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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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Sony launches new 4K HDR UHD TVs with Android TV inside

Sony launches new 4K HDR UHD TVs with Android TV inside

With MWC 2016 looming over the horizon, most of our eyes are naturally set on smartphones and tablets. But the line that divides devices is steadily thinning with smartphone platforms bleeding into TVs and TV display technologies finding their way into smartphones. It seems totally appropriate, then, that Sony is kicking off the pre-sale period of its latest Android TV powered 4K HDR Ultra HD Smart TVs the week before MWC, promising to deliver superb color quality and the convenience of a mobile platform on a large screen.

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Splash Cars channels Splatoon for Android and iOS

Splash Cars channels Splatoon for Android and iOS

Developer Craneballs releases game Splash Cars for iOS and Android, channeling the Nintendo Wii game Splatoon in the process. This game has its users driving tiny cars and trucks, rolling around maps that are subsequently covered in paint. This game follows the "paint road racer", you, the hero. In your mission you'll not only paint the world red (or blue, or green), you'll summon friendly citizens to help you. You'll be at war with your fellow paint racers - it's up to you to re-create and paint the world in your image.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review for NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review for NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV

Today you're going to be able to play Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on your NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV machine. You, too, can live the glory days of the PlayStation 3 and chopping up your enemies with two-button combinations and ninja running. This game looks pretty gosh-darned good, and not just for a so-called "mobile game", as it's still called. That's just silly - this is a full-fledged release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and you're about to chop it up.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV gets Marshmallow, original Tablet soon

NVIDIA SHIELD TV gets Marshmallow, original Tablet soon

Continuing its tradition of being a good Android citizen, NVIDIA is rolling out the good news about its SHIELD devices and their long awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. After grabbing the title of the first non-Nexus tablet to get Android Marshmallow for its shiny new SHIELD Tablet K1, NVIDIA is announcing the arrival of the update to its first, and so far only, Android TV. But the SHIELD isn't just getting a new Android, it's getting new games and apps as well.

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Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Sony BRAVIA XD93 binds 4K, HDR, Android TV together

Move over 4K TVs, there's a new kid on the block. Well, half a kid really. While the rest of the entertainment and consumer electronics industry is still catching up with 4K resolutions, Sony and pals are already pushing for the next step forward: 4K HDR. Combining high resolution and high dynamic range promises to deliver not just pixel perfect images but color perfect ones too. And Sony's new batch of Android TV powered BRAVIA TVs, led by the XD93, are more than ready to start that revolution.

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OUYA returns inside Razer Forge Android TV

OUYA returns inside Razer Forge Android TV

Earlier this year it became apparent that OUYA was going to crash and burn - until Razer acquired their whole company. Upon acquiring the company, Razer (eventually) made clear that they'd be essentially dumping the hardware, but keeping the games. As such, we sort of suspected there'd be a resurgence of the Razer Forge Android TV device, which has had a bit of an odd past, especially over the past several months. That OUYA game collection is back as Razer Cortex for Android TV.

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Razer Forge TV isn’t dead: OUYA integration incoming

Razer Forge TV isn’t dead: OUYA integration incoming

The Android TV device Razer Forge TV has been getting some work done in the games department - so says Razer. They suggest that their purchase of the gaming system/company Ouya has allowed them to begin "doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room." As such, we'll expect that the current disappearance of available stock in the Google Store of this gaming TV bundle is just temporary. Once it returns to general sale, we'll more than likely see an upgraded collection of games available for the entire Android TV universe, as well.

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Razer Forge TV silently vanishes from Google Store

Razer Forge TV silently vanishes from Google Store

It's not unusual for devices to come and go on Google's fancy new online hardware store but usually they happen when a product is being deprecated in lieu of a successor or is being discontinued altogether. So when Razer's first and so far only venture into a console-like living room gaming system suddenly disappears from Google Store without a word, there is a good measure of speculation happening. Of course, the Razer Forge TV is still available from other sources, but now no longer has Google's official stamp of approval.

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