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TCL’s new smart TVs come with Google TV instead of Roku TV

TCL has launched updated models of its popular 6-series and 5-series 4K TVs. The most notable change in the new series is that all TVs come with Google TV instead of Roku OS, which is what the previous 6-series and 5-series TVs came with. TCL 6-series and 5-series 4K TVs: Specifications Specifications TCL 6-series 4K TCL 5-series 4K Display Size:...

This exploit lets you unlock the bootloader of the Google Chromecast with Google TV

The Google Chromecast with Google TV is one of the best media streaming dongles out there. The little piece of hardware not only unlocks 4K video streaming at 60fps for connected devices, but it also brings support for HDR content, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos audio. The device can even be considered a capable gaming...

Android TV’s Discover tab is getting 3 new features including a watchlist

In February this year, Google rolled out an update for the Android TV interface with a couple of new features. The updated interface resembled the UI on the Google Chromecast with Google TV. It featured three new tabs to give you quick access to your favorite apps and channels, offer personalized recommendations, and present all...

Android 12 for Android TV will finally bring native 4K UI and refresh rate switching

Android 12 Beta 3 launched for Pixel phones earlier today, and with it came a new beta update for Android TV as well. The previous Android TV 12 betas were a bit lackluster, but the latest beta brings some much-awaited features, making Android 12 the most exciting update to the Android TV platform in years....

Walmart Onn Android TV 4K Review: A compelling streaming box for $30

For years, one of the main problems with Android TV was the limited selection of affordable streaming boxes. Google didn't have an answer to the rising popularity of the Fire TV Stick and Roku streaming sticks, and the few sub-$100 Android TV streamers that did exist (like the Mi Box S) suffered from poor performance...

Google is putting autoplaying video ads on the Google TV home screen

Google TV is the new interface that runs on top of Android TV. While it’s currently only available on the new Chromecast and a handful of TVs, it will eventually replace the current Android TV interface. The new interface emphasizes content discovery and recommendations. It has a "For you" tab that highlights trending shows and...

Google Stadia app finally arrives on Android TV devices

Google Stadia launched almost two years ago in November 2018, and while many of the platform's original issues have now been fixed, the lack of proper TV support has remained consistent. Google didn't even have Stadia available at launch on its new Chromecast with Google TV, which was released eight months ago. Thankfully for anyone...

India opens antitrust investigation into Google over its smart TV dominance

After reviewing a case filed by two lawyers against Google's anti-competitive practices in the smart TV segment, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has now ordered an investigation into the matter. While Google has denied any wrongdoing, the antitrust watchdog is "convinced that a case is made out for directing an investigation," based on its...

NVIDIA’s Shield TV is the latest to get Android TV’s new Discover feature

Earlier in February, Google rolled out a new UI refresh for the Android TV homescreen. The revamped homescreen experience looks a lot like what you get on the Chromecast with Google TV, with the main addition being a new Discover tab. This new revamp has slowly been rolling out to compatible Android TVs over the...

Google announces new features for the Chromecast with Google TV and Nest devices

Google has just announced a bunch of new features for Chromecast with Google TV and Nest devices. The first is the Sling TV homescreen integration, which is rolling out starting today to Chromecast with Google TV. Once rolled out, Google TV users will be able to navigate and browse live shows served from Sling straight...

Walmart will officially release its first Android TV devices next week

Walmart sells various tech products under its own "Onn." brand, most of which are cables, adapters, and other accessories. However, the company has also ventured into producing Android tablets, and it has also been working on two Android TV devices. The super-cheap TV dongle and box have now been confirmed to arrive sometime next week. Last...

The Best Android TV Boxes and Sticks: Chromecast with Google TV, Nvidia Shield TV, and more!

Although smart TVs have managed to make their way into many households, there are still a lot of consumers stuck with the non-smart or 'dumb' TVs. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to make these 'dumb' TVs smart. All you have to do is attach an Android TV Box or Android TV Stick...