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NVIDIA Bringing Plex Media Server to SHIELD Android TV with 3.2 Update in June

During Google I/O 2016, NVIDIA shared some great news about things coming to the SHIELD Android TV, and we covered a good part of it back then. We were also told of more things to come, which gave us something to look forward to. During that time, one of our editors picked up a SHIELD...

Here’s Everything You Missed During Google I/O [Part 2 – Users]

Yesterday was a pretty hectic news day for the Android tech world. With the keynote speech at Google I/O came many major announcements of which you can catch up on by reading both of our recap articles ([1] [2]). Alternatively, if you have 2 hours to spend you can watch the entire keynote speech on YouTube. However, there...

Here’s Everything You Missed During Google I/O [Part 1 – Developers]

Yesterday was a pretty hectic news day for the Android tech world. With the keynote speech at Google I/O came many major announcements of which you can catch up on by reading both of our recap articles ([1] [2]). Alternatively, if you have 2 hours to spend you can watch the entire keynote speech on YouTube. However, there...

I/O 2016: NVIDIA, Google Boost SHIELD Android TV Rule of Living Room

Media Embraces Android TV After the keynote we were treated to news that media giants Viacom, Disney and CNN are all jumping on board the Android TV train. Disney is soon releasing support for the platform to its WatchESPN, Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ABC News and Freeform apps in Google Play. Viacom is also joining in by...

How to Repurpose Android as a DIY ChromeCast

Over the last three days we've been taking an old device that is laying around collecting dust and repurposing it in a useful way. Today we show you how to make your own ChromeCast or Android TV device. This is accomplished using the apps Unwind Launcher and Tablet Remote. Check out this video to learn...

Android TV: Case Study of an Understated yet Meaningful Paradigm Shift for TV

The ill-fated Google TV (a predecessor to Android TV) was released in October 2010 and was supposed to be Google's foray into the television space that was still anyone's game. Launching with partners like Logitech, Sony and Intel and following up with LG, Vizio, and Asus; it was Google’s game to lose. But following a lukewarm reception,...

New Standards: Diving into the 6.0 Compatibility Definition Document

Marshmallow has seen the light of day on most Nexus devices already, but we've yet to see any third-party OEM update their phone to Marshmallow. How exactly will they incorporate Marshmallow's new features into their specific flavors of Android? It's hard to say for sure, but thanks to the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD), we can be...

Android TV Launcher Pushed to Google Play

Over the past decade, the tech universe has seen two drastic and widely contrasting changes with regards to software. Earlier, developers aimed to pack as much variety and functionality as possible into a single piece of software--and while it worked well at first, users quickly found themselves saturated with features and functionality that was seemingly...

Gaming Console with Lollipop? Ouya Gets an Android TV Port

Android is a very flexible platform, and it can be used on a large variety of devices. Definitely one of the most unique devices to ever run Android is Ouya, a gaming console that originally shipped with Jelly Bean 4.1 back in 2013. Since its release, Ouya hasn't become quite the retail hit that its developers...

Sideload Applications to Android TV Thanks to Chainfire

Android TV played quite a major roles at this year's Google I/O's keynote. We didn't have to wait long to see the first Android devices designed specifically to work with TVs. One of the most exciting Android TV devices is the recently launched Google Nexus Player, which was introduced alongside Lollipop and other Nexus devices. Google...

Google to Take Back Platform Control with Android Wear, Auto, and TV–That’s a Good Thing, But Questions Remain

Android OEM customizations like Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense are undoubtedly a love-it-or-hate-it affair. There are certainly users out there who care for the added features that these skins introduce. But on the other side of the coin, there are more than a fair share of users who despise the aesthetic nightmares found in some skins. What's more,...