Android TV Overview Updated December 5, 2019

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Android TV is a version of the Android platform which has been modified by Google to run on televisions with native applications. The platform was first launched at Google I/O 2014 and has since been updated several times, receiving a complete redesign in 2017.

Google has also built its Chromecast platform into Android TV, helping to bring more apps to the platform. As of 2019, though, over 5,000 apps have been brought to the platform with more arriving on a regular basis. Big names such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and many others all have native applications. Most recently, Amazon Prime Video joined the ranks with wider availability of its app.

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The Android TV homescreen running on a JBL Link Bar

Google Assistant is also integrated into Android TV with visual responses, tie-ins with certain apps, and control over playback. Some devices such as the JBL Link Bar even support Assistant as a traditional speaker or with always listening options on devices such as the Nvidia Shield TV.

On the consumer level, this platform can often be found in set-top boxes and built into full-size TVs. Popular set-top boxes include the Nvidia Shield TV and Xiaomi Mi Box S, while major TV makers such as Sony and Hisense often release models using it. These devices differ wildly in price and quality, but the software experience is largely the same on all of them.


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Google Assistant integration on Android TV

Another major source of growth for Android TV is the platform’s Operator Tier. While this won’t be found on the majority of consumer devices, Pay TV operators such as TiVo, AT&T, and others have used this option to create customized experiences for their customers, further extending the reach of the platform.

You can learn about the latest from Google’s platform in our continued coverage below.

Android TV Stories Today

Nokia-branded Android TV arrives in India this week w/ 4K, Pie, JBL audio, more

Nokia is far from the first name you think of for a television, but later this week the company’s brand is arriving on a 4K TV in India along with Google’s Android TV.

Android TV Stories December 4

Sony is perhaps the biggest name currently using Google’s Android TV platform in consumer products, and this week it’s rolling out a big update. Several of Sony’s 2018 and 2019 Bravia TVs are getting updates with Pie, AirPlay 2, and more.

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Android TV Stories December 2

[Update: OTA pulled] OnePlus TV update brings Netflix along w/ further fixes

The OnePlus TV is now receiving an update that will bring Netflix support among a host of other fixes for the India-only smart TV.

Android TV Stories November 27

Smart TVs are just about everywhere at this point and slowly but surely, Google’s Android TV is also breaking into that market. Hisense has been putting out Android TV models for a little while now and for the past few weeks, I’ve been using the Hisense H9F – here’s what you need to know.

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Android TV Stories November 26

Disney+ just launched earlier this month with tons of great content, but the platform has been missing a basic feature since launch day. Unlike Netflix, Hulu, and basically all of its competitors, Disney+ had no “Continue Watching” section. Now, that’s being added.

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Android TV Stories November 21

Latest Nvidia Shield TV hotfix update fixes Disney+ and other issues

Since their launch, the new Nvidia Shield TV models have dealt with a couple of hiccups. Today, another hotfix update is available for the Shield TV that fixes Disney+ as well as other audio issues.

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