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Which phones let me control any TV?

Which phones let me control any TV?

There’s no one phone that’s able to control every single television model in the universe - but there are several out there today that have big potential for chaos. While we don’t recommend going around changing channels on televisions that belong to high-powered businesses that’d rip your head of if you do, we do like the idea of changing the channel at a party if something less-than-pleasing pops up.

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Download and simulate Android TV now

Download and simulate Android TV now

This week Google has activated the SDK (Software Development Kit) for Android TV for developers. While you’ll likely be a developer wanting to activate this build, anyone can choose to take a peek at Android TV at their leisure, developer or not.

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Android TV coming to Google I/O, for real this time

Android TV coming to Google I/O, for real this time

Gaming is suggested to be the center of attention this year at Google’s presentation of Android TV. Where in past years, Google TV kept Android’s focus - since 2010, as it were - this year it’s tipped from within that Android TV will finally appear in full. With a user interface codenamed "Pano", this UI will take Google to your big screen - again.

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Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Google’s Chromecast device caused quite a stir when it was first released, turning the television into a "show me anything" display overnight. With a $35 price tag and integration open to any developer wishing to integrate, this little device is in thousands of homes across the world. Today the team at Aereo have made clear their intent to leverage that group of users.

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Chromecast support hits Rhapsody and Napster

Chromecast support hits Rhapsody and Napster

Starting today, the Android versions of the apps Rhapsody and Napster will be available for Chromecasting. This means that the apps themselves are able to attach to the Google-made dongle device for your television and "Cast" their content. Once you’ve sent the signal, your television will show the music track of your choice, and you’ll be free to continue doing what you wish on your smartphone or tablet.

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Amazon TV dongle tipped by Plex app drop

Amazon TV dongle tipped by Plex app drop

This morning not a few minutes before Amazon begins their latest keynote speech, it’s become apparent that Plex is joining in on the fun early. In a price-drop for the popular media server for Android, this app has been made more readily available on the Amazon app store.

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Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Despite having been around for a while now, Google TV has never taken off in a big way, and some speculated that Chromecast would serve to replace it. Google's Sundar Pichai put such concerns to rest in July, however, saying that Google TV would live on as a "full-fledged Android for TV." While the company's intentions with its television platform haven't changed, word has surfaced that the Internet giant has dropped the Google TV brand, replacing it with a rebranding of "Android TV."

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Aereo online DVR TV hits Android

Aereo online DVR TV hits Android

The extent to which Aereo brings the live television and DVR universe to the public this week has extended to reach Android. Android devices are now part of the family of machines able to partake in the Aereo subscription model, allowing users to work with internet, using TV signals broadcast over the air and seen by users in their home or around town. The Android app that allows this all to happen will be available from the Google Play app store starting on the 22nd of October - at that time a public beta will be released for Android phones and tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher.

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