CES 2018 wrap-up: More Android TVs than you can shake a remote at

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Article Contents CES is wrapping up (I left Thursday afternoon), so we figured it would be a good time to sit down and give all of you an easy place to find a bunch of the stuff announced that are related to Android. This post will focus on all of the television sets that will come with Android TV installed. I got see a few of them on the show floor, but they weren't all that exciting from a brief glance standpoint — we've all seen ...

Google adds Android TV Home and Core Services to the Play Store

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Google has added the Android TV Launcher and Core Services APKs to the Play Store, which honestly makes me wonder why they weren't there to begin with. Given that the Nexus Player has not received an update from Android Oreo 8.0 to the newest 8.1, this seems to be a convenient way for Google to keep the streaming hockey puck up to date. That said, it would potentially be useful to update the Android TV interface for Smart TVs and cable set-top boxes which ...

Sony announces new 4K HDR Android TVs with Google Assistant built-in

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Sony Announces New Premium OLED and LED 4K HDR TVs with Improved Picture Quality and Enhanced User Experience New A8F BRAVIA® OLED 4K HDR TV series and X900F 4K HDR TV series incorporate a powerful mix of Sony picture and processing technologies with new Dolby Vision™ support LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 5pm PT (CES, Booth #17300) – Sony Electronics announced today two new and expanded 4K HDR television series designed to deliver enhanced color, contrast and clarity. The X900F series and A8F BRAVIA OLED series of Sony TVs make the best ...

Haier, owner of GE Appliances, announces Android TVs at CES 2018

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If you don't follow the thrilling and fast-paced world of home appliances, you might be forgiven for never having heard of a company called Haier. The China-based consumer electronics and home appliance manufacturer made headlines in 2016 when it announced it would be buying General Electric's appliance division for $5.4 billion. Aside from making kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwave ovens, Haier's product line also includes washers, air conditioners, televisions, and even computers, smartphones and Chromebooks. One year ago, at CES 2017, Haier announced ...

[$$$] NVIDIA announces 65″ 4K 120Hz gaming displays with Android TV built in

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NVIDIA Supersizes PC Gaming with New Breed of Big Format Gaming Displays “BFGDs” Integrate NVIDIA G-SYNC and SHIELD to DeliverWorld’s First Giant Screen PC Gaming Experience LAS VEGAS—CES—Jan. 7, 2018—PC gaming today makes the leap to a giant screen, with NVIDIA’s introduction of big format gaming displays, or BFGDs. Created in conjunction with NVIDIA hardware partners Acer, ASUS and HP, BFGDs integrate a high-end 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR display with NVIDIA® G-SYNC® technology together with NVIDIA SHIELDTM, the world’s most advanced streaming device. The combination delivers a buttery-smooth ...

The Stream+ is an Android TV box with integrated TV tuners, and it’s available for pre-order

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The Android TV ecosystem currently consists of the SHIELD and some other things no one buys. There may soon be another Android TV device worth picking up. The Stream+ from Channel Master is up for pre-order, and it ships later this month. This is an Android TV box, but it also has built-in dual TV tuners and DVR functionality. The hardware looks like a slightly warped Google Home that was cut in half. I don't mean that to sound negative—that's just an unavoidable comparison. ...

SiriusXM quietly arrives on Android TV

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SiriusXM is a satellite/internet radio company, which has offered an Android smartphone app since 2010. The company has also embraced Android's other form factors - a Google TV app is still live on the Play Store. An Android TV version is now widely available, with seemingly no announcement from the company. The app is already up to version 1.1, and since the changelog says "Added support for more Android TV devices," it may have only been available on select smart TVs. You should now be ...

Tidal splashes onto Android TV with its lossless music streaming

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If you are someone who would pay 20 bucks a month for lossless streaming audio, you would probably like the option to play those high-bitrate tunes through the receiver connected to the biggest screen in your house. It's only fair. Rejoice, audiophiles and audiophile wannabes (like me), because streaming service Tidal has released an Android TV version of its app.  Tidal also leans heavily on providing high-resolution music videos as well as audio, and boasts in its Play Store listing that users can now "stream ...