Android TV

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.

VLC preview app for Android TV now available

Probably one of the most popular video players on both the desktop and mobile platforms is VLC because it can play almost anything. With Android TV slowly gaining traction in the smart TV platform market (although it still has a long way to go), it isn't really surprising that the open source cross-platform multimedia player will eventually make its way there. The developers have released a preview version of the app, and despite the bugs and all, it looks pretty promising.

CES 2015 Roundup: Android in full throttle

The dust of CES 2015 has finally settled down, so now we can take a more holistic overview of what went down at the world's largest consumer electronics event. Unsurprisingly, Android is at the center of many of the new, and some old, devices we've seen. But while wearables, particularly smartwatches are still somewhat of a hot topic, we're now seeing Android's growing presence outside of its usual form factors, in particular in cars and in TVs. Join us for Android Community's recap of CES 2015.

Razer Forge TV hands-on: Android living room gaming levels up

Razer revealed earlier at CES 2015 its own take as Android gaming in the living room with the Forge TV, but its take isn't simply a box or controller that you hook up to a TV and press Play. Razer's idea is more of a whole ecosystem that includes the Forge TV itself, a couple of surprisingly good controllers, and even the software that runs inside. We got to test all of these ourselves to see just how much promise this latest attempt really holds.

Google TV dead, mothership to push Android TV, Chromecast

When Google TV came out, it was the new kid on the block and it was immediately liked for being the “different one”. Sadly, the ecosystem for the device – the app development, the OEM support, the hardware maturity – stagnated, especially when Chromecast came out and immediately proved the wireless streaming was the way to go. And so it comes as no surprise that Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV development.
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