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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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Amazon Music app for Google TV and Android TV OS released

Amazon Music app for Google TV and Android TV OS released

The Amazon Music app is now available on Google TV and Android TV OS, bringing easier access to the streaming music service from TVs, consoles, and set-top boxes. It joins the exiting Amazon Music apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as Fire tablets and the web-based player.

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Google TV kid profiles are coming without multi-user support

Google TV kid profiles are coming without multi-user support

Google TV is now a rather confusing name given it could refer to one of two things. It could, for example, refer to the new name for the Play Movies & TV app or it could be the new Google-specific interface for Android TV, specifically on the new Chromecast with Google TV. Despite its shared roots with Android, however, there are some things that are missing from the new Google TV that have some parents worried. Fortunately, Google will be pushing an update that partially addresses that, at least as far as parental controls are concerned.

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Android TV update basically turns it all to Google TV

Android TV update basically turns it all to Google TV

The latest update to Android TV basically turns this software into a near-clone of Google TV. The basic differences won't make a massive impact on your life if you're already using an Android TV device - but this latest update will make the transition from one to the other all the easier.

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TCL older Android TVs to get Android 11 update only

TCL older Android TVs to get Android 11 update only

TVs have traditionally been seen and treated more like fixed and static appliances in our homes, never changing from the day they were bought until they finally die completely. Smart TVs, however, have changed that and added an element of flexibility and longevity beyond what the devices initially offered when purchased. That said, these smart TVs also started exhibiting the problems that smartphones, leaving users to wonder when or even if their TVs will get major software updates and until when.

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Apple TV makes Chromecast with Google TV one of an elite few

Apple TV makes Chromecast with Google TV one of an elite few

The device called "Chromecast with Google TV" is now one of an elite few devices in the world to have access to all major video subscription services. Of course, that'll only really interest you if you're subscribed to or plan on being subscribed to all the major streaming video subscription services - but still! Imagine having a single dongle dangling from the back of your TV with the ability to access all the services!

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Google TV Android app is mysteriously blocking Netflix

Google TV Android app is mysteriously blocking Netflix

As with its messaging services and, more recently, music streaming, Google's video entertainment strategy isn't exactly the most consistent. It has flip-flopped on that as well, and its latest attempt is just as confusing. Google TV, which refers to an app as well as an unrelated Android TV skin, tries to consolidate not just Google's own videos and movies but content from other sources as well. Those sources, however, have strangely lost one important member as users report Netflix's practical disappearance from the app.

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This hack gets Xbox Game Pass streaming on Chromecast

This hack gets Xbox Game Pass streaming on Chromecast

Back in September, Microsoft launched Project xCloud game streaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Project xCloud allows players to stream certain Xbox One games to their Android device, giving them a way to play console-quality games on mobile phone with no big downloads needed. It's a nice perk for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, to be sure, and apparently it works on more than just Android phones.

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Google TV won’t get Stadia until early next year

Google TV won’t get Stadia until early next year

Google Stadia won't be working on Google TV until some time in the first half of the year 2021. An announcement from the Stadia team at Google came soon after the big reveal of the first Chromecast with Google TV. This is strange, considering the fact that some Android TV devices have had Stadia support since earlier this summer.

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