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SHIELD TV re-branded to battle Apple TV (with price cut too!)

SHIELD TV re-branded to battle Apple TV (with price cut too!)

This week the folks at NVIDIA have done a bit of clever re-branding to make their war with Apple TV more visible. To do this, they're now calling the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV something else - they're calling it just SHIELD TV. NVIDIA is also kicking the price down a bit by switching what's available in the box, aiming for $179 - that's approximately $21 cheaper than the previous least costly edition of this device.

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Nexus Player finally gets its Android 8.0 Oreo update

Nexus Player finally gets its Android 8.0 Oreo update

Remember the Nexus Player? Yes, that pucked-shaped, ASUS-made device that was supposed to showcase the best of Android TV, just like the Nexus phones were supposed to do. It was launched back in 2014 but, surprisingly and unlike Nexus phones of that year, it is still getting major Android updates. In fact, it has now just received Android 8.0 Oreo after a short delay due to a showstopping bug. Now the few Nexus Player owners still hanging around can boast to their Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 contemporaries that they are now enjoying some cookie goodness the Motorola-made phone won’t officially get.

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ARRIS UHD HDR Android TV could be your next cable box

ARRIS UHD HDR Android TV could be your next cable box

Android might be big in the smartphone, and maybe even smartwatch, market, but it has not exactly taken other markets by storm. Despite an almost perfect fit, Android TV is still in a niche that’s growing smaller and smaller. The tides, however, might be changing and Android TV might soon be in every house. Or at least every house with a set-top box from cable, telco, and other operators. All thanks to ARRIS’ new range of UHD HDR set-top boxes with Android TV inside.

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YouTube Kids app for Android TV has finally arrived

YouTube Kids app for Android TV has finally arrived

We found out in April that a YouTube Kids app for Android TV was in the pipeline, and now that app is finally available. The app, of course, gives Android TV owners the ability to watch child-friendly content from the YouTube Kids service, rounding out the Android TV offering to make it a slightly more robust system. Whether the app is better than the new YouTube update everyone is upset about is yet to be seen.

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Android TV’s new UI adds Google Assistant to the big screen

Android TV’s new UI adds Google Assistant to the big screen

Google Assistant's arrival on Android TV has long been heralded by Google itself. But, thanks to some juicy partnership, the first and so far only Android TV device to enjoy that was the new NVIDIA SHIELD. Soon, however, it will be joined by other devices, including the Nexus Player, as Google finally rolls out the feature. It won't be alone, however, as Google will also be giving Android TV a small facelift.

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LeEco won’t acquire VIZIO, 2 TV companies remain 2

LeEco won’t acquire VIZIO, 2 TV companies remain 2

An acquisition of VIZIO by LeEco will no longer be happening this year. merger between LeEco and VIZIO was mentioned as a possibility earlier this year by both companies - that's no longer going to happen. In a message from LeEco today we're to understand that the merger agreement will not be moving forward "due to regulatory headwinds." That could mean a lot of different things - but the result is the same: VIZIO and LeEco will remain separate companies and brands. They'll also be teaming up on a few projects, so to speak.

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Facebook Video app released for Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV

Facebook Video app released for Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV

Facebook Video was announced for release today for several major TV platforms: Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Apple TV. What's missing from that list is Google's Android TV - which is surprising. Especially given the staying power of the Android TV platform and the fact that Amazon Fire TV is so extremely similar at its base. It's also strange given the attention Facebook has paid to Google's video products before - like Facebook's ability to stream from a smartphone to a Chromecast of Android TV device (which has Chromecast ability within).

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New NVIDIA SHIELD Pro now available, 500GB HDD, microSD slot

New NVIDIA SHIELD Pro now available, 500GB HDD, microSD slot

At CES 2017 early in January, NVIDIA made a surprising but still welcome announcement. It had a new SHIELD Android TV, but in many aspects, it’s as good as the old SHIELD Android TV. In fact, in at least one aspect, it may be seen as worse. The new NVIDIA SHIELD, in the process of shaving off some size, also shaved off the microSD card slot. If that feature, however, is of utmost importance to you, then worry no longer. NVIDIA has just announced the immediate availability of the new SHIELD Pro, which is almost exactly like the older SHIELD Pro, microSD card slot and all.

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Original NVIDIA SHIELD gets its game-changing update next week

Original NVIDIA SHIELD gets its game-changing update next week

It must have been an emotional roller coaster for owners of the original NVIDIA SHIELD. At first, it seemed that NVIDIA was rolling out the big Android 7.0 update to the first gen SHIELD, including all the sweat features in the new SHIELD. But just as suddenly, it yanked away that update. The good news is that the update will still come. The bad news, owners will have to wait a bit later, hopefully until next week at the earliest.

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NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SHIELD has suddenly begun to look like a smart home master this week at CES 2017, adding Google Assistant and SmartThings to take the IoT in one swift stroke. For new users, all that's needed is the NVIDIA SHIELD TV device - it includes a standard TV remote and a gaming remote, both of which have microphones to accept voice commands. NVIDIA SPOT also has a microphone as well as a speaker, acting as an extension of the smart home functionality of NVIDIA SHIELD with Google Assistant and SmartThings connectivity.

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Sony BRAVIA X and A series bring 4K HDR, Android TV together

Sony BRAVIA X and A series bring 4K HDR, Android TV together

Android TV, just like Android Wear, isn’t dead yet. At least not if you judge it based on the devices and announcements made at CES 2017. First there was DISH’s AirTV box, powered by Android TV. Then there’s the fresh new NVIDIA SHIELD, also powered by Android TV. Sony is also joining that fray with two new series from its BRAVIA line, the X and the A TVs. Both boast of handling 4K HDR with precision, accuracy,and beauty. Both also offer an augmented TV viewing experience made possible by Android TV.

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Google Assistant coming soon to an Android TV near you

Google Assistant coming soon to an Android TV near you

When Google first revealed its new take on the smart, personal, virtual assistant, we were skeptical about the Google Assistant’s immediate chances, given how limited its availability and reach were. Those fears, however, may have been unfounded, as Google moved quickly to fill in the gaps. Its latest venture? To put Google Assistant on your personal big screen. Yes, Google Assistant is coming to TVs, but only if you have a recent Android TV box or TV. Good thing, then, that there are lots of those to go around at CES 2017.

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