Android TV Overview Updated February 6, 2020

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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 February 6

OnePlus TV update adds Spotify integration, option to disable Dolby motion smoothing

The latest OnePlus TV update is bringing with it a ton of fixes and tweaks for the Android TV-integrated set, including the ability to disable Dolby motion smoothing and Wi-Fi hotspot sharing directly to your TV using your OnePlus smartphone.

Android TV Stories February 4

Nvidia’s game-streaming service GeForce Now launches today on multiple platforms, but by the year’s end, it will be available on Chromebooks and more Android TV devices, too.

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Android TV Stories February 2

Super Bowl LIV takes place later today, Sunday, February 2. This year’s game sees the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami. Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LIV live at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on Android, Chromecast, and other platforms.

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Android TV Stories January 30

Last December, Google brought Android 10 to Android TV and announced a “developer-focused streaming media device” for app testing. ADT-3 with Android TV is now available to buy from an OEM partner.

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Android TV Stories January 27

Nvidia’s Shield TV is the most popular option for Android TV and, overall, one of the best pieces of streaming hardware available. Now that the hugely-improved remote for the new Shield has gone up for sale, an update is rolling out to older Shield TV models with support for the new remote as well as the Xbox Elite 2 controller.

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Nvidia launched its new Shield TV devices earlier today and one of their best new features is the updated remote. In very good news, Nvidia is going to make that new remote available to older Shield TV models in the future.

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