These days, more of our TVs are getting “smarter”. However, the problem is that everyone seems to want to use their own proprietary software, which each TV makers has included their own software. This has resulted in a bit of fragmentation where some TV software is better and more feature-rich than others.
Hulu has confirmed that it’s adding Android TV to the list of supported platforms for its Hulu with Live TV bundle. This means that those who own Android TV-powered devices will be able to access the streaming service’s TV plan through the app. The plan bundles Hulu’s content library with live programming from more than 60 channels.
The long-running standoff between Google and Amazon has finally ended as both companies announced a compromise this morning. As part of the compromise, YouTube will once again be available on Amazon’s Fire TV devices whereas the Amazon Prime Video app will receive Chromecast support and will also be more widely available on Android TV>
There’s a major Android TV update rolling out today for recent Sony smart TVs. The company may have a good track record with rolling out updates for its smartphones but it doesn’t show quite the same haste for its smart TVs. So even though Android 9 Pie is now being rolled out, Sony has just got around to releasing Android Oreo for its TVs.
When you think of smart TVs with a 4K resolution, you might be concerned that it could be expensive. To a certain extent that is true of certain brands and models, but if you have a relatively small budget, then you might be interested to learn that Philips has actually launched a pretty affordable smart TV.
#CES2019 – Despite not physically being at CES 2019, Apple seems to have a pretty big presence at the event. This is because several major TV manufacturers have recently announced support for some of Apple’s platforms and services, such as Samsung who announced that their smart TVs would support iTunes Movies and TV Shows and AirPlay 2.
Google’s Android operating system has found massive success in the mobile industry, which is why it wasn’t surprising that Google had attempted to bring its Android platform and branding to other areas, such as wearables (known as Android Wear before it was rebranded to Wear OS), cars (Android Auto), and even smart TVs with Android TV.
Amazon and Google haven’t always played nicely with each other. We have seen them remove each other’s products from their stores and have developed their own rivals to their competitor’s products. However, with Android TV gradually raising its profile in the home entertainment segment, Amazon now wants its foot in the door. So it has decided to develop an official Amazon Music app for Android TV.
AT&T is getting into the Android TV-powered box game as well through DirecTV. The company has reportedly started shipping test units of the DirecTV Android TV box with a reskinned launcher. That’s a major reason why the user interface appears to be quite different than what we’re used to seeing on Android TV boxes.
Earlier this year JBL unveiled the Link Bar. This is a soundbar that also doubles as an Android TV and also comes with Google Assistant, meaning that it is essentially an all-in-one system that will not only enhance the sound from your existing TV, but gives it smart TV features, and also has a digital assistant that you can control with your voice.
Several months ago during Google I/O, JBL unveiled a new soundbar in the form of the JBL Link Bar. Now soundbars are pretty good solutions for those who want a set of speakers that won’t take up too much space, at least compared to regular home theater systems, which is what the JBL Link Bar offered and then some.
Xiaomi has now started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its set-top box. The company had actually released the update for the Mi Box early last month but at that time it was only seeded to a select few devices. Xiaomi is now rolling out the Mi Box Android Oreo update to all users across the globe.
Google today revealed that it has teamed up with JBL to develop a new hybrid soundbar that’s going to double as an Android TV-powered set-top box as well. It’s called the JBL Link Bar and it’s going to be an audio hub for the living room. Not only will it be the kind of soundbar that one would expect get from a company like JBL, it will also run Android […]
Google is a company with many products and services under its umbrella, with some products being focused on more than others. An example would be Android, in which unsurprisingly Google is giving it a lot of attention given how we are so reliant on our mobile phones these days, and also how Android is the most dominant smartphone OS.