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Walmart onn. Android TV devices released in two tiny sizes

Walmart onn. Android TV devices released in two tiny sizes

This week Walmart released their "onn." collection of Android TV devices, for real this time. These devices have appeared in leaks more than once before - now they're out there in the real world, for sale. There's a 4K Streaming Device and an FHD Streaming Stick in the mix, both at Walmart stores across the United States.

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Google Stadia is finally getting Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV support

Google Stadia is finally getting Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV support

Google today delivered some good news for Stadia users, revealing that the service will soon add compatibility with a pretty large number of Android TV devices. This compatibility won't be shipping out until later this month, but when it arrives, it'll first and foremost add Stadia support for the (relatively) new Chromecast with Google TV.

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Walmart onn Android TV stick seems like a bargain, but is it?

Walmart onn Android TV stick seems like a bargain, but is it?

The Walmart Onn Android TV stick leaked today with a price that seems to undercut all rivals. The device is one of two, the other (also with Walmart "onn." branding) costs slightly more and has significantly higher image resolution output. This device appears to herald the release of a collection of similar devices, all with essentially the same remote control design, coming with Android TV software here in 2021.

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Google TV user profiles might finally be arriving soon

Google TV user profiles might finally be arriving soon

Google TV, which launched with the newly redesigned Chromecast, is supposed to offer an upgraded Android TV experience even while being based on Android TV underneath. That said, it ironically lacked some features that Android TV has long had. Google did eventually address one of those when it rolled out Kid Profiles to put parents at ease. Still missing, however, is support for multiple grownup profiles, something that may finally be coming soon to Google TV, or at least hopefully soon.

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Apple TV now on NVIDIA SHIELD with Android TV

Apple TV now on NVIDIA SHIELD with Android TV

Apple TV was launched on NVIDIA SHIELD this week. The Apple TV app is generally only available to Google TV, the next generation in Android TV software. If you have a TV at home with Android TV and not Google TV, you almost certainly did not have the ability to use the Apple TV app and service. Now, NVIDIA announced that their Android TV device NVIDIA SHIELD will have access to said app.

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Anker Nebula may finally make Android TV too cheap to ignore

Anker Nebula may finally make Android TV too cheap to ignore

The year 2021 may finally be the year that Google made their smart TV platform too affordable to avoid. The Google Chromecast with Google TV is already $50 - a highly reasonable price for what it delivers. But Anker is the sort of company that's positioned to deliver just-good-enough products at low-as-possible prices. With the Anker Nebula 4K Streaming Dongle, the company may get that Google TV experience - starting with an Android TV experience - down to a price that can compete with Amazon's Fire TV.

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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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