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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV GeForce NOW gets personal PC game streaming

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV GeForce NOW gets personal PC game streaming

The Android TV-based smart television device NVIDIA SHIELD TV will soon have a mighty power. The folks at NVIDIA revealed this week that they'll be releasing GeForce NOW to the public with a new feature: personal game streaming. In the past, the GeForce NOW platform allowed NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device owners to play AAA games streamed from NVIDIA's own servers. Now that restriction is about to be lifted, and games will be stream-friendly from one's own home PC.

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Philips Android TV: almost everyone gets an Oreo cookie

Philips Android TV: almost everyone gets an Oreo cookie

Those complaining about the disappointing state of Android updates for smartphones actually have it easier compared to, say, Android TV. While Google has not abandoned it the way it has tablets, at least not yet, updates are not only slow but also rare even. You don’t hear much about it because there’s not much to talk about. Philips, however, might be changing the game just a bit by bringing the latest Android Oreo update to almost all of its Android TVs dating all the way back to 2014.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Android Oreo rollout isn’t going smoothly

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Android Oreo rollout isn’t going smoothly

Despite, or probably because of, not having Android smartphones, NVIDIA has had an amazing track record when it comes to pushing out updates, both maintenance as well as major features. Last month, it started the process for putting Android 8.0 Oreo on its SHIELD TVs via Experience Upgrade version 7.0. Now it is making that available for all users but not everyone seems to be happy about the quality of its latest update.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV users get Oreo and V7.0 update

NVIDIA SHIELD TV users get Oreo and V7.0 update

An extreme rarity in the world of small devices is NVIDIA's continued attention to their SHIELD Android TV device. Here in May of 2018, NVIDIA's releasing an update to the newest version of Google's Android TV OS, with their SHIELD Experience Version 7.0 right on top. The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV was first released in May of 2015.

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This JBL Link Bar is Google’s first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

This JBL Link Bar is Google’s first Android TV and Assistant hybrid

Google has teamed up with JBL for the first Google Assistant powered soundbar, with the JBL Link Bar effectively baking together its voice AI and an Android TV box. Launched ahead of Google I/O 2018, the new gadget is designed to plug into a TV and bring all of Google's media streaming and voice control technologies in one fell swoop.

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This “Google” 4K Android TV dongle is making us suspicious

This “Google” 4K Android TV dongle is making us suspicious

Sightings of a Google-branded 4K Android TV dongle have reignited speculation that the company will take on the Apple TV and Fire TV again. The horseshoe-shaped gadget was spotted passing through the FCC, complete with a voice-enabled remote control bearing a dedicated Google Assistant button.

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AirTV Player now allows DVR on local OTA broadcast TV

AirTV Player now allows DVR on local OTA broadcast TV

AirTV announced that their device will soon allow Local Channels DVR in their customer beta program. This feature is called Local Channels DVR and it'll be available for free to all AirTV Player users (in Beta form, anyway.) This feature is now one of two similar features, the other being Sling TV's in-app Cloud DVR, which also allows recorded OTA programming and recorded OTT content to be accessed by users at any time.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV 6.3 update released with no Android Oreo

NVIDIA SHIELD TV 6.3 update released with no Android Oreo

NVIDIA has always been considered one of the better Android citizens, pushing out updates quickly and frequently, unlike even the most popular smartphone makers. In one aspect, however, it may have just failed its fans. The company just pushed out its SHIELD Experience 6.3 update to the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TVs and while it has a ton of new features to enjoy, it is still missing one critical update: Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Sony Android TV on Nougat can capture screens for ads

Sony Android TV on Nougat can capture screens for ads

Ads may have become a nuisance on our phones and web browsers, but we can trace their roots back to the annoying commercials on TV. Somewhat ironically, it seems that Sony has found a way to bring that intrusive character full circle back to TVs. Smart TVs this time, though. It seems that an otherwise harmless and much desired update to Android 7.0 Nougat on Sony's Android TVs have brought along what can almost be classified as spyware. And while there is actually a way to disable it, the fact that users have to bend over backwards to do so is a huge knock on Sony's usually commendable reputation among Android users.

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Amazon Prime Video app is now on Android TV with a big catch

Amazon Prime Video app is now on Android TV with a big catch

Google’s and Amazon’s relationship is perhaps best described as “complicated”. Things have recently turned sour when Google, supposedly unprovoked, yanked out YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show. Words were thrown back and forth, conspiracies were drummed up. The two are now supposedly negotiating terms, which includes the availability of the Chromecast on Amazon’s virtual shelves and, now, the arrival of Amazon’s Prime Video app for all Android TV devices. Strangely, however, it seems that it’s not compatible with any Android TV device.

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Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora for Android TV updated with Premium plan support

Pandora has big news for Android TV users: an update that brings Premium subscription support, a better user interface, and more. Pandora Premium is the company's premium subscription service, not to be confused with the cheaper Pandora Plus service. With it and this new update, Android TV users can access what Pandora calls an "intuitive, personalized, and seamless listening" experience.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.2 gives more things to do over the holidays

NVIDIA SHIELD Experience 6.2 gives more things to do over the holidays

It wasn’t too long ago, actually less than a month ago, that NVIDIA rolled out an update to the NVIDIA SHIELD that flipped the switch, turning the gaming console into a smart home command center. With the latest Experience Upgrade 6.2, it’s back to offering even more sources of entertainment and ways to spend/waste your time on this weekend. Plus, it adds even more capabilities to control your home from your couch.

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