Android TV

Google search app for Android TV arrives at Play Store

Because Google would really like you to use their search app – or maybe because of a totally unrelated and unspecified reason which we will probably never know – the mothership has chosen not to bundle a search function with Android TV’s interface. That function belongs to a separate Google app that is now up for downloading via the Google Play Store – even if most of us don’t have an Android TV device yet.

Nexus Player and Android TV get new sports content

Sports fans wanting another place where they can keep up with their favorite teams will be glad to hear that they can now watch live NBA games on the Nexus Player. The NBA Game time app is now on Google Play. Fans will need a NBA League Pass to watch games via the app.

Nexus Player now available, compatible games lined up

And it’s officially selling – the Nexus Player, that is. If you haven’t come across this device yet – although we’re not sure how that would be possible – this is the first Android TV set top box being pushed by Google and was manufactured by ASUS. We’ve speculated on its availability for a time now, but it’s finally available.

ASUS gamepad for Nexus Player available by late November

The Nexus Player is Google’s first real marketable offering for Android TV – with a big boost from gadget manufacturer ASUS. The Nexus Player has the specs enough to be a reliable casual gaming console as well, especially with the ability to connect Bluetooth gaming controllers. This is why ASUS’s dedicated gaming controllers for the Nexus Player – the ASUS Gamepad – may very much be in demand as the holiday season rolls in.

Chainfire unleashes Sideload Launcher for Android TV

The Android TV platform is yet to have a formal launch but already we're seeing surging interest and activity around it, which is always good for a nascent platform. First there is that unofficial port that will let you install Android TV on an OUYA. Now even SuperSU creator Chainfire is jumping in with Sideload Launcher for Android TV, a handy little utility that will unhide regular Android apps that you might have indirectly installed on Google's fancy new entertainment platform.

Excited for Android TV? Try it unofficially on the OUYA

The promise of Android on TVs has been a long and almost unreachable dream but that journey may now be at an end with Google's formal Android TV push. But while we are still waiting for the Nexus Player, the first Android TV device that isn't actually a TV, to ship, many are excited, if not curious, what this new "lean back" living room experience offers on the table. If you have an OUYA gaming console, however, you might not need to wait that long, provided you're willing to jump through hoops to get to your destination.

Android TV ADT-1 can sideload Android 5.0

Android TV, one of those niches announced back in June at Google I/O 2014 where Android plans to branch out, is also getting an update to Android 5.0 which it will most likely roll out OTA. But not just to everyone yet. We feel you when you say that it’s stressing you out waiting for the OTA update – we’ve all been there. So if you’re up for it, you can actually sideload the official update to your ADT-1 right now.

Nexus Player is your Android TV in a not so boxy circle

What is it with Google and round Android-powered media players? Calling into mind the ill-fated Nexus Q (odd) ball, Google today has dropped a surprise for those who were just expecting the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Android 5.0, christened Lollipop. Hopefully, however, the unexpected Nexus Player is here to stay especially since it is based on a more established yet still new Android TV platform, though the question remains whether how much need there is for a dedicated Android box for the living room.

ASUS Nexus Player makes GFX Bench appearance, first Android TV?

Google has announced at this year’s IO Developer’s Conference that it was working on an Android OS for smart TVs and set-top boxes which will be called Android TV. This will launch presumably side-by-side Android L, the company’s newest operating system. Recently, a device called the ASUS Nexus Player showed up at GFX Bench, giving fuel to rumors that this could be the first Android TV device.

Android TV ADT-1 dev kits start shipping to developers

To prepare the new Android sub-platform for its first actual launch later this year, Google has started sending the ADT-1 Android TV preview kit to would-be app developers. This will hopefully ensure that by the time Android finally makes its way to the living room, there won't be a dearth of apps, games and content that could steal the thunder from this new device category.
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