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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV reboot coming to CES 2017

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV reboot coming to CES 2017

NVIDIA will reveal a new piece of Android TV hardware in their NVIDIA SHIELD line of devices at CES 2017. For the past couple of years NVIDIA's yearly CES-based event has housed primarily automotive-related news - this year that won't (entirely) be the case. This information comes from an anonymous source with information on the subject matter.

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Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play 4K update beats Apple by a mile

Google Play Movies of all sorts have appeared available for purchase and rental for several Android devices today. These 4K versions of top-tier AAA film releases are appearing on the Google Play store right this minute - though not for all Android devices that support 4K. As Google suggests, Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TVs, and Xiaomi's Mi Box 3 will have access right off the bat.

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Twitter’s video app arrives on Android TV with live NFL content

Twitter’s video app arrives on Android TV with live NFL content

Twitter has officially launched its new Twitter for Android TV app, giving Android TV users the ability to access video content streamed on the service. This content includes live NFL games, among other things, and marks yet another video app option for those using Google's television software. The app currently sits at version 1.0 and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store now.

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Google’s big Android TV announcement “leaked” by Xiaomi

Google’s big Android TV announcement “leaked” by Xiaomi

While we've been seeing Google's next piece of hardware in the Android TV market for weeks and months, it's only today - less than a day before Google's big event - that the device has been "leaked." Of course that "leak," as it's being called on Twitter and live blogs aplenty, wasn't actually a leak at all. It was revealed by Xiaomi itself. This Xiaomi Mi Box was shown to the world (again) today by former Google exec and current Global VP of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra.

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Xiaomi Mi Box to be company’s first US Android product

Xiaomi Mi Box to be company’s first US Android product

Xiaomi fans in the US might continue to be disappointed at the company’s slow US march, but next month it might get a step closer. According to sources, Xiaomi’s teased October reveal will feature an Android product, but it’s not the smartphone you are looking for. Instead, it will be all about the Mi Box Android TV set-top box that will allow Xiaomi to compete in the US in a market that’s relatively young and relatively unconquered, ensuring it can leave a stronger mark on consumer’s minds before it takes on the smartphone giants.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD remote may make Android TV more magical

New NVIDIA SHIELD remote may make Android TV more magical

This week an FCC listing for a new NVIDIA SHIELD TV remote - for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV - has appeared with a few new features. Alone, this listing only tells us that this remote will have a newer version of Bluetooth than the device already available. With Bluetooth 4.1, it's possible that the remote's battery will last a lot longer than the previous model. A patent listing from Google suggests that there may be more to this NVIDIA FCC listing than meets the eye.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 gives Android TV some class

Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 14 gives Android TV some class

Bang & Olufsen is a name perhaps more known for its premium, which usually also means expensive, audio equipment. But audio is really just one step removed from video. In fact, B&O did have a line of TVs way back when, with the Avant being the last one we've seen. That is, until now. Fully jumping into the smart TV scene, the BeoVision 14 comes from two distinct B&O TVs, combining the intelligence of the BeoVision 11 and the odd mobility of the BeoVision Avant.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets Plex server, HDR Netflix, 4K VUDU

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV gets Plex server, HDR Netflix, 4K VUDU

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a nifty Android device that is quite perfect for developing graphics intensive apps, like games, thanks to its NVIDIA Tegra X1 chip and the shiny new Vulkan API.But at its heart, it is an entertainment device with a disposition for high quality, high resolution video. That nature is all the more emphasized in the latest firmware 3.2 update that brings, among other things, Plex server, support for 4K videos on VUDU and YouTube, and Netlix in HDR mode.

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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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