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 ...

Plex v6.9.0 adds Assistant integration on Android TV, transcoding status overlay, and a whole lot more [APK Download]

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The Plex team is back with another update to the Android app, complete with its customary giant changelog. The most notable addition this time is support for Assistant on Android TV, but there's a little something for everyone no matter how you're using Plex. Here's the full changelog from the Plex forums. WHATS NEW: Display hardware transcoding status in video player info overlay. Local playback: text based ASS/SSA subtitle support. Local playback: support for background scanning and thumbnail generation. Support quality selection during Live TV playback. Improve photo ...

33 new and notable Android Wear apps and watch faces from the last 2 months (9/01/17 – 11/10/17)

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Article Contents Page 1 Page 2 Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android Wear apps and faces that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous month or so. Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info. Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here. Apps Wear Casts Wear Casts is the only Wear app for this particular roundup, so it's nice to see that ...

[Deal Alert] Get $30 off Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro smartwatches

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Samsung's latest wearables lineup has barely been on sale five minutes, but we're already seeing some good deals on them. The Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, both of which were only launched last month, can be had for $30 off the MSRP at the moment, from various retailers. The Gear Sport was just reviewed by Ryan, and he was pretty impressed with it. He thought the experience was as close as he's seen to a compelling smartwatch for average users, with the high price point ...

Sony’s Android TVs now support the Google Assistant

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If you're lucky enough to own a recent Sony 4K HDR set with Android TV, you now have access to the Google Assistant. As well as using it to explore video content and get information, you'll also be able to control your smart home devices, just as you can with the Assistant on your phone or a Google Home product. Any Sony Android TV model from 2017, along with some from 2016 (XBR-Z9D, XBR-X800D, XBR-X750/X700D), will be able to make use of the Assistant, ...

YouTube TV App for Android TV Now Official, Rolling Out This Week to Select Devices

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We just posted a piece that detailed NVIDIA’s teasing of a YouTube TV app for Android TV, but now, YouTube has gone and made it official. The native YouTube TV app will start rolling out this week to select Android TV devices, such as the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, select Sony TV models, as well as the Xbox One family. YouTube details that other TVs, like ones from LG and Samsung, should see the app available within the new few weeks. Features Control your live TV experience with your TV’s ...

Samsung Gear Sport review: A smartwatch regular people might actually buy

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Article Contents Smartwatches were supposed to be the Next Big Thing TM a few years ago when Samsung launched the original Android-powered Galaxy Gear. That device came with a laundry list of problems, but the company quickly reassessed and got on board with Android Wear while also dabbling with the Tizen wearable OS. When Samsung quietly stepped back from Android Wear, many of us thought it was a mistake. With the release of the Gear Sport, it's looking like Samsung made the right call. The Gear Sport ...

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 ...