[Update: Now public] SHIELD TV update v5.2 adds Plex Live TV, direct NAS write capability, and more

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Update 1: 2017/06/10 11:30am PDT The SHIELD Experience Upgrade 5.2 is now rolling out to all users, according to a post on the GeForce forums. As a companion to Plex's announcement of Live TV for Pass subscribers today, Nvidia is pushing out the 5.2 update to the SHIELD TV. Yesterday, we saw the Tablet and Tablet K1 receive a version with the same number that addressed a few issues and bugs. Read More SHIELD TV update v5.2 adds Plex Live TV, direct NAS ...

Facebook’s new Android TV app plays videos from your feed (and that’s it) [APK Download]

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Android TV apps vary greatly in terms of functionality. Some are close to what you get on a phone, but others are focused on a single experience. Case in point, the Twitter app for Android TV that only shows you videos. The new Facebook app is similar—this app simply makes it easier to access the videos in your feed. Facebook for Android TV is available at the same Play Store listing as the regular app. Read MoreFacebook's new Android TV app plays videos from your feed (and ...

Android TV is getting a new launcher with Android O

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Android TV hasn't had much attention from Google in the past few months. The first Android O Developer Preview had no noticeable differences on the platform, and YouTube TV still doesn't have an Android TV application. I suppose good things come to those who wait, because Android TV is getting a brand new launcher with Android O. The launcher has mostly stayed the same since the platform's introduction in 2014. The top row has recommendations from all of your installed applications (as long as they support the ...

NBC releases its app for Android TV

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Last night the US cable network NBC released an app for streaming content to the Android TV platform. It's pretty similar to NBC's other Android app, but, you know, for Android TV. The UI has been reworked to look better on a larger-format display but, presumably, offers all the same content you expect.   NBC did a major update to the Android app last fall, and some of that same design language seems to be present in the Android TV version, as well. Read MoreNBC releases its ...

[Update: Link to Sony’s message] It looks like Sony might be prepping to push Nougat to their Android TVs soon

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Update 1: 2017/05/02 7:37am PDT Check out Sony's message for yourself here. We got a tip earlier today from a user whose Sony Android TV gave him a message about an upcoming update. The message does not explicitly mention Nougat, but among the features listed are some that are exclusive to Android 7.0. Unfortunately, we don't know exactly when the update will hit, but the included information says that it is scheduled to begin after 05/2017. Read More It looks like ...

Kodi 18 will support Leanback suggestions and Google voice search on Android TV

by justin   ·  5 months ago  

Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is an open-source media player that is available on a variety of platforms - including Android. If you use Kodi on your Android TV, you'll be happy to know that the next major release will support Leanback suggestions and voice search. This means that Kodi will fill the home screen of Android TV with content suggestions from your library, much like YouTube and Google Play Movies. And as you can probably guess, the voice search functionality means you can ask to play ...

[Update: Now it’s cheaper] Deal Alert: Get a 75″ Sony LED UHD Android TV from Best Buy for $2150 today ($650 off)

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Update 1: 2017/04/24 7:36pm PDT The TV is now an additional $50 cheaper over at Best Buy, bringing the total amount saved to $700. It's still a hefty $2,099.99, but some savings is better than It's been a little while since we had an actual Android TV pop up in our deal alerts. Our first one for 2017 is a big 'un. As part of its Deal of the Day, Best Buy has Sony's XBR X850D (2016 version) television for $2,150, ...

HBO Go and HBO Go for Android TV get big updates with ability to resume a series, binge mode, and more

by justin   ·  5 months ago  

HBO Go isn't a very good app—this is the harsh truth. Yet, people put up with it because HBO has content that they want to see. The app is getting an update today (standard and Android TV) that adds some long overdue features. We could complain that HBO Go is just now getting binge mode, or we could be thankful it's here. That's actually a lie; we can do both. Here's the changelog for the standard client for phones and tablets. Read MoreHBO Go and HBO ...