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NVIDIA adds more Google Home integration to SHIELD

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a strange device. It has Assistant built-in, but it sometimes lacks features of other Assistant devices. You can also control the SHIELD from other Assistant devices, but it doesn't have all the standard Chroemcast features. NVIDIA says "deeper integration" with Google Home is rolling out now, which may help to smooth out some inconsistencies.

Unfortunately, NVIDIA is pulling a Google here and has mixed in new things with old.

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NVIDIA adds more Google Home integration to SHIELD was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can now ask an Assistant speaker to play Netflix on Android TV

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Android TV devices are supposed to have all the functionality of a Chromecast, since they also act as Cast targets. However, there are still some quirks that remained unresolved. Netflix integration with Google Assistant went live nearly two years ago, which allows users to say "Hey Google, play The Office on Netflix" (or something to that effect) to an Assistant speaker, and the content will start playing on your default TV.

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You can now ask an Assistant speaker to play Netflix on Android TV was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Xiaomi announces $60 Mi Box S with Android TV 8.1, now available for pre-order

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

While Google was busy announcing new phones, tablets, and other gadgets, Xiaomi unveiled its new Android TV box. The Mi Box 4 and 4c launched in China earlier this year, and now the company has announced an international version with Android TV - the Mi Box S.

The set-top box runs Android TV 8.1, so it has the new channel-based launcher that came in Oreo. It supports video playback up to 4K 60FPS, with HDR and Dolby/DTS Audio to boot.

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Xiaomi announces $60 Mi Box S with Android TV 8.1, now available for pre-order was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

JBL Link Bar orders delayed, likely won’t ship this year

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Android TVs and Home units have become the hallmark of a smart home powered by Google. We’ve seen a fair share of Android TV boxes from a variety of manufacturers, including the Nvidia Shield. For the most part, they offered the same features in slightly-different packages. But when Google announced the JBL Link Bar, we witnessed a different product entirely. Sadly, pre-orders for the Android soundbar have now been hit with delays.

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JBL Link Bar orders delayed, likely won't ship this year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant for TV learns more languages

Monday, October 1st, 2018

AI is not limited to simply phones and speakers anymore as TV manufacturers continue to add extra capabilities to their flatscreens. Smart TVs are essentially mini computers running operating systems such as Tizen, webOS, and of course Android TV. Google has made it possible for manufacturers to integrate Google Assistant into their products even if they don’t use Android TV, something LG has been doing this year. Until recently, the AI was limited to English, but this is beginning to change.

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Google Assistant for TV learns more languages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Channel Master Stream+ Android TV DVR review: So much wasted potential

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Some people are cord cutters — fed up with cable bills that seem to rise every month, hardware rental fees, and the unshakable sense that they aren't getting a ton of value for their entertainment buck. The just-under $150 Channel Master Stream+ and its ability to both stream online content and record free over-the-air broadcasts promises to keep them happy in a cable-free world. Does it deliver?

While I can't truly count myself among cord cutters, since I never subscribed to cable as an adult in the first place, I'm very much of the mindset that there are a ton of alternative video sources out there, and between online streaming and OTA broadcasts, I'm a happy camper. I've been using OTA DVRs for well over a decade now, but with existing options starting to feel a little stagnant, my attention was piqued when Channel Master announced its Stream+ Android TV-based DVR back at the start of the year.

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Channel Master Stream+ Android TV DVR review: So much wasted potential was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Channel Master Stream+ Android TV DVR review: So much wasted potential

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Some people are cord cutters — fed up with cable bills that seem to rise every month, hardware rental fees, and the unshakable sense that they aren't getting a ton of value for their entertainment buck. The just-under $150 Channel Master Stream+ and its ability to both stream online content and record free over-the-air broadcasts promises to keep them happy in a cable-free world. Does it deliver?

While I can't truly count myself among cord cutters, since I never subscribed to cable as an adult in the first place, I'm very much of the mindset that there are a ton of alternative video sources out there, and between online streaming and OTA broadcasts, I'm a happy camper. I've been using OTA DVRs for well over a decade now, but with existing options starting to feel a little stagnant, my attention was piqued when Channel Master announced its Stream+ Android TV-based DVR back at the start of the year.

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Channel Master Stream+ Android TV DVR review: So much wasted potential was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Do you need to catch up on episodes of Project Runway, or do you feel like bingeing American Pickers for a few hours? If so, you're in luck. A&E Networks has just published four new Android TV apps, each for one of its channels - Lifetime, FYI, The History Channel, and A&E.

All four applications have an identical interface, with a selection of clips and full episodes from popular shows.

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Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nvidia Shield TV Software Experience 7.1 adds in-game voice chat support, several GeForce Now improvements, and more

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Nvidia's Shield TV is perhaps one of the best supported devices in recent memory. The original unit from 2015 and its refreshed sibling from 2017 are both getting another software update, starting today. Shield TV Software Experience 7.1 has an impressive changelog, full of new stuff and improvements.

Here's a quick rundown of what Nvidia says is included with Software Experience 7.1:

  • In-game voice chat support – for communicating in top GeForce NOW games like Fortnite – with headsets connected to the 3.5mm headset jack on SHIELD controllers
  • Improved keyboard and mouse support in GeForce NOW
  • Smoother, more accurate mouse movements
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Keyboard and Mouse games row
  • More day-and-date releases including Monster Hunter World and F1 2018
  • The upcoming release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • NVIDIA SHIELD TV companion app with a virtual keyboard and mouse that makes entering user names, email addresses and password simple
  • The triumphant return of NVIDIA Share features (Broadcast to Twitch, recording and screenshots)
  • 120Hz modes for supported TVs and monitors
  • Quick settings for power off, restart and sleep

Nvidia Share is returning!

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Nvidia Shield TV Software Experience 7.1 adds in-game voice chat support, several GeForce Now improvements, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Google Nexus Player falls to $33 on eBay

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

The Nexus Player is quite old at this point — after all, it has "Nexus" in its name — but it still has its fans. That's in spite of a sleeping bug from late last year, no more OS or security updates, and most recently and worryingly, a large batch randomly dying. But the units being offered today for $33 on eBay are brand-new, so we suspect that won't be happening anytime soon.

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[Deal Alert] Google Nexus Player falls to $33 on eBay was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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