, which would usher in a new breed of devices. We're thinking about all that today as we catch word of a couple new sales, targeting both Android Wear and Android TV devices. Motorola's been offering Moto 360 sale after Moto 360 sale lately, and now its ...

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    The International Funkausstellung Berlin is more than an excuse to break out our best German pronunciation on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast; it's an annual showcase of the best in consumer technology, with a broad enough spectrum to include everything from washing machines to smartphones. It's in that latter category that some of the most visible announcements have come from IFA: four years ago, Samsung took the stage in Berlin to announce its groundbreaking Galaxy Note phablet, and it's used IFA as the launch venue for every subsequent Note handset since. Technology news isn't ...

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    It all started in Palo Alto, California back in 2003 - a little company named Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The purpose of the venture was to create "smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences", and was originally aimed at digital cameras. That market proved not to be large enough, so the focus shifted to smartphones that could compete against Microsoft's and Symbian's offerings. Google acquired Android, Inc. in 2005 and speculation began to swirl that the search engine and email giant was ...

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    Last month, NVIDIA sent out invites for a press event this week, talking a lot about gaming. We offered some speculation on what that news might bring, from a new Shield Portable to something involving its GRID cloud gaming service. Now the company is drawing back the curtain on its latest product, announcing the Shield home console running Android TV. Like other Android TV devices, Shield can be as much a media center as game console, but for NVIDIA, it's gaming where it really wants Shield to shine. The box is powered by the company's latest Tegra X1 SoC, armed with a 256-core Maxwell ...

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    About four years ago (has it really been that long?!), Google teamed up with some partners (Toshiba being the most notable among them) to deliver a set-top box to consumers, powered by Android - sort of. The specs didn't look that great and seeing the product in action didn't instill much confidence, but the concept... the concept was amazing! The same Google that housed all the videos on YouTube, brought paid movies and TV through its Play Movies library, and enabled services like Netflix and Hulu to run on our smartphones and tablets was tucked inside a box that plugged into our big ...

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    Microsoft Surface Hub promises to be a "powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally" and to "unlock the power of the group". From what we've seen, Microsoft Surface Hub looks a whole lot like the failed Microsoft Surface "table computer" that we say several years ago. (No, you read that correctly, "table computer", not "tablet computer".) The original Microsoft Surface was essentially a relatively high-powered computer built in to a table. The tabletop was the monitor, and several cameras watched the underside of the screen to look for ...

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    This past fall, Google broadened its Nexus lineup with the launch of the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet, the first hardware to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop. But beyond those mobile devices, we also saw Google introduce the Nexus Player, a set-top box running Android TV, intended to expand on what Chromecast did to bring Android into our living rooms by giving users a one-stop hub for both media and gaming. And while Google was quick to make the Nexus Player available for sale in the Play Store, that's where it stayed – until now. Reports are coming in on multiple fronts of ...

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    Depending on whom you ask, the degree of control Apple exerts over its app selection is either a blessing or a curse. Apple's policies help keep its iOS App Store one of the high points of smartphone software in general, full of plenty of really polished titles. But there's a dark side to Apple's oversight, and devs don't find themselves free to to release any type of program they choose: things like tethering apps and emulators have long been in Apple's crosshairs. With Android, on the other hand, Google's been far more lenient with the software it lets devs distribute through the Play ...

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    We're just hours away from HTC's next big event, but one of the company's most anticipated new products isn't one we expect to see at this “double exposure” gathering: the Nexus 9 tablet. Evidence for the tablet's existence has been arriving at unprecedented level in recent weeks, most recently as a picture of the slate itself leaked. But for all we have managed to see, the tablet has remained an unconfirmed rumor. That may finally be changing, as we hear a report that an HTC exec has supposedly verified the manufacturer's plans for the Nexus 9. HTC's Jack Tong, president of HTC North ...

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    Last week, Google I/O brought us some early looks at a few different ways Android is expanding to find homes on new device, with new form factors, while providing a situation-aware interface that means that not everything's going to look like a shrunken-down or blown-up phone. Just as Android Wear keeps things simple and uncluttered to fit its smaller display, Android Auto gives drivers the information they need without being excessively distracting, and Android TV lets us navigate its menus from ten feet away. Considering how important the look and feel of each of these Android branches ...

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    Google's really been stepping up its efforts to being Android into the living room, and following last year's release of Chromecast, we saw the company announce Android TV at I/O yesterday. The platform will take full advantage of new tech arriving in Android L this fall, and during its keynote announcement Google revealed a few different forms Android TV will take. In addition to direct integration with new TV sets from companies like Sharp and Sony, Android TV will be available as an external device connected to “dumb” TVs. Today we hear from one of the OEMs producing such a box, as ...

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    Google has not been letting us down when it comes to confirming a lot of the big Google I/O notes we were expecting the company to hit, and following a number of leaks pointing to the launch of Android TV, Google's gone ahead and confirmed the project. Android TV makes full use of the arrival of new features in Android L, giving devices the ability to accept live video input - this allows Android TV hardware to superimpose its UI over a stream from an external source, like a cable box. The interface is designed to minimize complexity, allowing control with as little as a simple directional ...

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    One of Google's most successful devices from last year was quite surprising -- the Chromecast. The little inexpensive streaming stick is now learning new tricks at Google I/O. It will now work without it being on the same network as the device you're using to Cast, mirror your Android screen to the big screen, and more. The first new Google Cast feature is quite self explanatory. Even if the device you want to Cast from is not on the same WiFi network as a friend's Chromecast, you need not nag said friend for their WiFi password (which they may have forgotten due to length). Even on a ...

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    In case you can't bring yourself to wait just a few more hours, it's (almost) confirmed. A report from The Wall Street Journal and an app changelog prematurely published by the developer of Riptide GP2 -- Vector Unit -- have revealed that an Android TV set-top box is likely coming today, along with some of the features it may have. One of the key features of the one Android TV set-top box expected to be demoed is gaming integration with Android. There seemingly is a smooth handoff between playing on your phone and playing the same game on your TV, which brings us to our next point -- the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the demo of Windows Phone in the car that was recently shown at Microsoft's Build conference. Motorola follows as we get rumors of a Moto X+1 in the works as the follow-up to the Moto X. Samsung follows the news as we get new rumors of the Samsung Gear Solo, which is a smartphone/smartwatch in its own way. Google later brings us new rumors of Android TV that might be coming soon. We end today's show talking about how Phil Schiller complains about Apple's own ads lately. All this and more after the break. Stories: - “Windows Phone in the ...

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    The recent introduction of Android Fire TV has renewed the conversation about the connected living room, though it's not one that really ever left our thoughts altogether, especially with all this talk about a new Apple TV hanging over our head. There's also been a rumor going back a while now that Google itself might be taking another stab at the TV, with an effort just a little more substantial than Chromecast. While last year we were talking about something like a gaming console, the story has now shifted to something much more media-focused, and a leak that arrived this past weekend ...

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