Posts tagged with: Android TV
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    If Google wants to be the a media medium to be reckoned with, it's going to need more support. From Play to Android TV and Chromecast, the Google label might be high-profile for the under 35s and high-IQ for those uninformed and uninterested. But if you can build it into ordinary products, then they may just as well come. Google's announced that Sony, Sharp and Philips are now kicking out Android TVs with Arcelik, Vestel, RCA, Hisense, TCL and Bang & Olufsen television sets to come within the year. Linknet is offering Android TV in Indonesia. Bang & Olufsen Play, Harman Kardon, ...

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    When LG unveiled the super-stylish Watch Urbane wearable in both Android and webOS flavors, we couldn’t help but wonder if the eternal Korean smartphone number two was planning to once again take a page from Samsung’s playbook and revive Palm’s old operating system in order to oppose the rising Tizen threat. That obviously didn’t prove to be the case, and while Tizen handhelds, smartwatches and smart TVs are multiplying by the day, webOS seems destined to remain a TV-exclusive platform for the foreseeable future. Its open-source 3.0 flavor will debut at the 2016 International ...

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    Just because NVIDIA jumped the gun with what looked like an early Black Friday deal on the Shield Android TV set-top box last week, it doesn’t mean the gaming pro can’t up the bargain ante between November 26 and 28. Thursday through Saturday therefore, you can grab the microconsole for even less directly from the Santa Clara-based device manufacturer, as well as Best Buy, GameStop, Micro Center, and Fry’s Electronics. What does this less mean? An incredibly reasonable $150, which is technically $50 off the list price, but in reality offers $100 actual savings, given it also includes ...

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    The black month discount fever is slowly but surely taking over carriers, retailers and device manufacturers as diverse as T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Best Buy, HTC, and NVIDIA, with the last name added on that list offering a promotion bound to thrill both gamers and home entertainment addicts. The Shield Android TV set-top box/microconsole usually costs $199.99, and in the entry-level package, you get a gaming controller included, but no TV remote. The latter accessory is priced at a separate $50, but for a limited time only, both NVIDIA and Amazon let you have it for free stateside. ...

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    If you're in the market for an Android TV device right now, you don't have a lot to pick from in the way of options, and earlier this week those already limited choices started looking a lot more narrow as Google stopped selling the Razer Forge TV. We read this as the beginning of the end (or maybe quite a ways past the beginning) for the Forge TV, but in a new statement Razer reinforces its commitment to not just the Forge TV, but Android TV as a platform. Razer writes that it's “doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room and looking forward to producing the world's largest ...

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    First announced (more like teased) way back in June 2014, one of only three consumer Android TV devices ever released barely saw daylight this spring. Though manufactured by a respected gaming juggernaut, the Razer Forge TV appeared doomed off the bat, with very timid marketing efforts, pretty impressive hardware but deeply flawed software. It wasn’t long until Nvidia rolled out the Shield Console, aka Shield Android TV, which despite a higher price tag, quickly managed to garner a decent audience. With last year’s Nexus Player also around at $80 or so (sometimes $50), the Forge TV’s ...

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    Last week's big Google announcements marked the formal arrival of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as the company revealed the first two handsets to debut running the platform: the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. More than that, though, the event also brought word of the coming availability of Marshmallow releases for existing Nexus devices. We had already heard that Google could get that ball rolling today, on October 5, and its announcement confirmed that distribution was set to get underway this week. Right on schedule, the factory images are in – not just for one or two models, but seemingly for ...

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    NVIDIA hasn't necessarily had the fame its fought for in the smartphone and tablet space, which is rather sad since the days of the Tegra 3 disappointments are long gone. As a result the company has branched out to create its own hardware in order to showcase its capabilities, and some of these products are rather cool and unique. One of these is the NVIDIA Shield Android TV box, which was launched back in May, and that just received a major update. One of the major improvements with the update is the inclusion of GeForce Now, which is like a Netflix for games. The idea here is that you ...

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    Google's September 29 event will almost certainly bring us some new Nexus phones, but what else could be on the menu? Beyond a possible new Chromecast, we've also been wondering lately whether Google intends to introduce a second-gen Nexus Player. Sure, it may not be the highest profile of Google's hardware offerings, but the original's coming up on a year old, and we've recently been kicking around the theory that a new model is about to debut. Some FCC docs we saw surface earlier this month only helped add fuel to that fire, and now a pretty big Nexus Player sale has curious if retailers ...

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    Does bad luck exist? A rational mind would think not, but considering all the missteps NVIDIA's been dealing with lately, it's easy to see how you might be tempted to believe otherwise. First we  saw major OEMs lose their taste for Tegra-series SoCs, then NVIDIA's own hardware suffered the public embarrassment of a recall, as certain Shield Tablet models were identified as posing a fire risk due to faulty batteries. Lest you think that was all in NVIDIA's past, now the company's got another hardware failure it has to deal with, offering users replacements for faulty Shield Pro Android TV ...

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    Last fall, Google brought us not just the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, but also the Nexus Player, its Android TV-based set-top box. Now with a new Nexus launch event just over the horizon, could Google be ready with a follow-up device? There's a mysterious new Google product popping its head up in a fresh set set of FCC certification paperwork that's fueling rumors of just such a second-gen Nexus Player. Here's what we know: the FCC documentation describes a Google “multimedia device” with model number NC2-6A5. Confirmed hardware details include four USB ports (plus one micro ...

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    Head on over to the online Google Store, and you'll find devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Chromecast, and Nexus Player, all up for sale. While that makes the site the go-to stop for Google's own hardware, there are a few third-party devices that still manage to score this kind of exposure: things like the Razer Forge Android TV bundle. Now we're seeing another manufacturer of Android TV hardware get its device added to the highly selective list of Google Store merchandise, as NVIDIA brings its Shield set-top box to the site. The Tegra X1-powered Shield box first launched back in early ...

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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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