Google Play Music for Android TV Getting Big Redesign

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Here’s some exciting news for Google Play Music fans, specifically those who use the service on Android TV. Spotted by the folks at Android Police, Google’s music service is getting a big redesign, one that should be making its way to your set-top box or smart TV soon. As you can see from the above header image and screenshot below, a lot of the UI has been blackened, allowing some album covers to really pop with color. Additionally, Google has removed a few of the notable ...

Play Music v8.1 appears with dedicated Android TV app and a significantly new look [APK Download]

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The Play Music app on Android TV has remained mostly unchanged since the platform launched three years ago. If you've grown tired of the wall of orange and all of the completely original Material Design components that were used when Android TV first launched, you'll be happy to see that Play Music is now sporting a new look. A new Android TV-specific variant of the Play Music app is rolling out through the Play Store with a completely redesigned look.   Left: Previous version. Right: New version. The ...

Hulu for Android TV updated with Google Assistant voice controls

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Voice controls are easily one of the best things to have happened to the living room. Gone are the times when we needed separate 'clickers' for every device, and even the universal remote's days are numbered. Now you can even add Hulu on Android TV to the growing list of "yell-compatible" apps, via the Google Assistant.  Support isn't too extensive, but it does cover all the basics. Assistant-compatible controls include play, pause, resume, fast forward, rewind, and skip to the next item. It might be ...

Philips rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its 2016 and 2017 TVs

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Google doesn't allow manufacturers to heavily customize Android TV, but that hasn't stopped some companies from delivering updates slowly (coughSonycough). Philips' smart TVs have been stuck on Marshmallow, but that appears to be changing. The company has now started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to its 2016 and 2017 smart TVs. Android TV 7.0 includes a few notable features like picture-in-picture support, 4K casting, multi-account support, and app recording. Philips has added a few tweaks as well, including Amazon HDR/Dolby Digital+ support, and HLG (Hybrid ...

Google app for Android TV 3.0 lets you sideload the Assistant on the Mi Box and arm-based TVs [APK Download]

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Last week, Google announced that the Assistant is coming to Android TV starting with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The firmware update started rolling shortly thereafter and users were able to grab the new Google app that came with it: version 3.0. After probing on Google+, we got limited feedback that v3.0 of the Google app for Android TV can be installed on other Android TV devices and it does indeed activate the Assistant on them. However, before you scream victory, there are several limitations to ...

NVIDIA posts SHIELD Experience 6.0 release notes—SmartThings, Assistant, YouTube 360, and more

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A new update is rolling out to NVIDIA SHIELD devices today, and it brings some major improvements. It's not an Oreo update, but that's not exactly vital for Android TV. What you do get is Google Assistant, YouTube 360, and a lot more. Here's what you can expect from SHIELD Experience v6.0. Google Assistant Comes to SHIELD TV Reimagine how you interact with your TV. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s always ready to help. Enjoy the Freedom of Hands-Free Voice Control Say “OK Google” ...

Assistant has finally come to the SHIELD TV and it looks great

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After waiting and waiting (and waiting), Google is finally starting the rollout of Assistant to Android TV. Announced at CES back in January, this functions like a combination of a Google Home and a Chromecast in one thing... and that's awesome. This will be coming first to Nvidia's SHIELD TV starting today.   This addition brings a whole new level of interaction to your SHIELD TV (and Bravia TVs "in the coming months"), since you can issue "Okay, Google" commands to your remote and go from ...

NVIDIA releases new $179.99 16GB SHIELD TV with remote, but sans gamepad controller

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Of all the new gear I've installed in my new apartment, the SHIELD TV has got to be one of the 5 we use the most. We've hooked it up to a nice 55" Samsung 4K HDR TV and we love using it for watching/casting YouTube videos, streaming Plex from our server, and playing a few games. I'm fixated on Riptide Renegade while the Mr is all about SkyForce Anniversary now. For something so tiny (you should really see how small it is), it ...