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Walmart Onn Android TV streaming device almost ready for launch

Walmart Onn Android TV streaming device almost ready for launch

In its efforts to compete with Amazon, Walmart has started investing in its own mobile and entertainment hardware. Unlike Amazon's Fire devices, however, Walmart's Onn brand has stayed directly under Google's blessed Android ecosystems, which means access to Google Play Store and services. That was true for tablets and now it seems it will be true for Walmart's first streaming device. That might not be the HDMI stick we've seen before but will instead be an Onn Android TV box.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 pairs Android TV with super-simple setup

Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 pairs Android TV with super-simple setup

Xiaomi's Mi 11 Ultra flagship Android phone isn't the only Google-powered product the company has today, with a new Mi Smart Projector 2 Pro combining reasonably portable projection with the Google Assistant. The nondescript gray and white box looks more like an oversized smart speaker than a traditional projector, and indeed that's because it's one of those too.

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Walmart Onn to get its own Android TV stick

Walmart Onn to get its own Android TV stick

Walmart has long been competing with Amazon in almost all the latter's retail endeavors. A few years back, it launched its new Onn brand with Android tablets to take on Amazon's Android-based Fire slates but has since then expanded to other products and devices revolving around the modern digital lifestyle. It is no surprise, then, that the grocer giant is also jumping into the HDMI TV dongle market with its own Onn-branded stick recently sighted at the FCC.

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Google TV app to include deprecated Android TV Remote app

Google TV app to include deprecated Android TV Remote app

Just like with its messaging platforms, Google hasn't exactly been consistent about its digital media ecosystems. Google News was once Google Play Newsstand which was once Google Play Magazines and Google Currents combined. Google Play Music was supplanted by YouTube Music and now the Google Play Movies & TV app has been renamed Google TV, which is different from the Google TV "skin" based on Android TV. To be fair, Google does try to consolidate things, like retiring an obsolete Android TV remote control app and shoving it into the new Google TV app.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV SmartThings Link will become unusable in July

NVIDIA SHIELD TV SmartThings Link will become unusable in July

A smart home hub is only as useful as the number of languages it can speak. Given the number of disparate smart home platforms available today, it pays to either understand all those or at least have the ability to learn to communicate with other smart home products. That was practically what the SmartThings Link USB dongle did for the NVIDIA SHIELD TV but that dongle itself will lose its ability to speak the SmartThings language when Samsung upgrades its ecosystem in June.

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Google TV has a “Basic TV” mode for when you just want the bare minimum

Google TV has a “Basic TV” mode for when you just want the bare minimum

Google TV may be Android's big push to dominate the living room, but it looks like Google is finally set to acknowledge that not everybody wants more than the bare minimum from their smart TV. A new "Basic TV" option to be added to Google TV will offer a more straightforward approach to old-school television features, rather than pushing things like apps and the Google Assistant.

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Amazon Music app for Google TV and Android TV OS released

Amazon Music app for Google TV and Android TV OS released

The Amazon Music app is now available on Google TV and Android TV OS, bringing easier access to the streaming music service from TVs, consoles, and set-top boxes. It joins the exiting Amazon Music apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Fire tablets and the web-based player.

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Google TV kid profiles are coming without multi-user support

Google TV kid profiles are coming without multi-user support

Google TV is now a rather confusing name given it could refer to one of two things. It could, for example, refer to the new name for the Play Movies & TV app or it could be the new Google-specific interface for Android TV, specifically on the new Chromecast with Google TV. Despite its shared roots with Android, however, there are some things that are missing from the new Google TV that have some parents worried. Fortunately, Google will be pushing an update that partially addresses that, at least as far as parental controls are concerned.

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Android TV update basically turns it all to Google TV

Android TV update basically turns it all to Google TV

The latest update to Android TV basically turns this software into a near-clone of Google TV. The basic differences won't make a massive impact on your life if you're already using an Android TV device - but this latest update will make the transition from one to the other all the easier.

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TCL older Android TVs to get Android 11 update only

TCL older Android TVs to get Android 11 update only

TVs have traditionally been seen and treated more like fixed and static appliances in our homes, never changing from the day they were bought until they finally die completely. Smart TVs, however, have changed that and added an element of flexibility and longevity beyond what the devices initially offered when purchased. That said, these smart TVs also started exhibiting the problems that smartphones, leaving users to wonder when or even if their TVs will get major software updates and until when.

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NVIDIA SHIELD update adds PS5/Xbox Series X controller support

NVIDIA SHIELD update adds PS5/Xbox Series X controller support

An update to all NVIDIA SHIELD TV devices this week made available a connection to next-gen gaming console controllers. This is not the ONLY feature the update adds, but it is by far the most significant. With this update, users will be able to connect an Xbox Series X/S wireless controller and/or PlayStation 5 Dual Sense controller to NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV for top-notch gaming hardware control in full effect.

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Apple TV makes Chromecast with Google TV one of an elite few

Apple TV makes Chromecast with Google TV one of an elite few

The device called "Chromecast with Google TV" is now one of an elite few devices in the world to have access to all major video subscription services. Of course, that'll only really interest you if you're subscribed to or plan on being subscribed to all the major streaming video subscription services - but still! Imagine having a single dongle dangling from the back of your TV with the ability to access all the services!

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