Android TV

Sony announces new UltraHD 4K TV line, all with Android TV

If you think you’re ready to be blown away by 4K digital content, then Sony has got the answer for your TV needs. The Japan-based consumer electronics company just announced its new UltraHD TV line, all with 4K resolution, to start shipping in May but available for pre-orders now. The best part? All of the models come with Android TV.

Razer Forge TV console went up for pre-order, pulled back out

The Razer Forge TV – the same one we fell in love with at CES 2015 – actually went up for pre-order on Amazon yesterday, but was quickly pulled back out for reasons still unknown. If you’re thinking the Razer Forge TV is just one of those set-top boxes, then you’re in for a surprise. Razer is known for its gaming products – so with a TV box showing all the trimmings of Razer’s gaming culture – you should expect some kick-butt Android gaming at the very least.

Web Browser for Android TV works ala Chrome but not quite

Android TV is one platform that has yet to be the standard in smart TVs but it's exciting to think about the future of television. TV-watching (couch potatoing?)  has changed in the past decade, thanks to the introduction of the Internet, mobile apps, and the more hi-tech TV models. There are only a few Android TV devices in the market but the platform is what makes them more attractive to use. Apps are still limited though. You'd think a web browser would be easy to develop since Google already has Chrome but there's no official web browser app yet.

Android 5.1 also pushing to Nexus Player, reboot option available

The latest and greatest version of Android Lollipop at this point is Android 5.1, and it is steadily pushing out to all the Nexus devices – which is a great advantage of being Google’s premier line of devices, as you are always first in line to get the newest version of the OS. Even the Nexus Player – Google’s round-shaped digital HD TV output box which also leads a double-life as an Android casual gaming console – is getting its own version of Android 5.1.

Doom 3, Crysis will be coming to NVIDIA’s SHIELD Android TV

So NVIDIA’s big reveal at the MWC 2015 is an Android TV gaming hub – aptly named the NVIDIA SHIELD (yes, again). This device marks the third time this naming convention has been used for one of NVIDIA’s devices – first for what is now the SHIELD Portable, and then the SHIELD Tablet. But enough of the name, the exciting part is that you’re going to be able to run DOOM 3 and Crysis – yes, freaking Crysis – on the new NVIDIA SHIELD.

The new NVIDIA SHIELD: hands-on with Android TV, gaming style

NVIDIA is once again shuffling names, this time maybe for the last time. The NVIDIA SHIELD moniker once belonged to what is now known as the SHIELD Portable, a standalone gaming handheld that looked like a gamepad with a built-in tablet on top. Now the name is being used, without specification unlike the SHIELD Tablet, to refer to NVIDIA's MWC 2015 surprise: an Android TV device. OK, maybe it's not all too shocking considering the direction it has been going, but it makes the surprise no less pleasant nonetheless.

Mad Catz showing off two handheld mobile accessories at MWC

For gamers and all those who follow the gaming industry, Mad Catz will be a familiar name – manufacturers of uber-cool gaming accessories for different platforms. As the Mobile World Congress 2015 chugs along in Barcelona, you may see these two new handheld products from mad Catz on display at their booth – the first is a multifunctional media and mobile gaming controller in the Mad Catz S.U.R.F.R, and the second is a dedicated but multi-platform gaming controller in the Mad Catz L.Y.N.X.

Nexus Player now on Newegg, Best Buy, questions still on availability

As of today, it seems that we won't need to dizzy ourselves going around in circles in looking for a place to buy the Nexus Player, as you can now obtain the uniquely round Android TV device outside of the Google Play Store. Users looking for a more Android-based TV viewing experience can now get if from Newegg, Best Buy, and Amazon, but still the device’s availability it raises several other questions.
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