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

thumbnail

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

thumbnail

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

thumbnail

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

thumbnail

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

thumbnail

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]

thumbnail

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 ...

Sony’s Android TVs now support the Google Assistant

thumbnail

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

thumbnail

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 ...