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Google TV for Android gets more Chromecast-style features

Google TV for Android gets more Chromecast-style features

Google TV for Android is getting a new look, with improvements to the UI along with the recommendation system. The update - which is rolling out in the US this week - adds new 16:9 widescreen movie and show posters, along with Rotten Tomatoes scores.

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Android TV and Google TV autoplaying ads are irking users

Android TV and Google TV autoplaying ads are irking users

Ads have unfortunately become an inescapable part of digital life, but, thankfully, there has been some pushback on the aggressive and invasive nature of ads. Given the nature of its business, it's no surprise that Google has become the poster child for often questionable advertising strategies. That came under the spotlight again this week when Google not only put video ads on the home screens of its Android TV and Google TV platforms but also made those ads automatically play with audio and no way to turn them off.

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Chromecast with Google TV owners see Stadia Controller code in email

Chromecast with Google TV owners see Stadia Controller code in email

Chromecast with Google TV is one of a set of devices that can now use Google Stadia for cloud gaming. Today is the day that Google TV device gain access to Google Stadia, the company's cloud gaming app and subscription service. To make gaining access to and using Google Stadia as simple a process as possible for Google TV users, Google sent out emails to Chromecast with Google TV users with a price cut on the official Google Stadia Controller.

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Stadia gets sporty as game streaming expands to Android TV

Stadia gets sporty as game streaming expands to Android TV

There has been several new computer hardware announced lately, some of them geared towards gaming. Of course, one doesn't always need the most powerful and most expensive hardware, especially with the budding game streaming market now available to many gamers. Of course, each comes with its limitations, especially in the titles available and compatible devices. This week, Stadia is expanding both lists with some sports-centric titles as it paves the way for its Android TV debut.

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Google Fiber TV upgrade brings Google Wifi and Chromecast with Google TV

Google Fiber TV upgrade brings Google Wifi and Chromecast with Google TV

It has been almost a decade since Google launched its Fiber TV service and far longer since it debuted its Google Fiber Internet. Just as it has been shedding old services, features, and devices for the latter, Google is now moving to "upgrade" its Fiber TV experience. That upgrade, however, won't come without some disruption, but, as always, Google is pushing it as something good. In exchange for the old Fiber TV box and expensive fee, you'll get a free Google Wifi, a free Chromecast with Google TV, and the choice to pay for services on your own.

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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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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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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 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 kids profiles will make controlling safer screen time easier

Google TV kids profiles will make controlling safer screen time easier

Google TV is adding kids profiles, allowing younger viewers to more safely navigate child-friendly content, without messing up your own recommendations in the process. The new feature - which will be available on the latest Chromecast with Google TV first - isn't just a secondary profile to keep kids shows away from your algorithms, but a new set of parental controls, too.

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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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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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