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Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Ever have a few of them HDMI PC sticks or mini/pico PC boxes lying around and can't think of something new to do with them? Well now you have one more. Geek Till it Hertz, the very same that brought Android TV to the new Raspberry Pi, has now done the same for x86 machines. That practically means that you can now install, unofficially of course, Android TV on any Intel or AMD PC to transform them into specialized multimedia computers, for fun or hacking.

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Android TV gets an unofficial Raspberry Pi 3 port

Android TV gets an unofficial Raspberry Pi 3 port

Just two weeks ago, we saw signs of official Android support for the Raspberry Pi 3, which would put the little single-board computer (SBC) almost on par with the likes of the Nexus devices. However, some more enterprising Android fans aren't content just to sit down and wait for the announcement to drop. One such user is ric96, a.k.a. "Geek Till it Hertz", who specializes in all types of fun and insane things to do with the Raspberry Pi. And it can't get more fun or more insane than installing Android TV on the RPi 3 and then loading all sorts of emulators, which is exactly what ETA PRIME did.

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Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

This week the folks at Google have ended their tenure with the first "Nexus" Android TV product, Nexus Player. They've taken the device down from the Google Store online and retailers - retailers we've seen, anyway - haven't had the device available for quite some time. Now comes the age of the 3rd-party manufactured Android TV products. Wait, you might be saying. Wait - didn't NVIDIA already make an Android TV device? Yes. Yes they did. They made the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, a device that eclipsed any efforts any other manufacturer had or had planned on in the past year.

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This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

Android TV hasn't quite managed to clamber aboard the hype-train yet, but if any company can light a fanboy fire for the set-top box platform, it's Xiaomi. The Chinese firm - and outspoken VP Hugo Barra - brought the Xiaomi Mi Box along to Google I/O this week for its first public outing, complete with 4K Ultra HD resolution and a pair of very different controllers.

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SHIELD Android TV updates with exclusive Netflix HDR, YouTube 4K60

SHIELD Android TV updates with exclusive Netflix HDR, YouTube 4K60

Today NVIDIA has announced a collection of new apps for the SHIELD Android TV like VUDU and updates to apps enabling 4K60 content on YouTube and HDR on Netflix. Exclusive content for NVIDIA SHIELD includes GameStream HDR as well - this being a newly bright and colorful version of GameStream for this device enabled by the newest graphics processors shown by NVIDIA just this past week. A set of new games is coming to the console as well.

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Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV, 4K and HDR will launch in US

Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV, 4K and HDR will launch in US

Xiaomi is working with Google to launch its Mi Box in the United States, the company has announced, and it’ll be powered by Android TV when it does. The Mi Box is a 4K set-top box that that’ll give cord-cutters and others alike another option to easily stream content on their television. As well, Google made it known at its keynote today that Xiaomi will be one of the first Android partners it works with to make Daydream-ready (VR) devices.

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Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

This morning former Google head and current Global VP for Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, announced that these two companies would come together this week. He suggested that he was "beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be part of Google I/O." Barra went on to show the picture you see later in this article (in gray and orange), along with a note "a sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at #io16." A company like Xiaomi could potentially, and very realistically, be bringing just about anything - but they'll probably be bringing an Android TV box.

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NVIDIA SHIELD multiplayer game Ultimate Chicken Horse Review : Killer Cute

NVIDIA SHIELD multiplayer game Ultimate Chicken Horse Review : Killer Cute

What we've experienced today is the DIY-base living room gaming equivalent of Exploding Kittens. While EK is a card game as well as an awesome mobile game, the game Ultimate Chicken Horse is a bit of a race. You choose from 1 of 4 animals, choose a level, and go to work getting from point A to point B. But it's not that simple. Only - at the same time - it really IS that simple.

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Google releases an Android TV app … for iOS

Google releases an Android TV app … for iOS

You know what they say about TVs and strange bedfellows. No? Well, apparently Google didn't know about it either. Which is probably why it both expectedly and surprisingly released an iOS app that lets iPhone and iPad owners control an Android TV with a non-Android mobile device. Not that it's a bad thing, mind you. Because while it is extremely hard to pry iOS users away from their iPhone or iPad, an Apple TV may not hold the same sway. Now Android TV has a chance to get into that living room as well.

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Razer Turret keyboard, mouse is finally ready for your lap

Razer Turret keyboard, mouse is finally ready for your lap

Back in CES 2015, Razer revealed a few gaming products geared for the living room, in contrast to its usual aim for desktops and laptops. Fast forward to 2016, only the Forge TV Android TV console and its matching Serval controller actually made it to the market. Today, that changes, with Razer finally and belatedly launching the Turret keyboard and mouse combo. Or rather, gaming mouse and "lapboard", as the latter is specifically designed to be used on your lap while gaming on your couch.

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Paraplegic gamer gets to skydive, courtesy of NVIDIA SHIELD

Paraplegic gamer gets to skydive, courtesy of NVIDIA SHIELD

As part of its marketing campaign for its SHIELD Android TV console, NVIDIA partnered with Loot Crate to send out a special "Mega Crate" to some lucky random Loot Crate subscriber. That crate naturally contained a host of NVIDIA goodies, like a SHIELD console, a year's subscription to GeForce Now game streaming, Netflix, and, wait for it, a skydiving experience. Georgia resident Tim Schultz happened to be that lucky subscriber, but his luck seemed to be even greater than hoped for. Little did NVIDIA know (or maybe it did) that Tim is a paraplegic.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets Marshmallow, Vulkan update

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets Marshmallow, Vulkan update

NVIDIA may have stepped back from the mass consumer Android market, but it has remained a key figure in pushing Android gaming forward. This latest update to the Android TV SHIELD console, is one proof of that. The update brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the device, which is enough cause for celebration. But for gamers and developers alike, it is the arrival of Vulkan drivers that show NVIDIA's commitment, making the SHIELD the first Android consumer device to have support for the new API (the Galaxy S7 won't be shipping until March 11).

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