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Google Stadia 2.13 update reveals future features: Touch controls, Android TV

Google Stadia 2.13 update reveals future features: Touch controls, Android TV

The latest version of the Google cloud streaming game platform Stadia had a few bits of code that'll soon lead to greatness. In the mix were two major feature upgrades in the form of touchscreen controls and more support for Android TV. Or any support, that is to say, since at the moment there's... very little.

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NVIDIA SHIELD makes quarantine bearable in 2020

NVIDIA SHIELD makes quarantine bearable in 2020

I don't have a smart TV, but I have an NVIDIA SHIELD. This little piece of hardware was released in October of 2019 as the most compact version of the NVIDIA SHIELD device line yet produced. It's more than an alternative to products like Amazon Fire TV Stick/Cube, or Apple TV. It's a doorway to the world's best streaming content, complete with a feature that makes old content look better than it's ever looked before.

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65″ is a 4K smart TV worth getting jealous over

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65″ is a 4K smart TV worth getting jealous over

Xiaomi's new Mi 10 series of smartphones may have made a splash today with their unexpectedly affordable 5G, but the company also had a much bigger screen to show off. The Xiaomi Mi TV 4S 65" is the latest expansion in the Chinese manufacturer's scheme to take over the smart home, complete with Android and some slick specs.

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Amazon smart TVs don’t exist because of alleged Android TV contract

Amazon smart TVs don’t exist because of alleged Android TV contract

It may not be as ubiquitous as its smartphone original, especially in a volatile TV market, but Android TV admittedly has the lion's share of the smart TV market. That's not exactly surprising given the different forms Google's platform takes, from dongles to actual hulking TVs. It isn't the only option in the market, of course, but one long-time rival is curiously absent from the TV segment. Amazon's Fire TV has been unable to outgrow its dongle and set-top box forms and sources say it's because of Google's questionable tactics.

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Full Android TV Chromecast dongle may finally threaten Amazon Fire TV stick

Full Android TV Chromecast dongle may finally threaten Amazon Fire TV stick

A rumor today suggests that Google may finally have an answer for the Amazon Fire TV Stick and other dongle-like smart TV platforms. This device would be a follow-up to the Google Chromecast Ultra, a relatively small device that plugs into an HDMI port at the back of a television and requires its own power source - generally provided by a power cord also included in the box. That device does not run Android TV - this new device might.

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March Madness Live app’s best feature is no longer limited to Apple TV

March Madness Live app’s best feature is no longer limited to Apple TV

The NCAA has announced that its March Madness app, which enables basketball fans to watch their favorite games over the Internet, has released one of its best features for the Fire TV and Android TV platforms. With this new feature, fans can watch two different games at the same time, something that was previously limited to only the Apple TV version of the streaming app.

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Google’s ADT-3 Android TV dev kit released for $80: Why to avoid it

Google’s ADT-3 Android TV dev kit released for $80: Why to avoid it

Today we're looking at the first version of the ADT-3 Developer Kit, an Android TV streaming media player device made with plans from Google by Askey, an ASUS subsidiary. This is not a device that's aimed at consumers - but you'll find consumers buying it anyway. Here's why you should avoid this device - and get something else instead.

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Sony TV 2020 lineup: from 85-in Z8H 8K LED to smallest 4K OLED ever

Sony TV 2020 lineup: from 85-in Z8H 8K LED to smallest 4K OLED ever

Sony revealed a whole bunch of new 4K and 8K television sets today at CES 2020, and we've got a list of the lot of them. There's a X900H 4K LED collection, X950H 4K LED collection, A8H OLED TV collection, and a single MASTER Series A9S 48-inch OLED TV. At the highest end, they've got the Z8H in 85-inch and 75-inch class categories - that's 8K LED TV in full effect.

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DISH’s AirTV 2 now comes in a more discreet black box

DISH’s AirTV 2 now comes in a more discreet black box

Set-top boxes that blend over-the-air TV and the Internet are no longer novelties these days. Even service providers are somewhat ironically selling their own "cord-cutting" boxes, with attached subscriptions, of course. In 2017, DISH launched its first Android-powered AirTV Wi-Fi tuner with a rather odd aesthetic for a TV box. With the AirTV 2, it is correcting that error and puts all the upgraded hardware in a sleek and slim black box.

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Google ADT-3 device revealed with Android 10 for Android TV

Google ADT-3 device revealed with Android 10 for Android TV

Today Google revealed Android 10 on Android TV, a system that'll bring Android TV up to speed with the rest of the Android universe. This update will bring Android API level 29, which in turn will bring on what Google described as "recent performance and security updates made with Android 10." Oh, they've got a brand new Android TV device too, called ADT-3 (don't call it a Nexus!)

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Nokia Smart TV made by Flipkart joins OnePlus TV as an India-exclusive

Nokia Smart TV made by Flipkart joins OnePlus TV as an India-exclusive

You don't often hear about Android TV these days, except when news of new devices come up. Usually, the big manufacturers simply list it as a yet another bullet point in their feature lists. For companies still new to the smart TV market, however, that could very well be one of the most important aspects of the product. Last September, OnePlus dipped its toes in that market by launching the Android TV-based OnePlus TV in India. Now it is being joined by the Nokia Smart TV which, just like Nokia phones, isn't made by Nokia at all.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD Remote coming in 2020 but old model already gone

New NVIDIA SHIELD Remote coming in 2020 but old model already gone

It isn't uncommon for companies, especially those with fewer resources to devote to multiple generations of products, to discontinue an old model once a new one becomes available. The common practice, however, is to make sure that the new one is really available to consumers before yanking the old one out of the picture. Whether by mistake or by design, that isn't the case of NVIDIA's new SHIELD Remote and anyone who needs to buy one will have to wait for the new Remote to start shipping in about two months' time.

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