Pandora for Android TV adds premium subscription support, Google Assistant, and more

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Pandora went many years without a traditional music streaming option like Spotify or Play Music, but it eventually adde the $10 Premium tier that allows you to play whatever tuns you want. However, the Android TV client has been lagging behind. Today, a new version is rolling out that adds support for Premium subscriptions along with a few other features. Here's the changelog for Pandora 4.0 for Android TV. Search and play songs, albums, or playlists for any occasion. Enable Autoplay so the music never ...

Amazon Releases Prime Video Android TV App!

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Whoa, Amazon published an official Prime Video app for Android TV yesterday to Google Play and I’m kind of speechless about it. This is an app that most would have assumed was available for years, yet Amazon’s reluctance to release apps to Google Play is well-known and so we’ve been without it. So yeah, there is now a Prime Video app for Android TV that should let you access all of the Prime content your Prime subscription makes available to you. Of course, I said “should” there ...

[Hell hath frozen over] Amazon releases Prime Video app for Android TV

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What a world we live in. After Amazon and Google's long-lasting row of we won't sell your products and you won't get our services, the last straw seems to have been pulled when Google disabled YouTube on some of Amazon's products. Now Amazon is trying to make up a little by selling Chromecasts again (while nefariously plotting something with Amazontube?) and the second step appears to be by making Amazon Prime Video available on Android TV devices. Hell, indeed, hath frozen over. It will go ...

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 ...