Android TV

Google might be giving away a new Nexus Player in I/O conference

With the 2015 I/O conference just a few days away, people are speculating what new device they will be handing over to developers so they can tinker and experiment with. Well, of course, it probably won't be an Android TV machine like the Razer Forge TV (unless..naaahh) but speculation is rife that it might be the second generation Nexus Player. The current one is almost nearing the end of its "shelf life" and so now is the right time for Google to introduce a newer, faster device.

SlingTV now available on Android TV, offers 50% off Nexus Player

A few months after it arrived for Android mobile devices, video on demand streaming service Sling TV is now available on another member of the family, the Android TV platform. This means you can watch live sports events, sports programs, TV shows, etc. on any device that is on the platform, including the Nexus Player, Forge TV, Shield Android TV, ADT-1, and the OgleBox. And if you're thinking of getting an Android TV, Sling TV also has a special deal for those looking to expand their TV viewing experience.

Check out this Sony 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV with Android TV

If you're on the lookout for a new Android TV, we recommend you watch the unboxing video below first. You might want to preview what this new Ultra HD TV from Sony can do err, show you. This particular TV model boasts of a 65-inch (64.5-inch actually) diagonal display. It's a large TV  that would require at least two people setting it up in your living room or wherever. If you're thinking if it's time to get a super 4K Ultra HD, a few minutes testing this new Sony TV would probably help you decide and probably say yes.

YouTube update: permanent cast button, maybe audio-only download soon

A new update that will soon arrive on your YouTube app (but is already available through APK) brings a few minor changes to the way it looks on your mobile devices, including icon changes and the appearance of a button that is both useful (for those who have Chromecast or Android TV) and useless (obviously for those who don't). But what's even more exciting is that there is a possibility that a much requested feature may come to us soon.

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.
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