HBO GO Android TV App Updated to Support Google Assistant

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For those who still watch HBO even when everyone’s favorite incest and dragon-packed show isn’t in season, you’ll be happy to learn that both the HBO GO Android TV app and standard HBO GO app for phones/tablets received updates this week. The big change is for the Android TV version, as it receives support for voice controls via Google Assistant. For example, watchers can control playback and use search functions all by using their voice. Basically, anything that allows me to not use a virtual keyboard ...

VLC version 2.5 brings more Material Design UI, enhancements for Android Auto & TV

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VLC, the video player that can handle practically anything you throw at it with no config tweaking, has been updated to version 2.5, marking the first update to the stable channel of the popular media player in over a year. In addition to a lot of interface tweaks bringing it more in line with Material Design guidelines, visual changes have also come to Android TV and Auto. In the VLC interface, album art is now used as a blurred background when playing and navigating. Video ...

You can now assign Android TV devices with Assistant to specific rooms

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Early last month, we started seeing the option to include Google Homes and Assistant-enabled speakers in rooms inside the Home app, just like you would for your lights and switches and thermostats. Now it seems that option has propagated to Android TV devices as well. Artem spotted it this morning: in his Google Home app, his two SHIELD TVs appear in the Home control tab, under the Assistant section. Tapping on them lets him assign them to a room. Technically, that should allow him to turn on and ...

Opera’s Android TV browser renamed to ‘Vewd Browser’

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Several years ago, Opera Software spun off its TV division as a separate company, fittingly named 'Opera TV.' While the company was responsible for the various TV ports of the Opera browser, it also developed an entire software platform designed for media players, car head units, and smart TVs - similar to Roku OS and Android TV. Opera TV was purchased by Moore Frères & Company in 2016, and in August of this year, the company announced it was rebranding itself as 'Vewd.' Now the Android ...

Android Oreo feature spotlight: Android TV now recommends apps to install during setup

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It has been a while since the last Android Oreo feature spotlight, but there are apparently still discoveries to be made. Oreo was a pretty substantial update for Android TV, with a new launcher in tow. The update has another change for Android TV - recommended apps during the setup process. When you're setting up your Android TV device for the first time, or after a wipe, Google will now show you a few apps you can install. The recommendations are based on your installation ...

Cartoon Network app now works on Android TV

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Cartoon Network has an impressive legacy, with shows like Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Regular Show under its belt. At this point it's mostly a 24/7 channel for Teen Titans GO, but you're into that, you might be excited to hear that the official app now supports Android TV. Like most applications for cable networks, the CN app allows you to watch select on-demand content from your mobile device (and now, your TV). There's even ...

Android TV app for Comcast Xfinity coming in 2018, but only for Sony TVs at first

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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast and Sony today announced that Xfinity TV customers will soon be able to access their cable service via the Xfinity TV Partner app on Sony’s Android TVs. Beginning in 2018, Xfinity TV customers with Sony’s Android TVs will be able to enjoy live and on demand programming, including local broadcast and Public Educational and Governmental channels, as well as their cloud DVR recordings via the Xfinity TV Partner app. They will also enjoy the seamless design and rich programming data of the Emmy ...

Nexus Player gains Google Assistant functionality with November security patch

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The Nexus Player, Google's first (and only) digital media player (see note) has received support for Google Assistant as part of the November security update. This is the third Android TV device to receive the Assistant, after the nVidia Shield and select Sony Bravia televisions. Given the quality of the microphone in the bundled controller, you are probably better off using the Android TV Remote app with your existing smartphone, but the feature does work. It is slightly unclear how Assistant support is added—the ...