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MHL Consortium Announces SuperMHL Standard With New Cable Design And 8K Video Support

In recent years the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard hasn't been nearly as ubiquitous as it once was - some manufacturers have switched to other hardware solutions like MicroHDMI ports, some have abandoned hardware video output altogether, and plenty of users have moved on to wireless streaming of one sort or another. But the MHL consortium is hoping to reinvigorate the standard with new hardware and new capabilities. Meet SuperMHL: it's over 8000.

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Sony Announces 14 New BRAVIA Televisions Running Android TV At CES 2015

Dedicated technology newshounds have already heard that all of Sony's upcoming BRAVIA televisions will feature Android TV powering their integrated electronics. At CES, the biggest show around in terms of home theater (among other things), they've made good on that promise. Don't believe me? Watch these attractive people over-emote and demonstrate a BRAVIA television's Google Cast feature and ability to play games from the Play Store.

Android TV runs these TVs, including the various inputs and live television, in a manner similar to some Roku-branded HDTVs already on the market.

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Sharp Announces 4K UHD TVs With Android TV Built-In

Google's lone Android TV box is getting some company, but not in the form of a more capable over-the-top box. Sharp has announced three new 4K TV series at CES 2015, and two of them have Android TV built-in. It'll cost you, though.

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$19,000 Can Buy You An Android-Powered 84-Inch Touchscreen 4K Television From Viewsonic, But It Can't Buy KitKat

Hey, you! Insanely rich person with poor impulse control! Don't you wish the irresponsibly gigantic television in your palatial living room had a touchscreen, so you could walk half an acre across your designer carpet to play 2048? Well now you can, as long as you're willing to throw a few monetary scraps to Viewsonic. The CDE8451-TL is an 84" 4K TV with a touchscreen and Android. For $18,999. For some reason.

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Xiaomi Announces Affordable Android-Powered 49" 4K Smart TV, The Mi TV 2

Xiaomi announced the Tegra K1-powered Mi Pad tablet today, but that wasn't the only impressive piece of tech the company had to show off. The Chinese manufacturer is back with its second smart TV, and this one's packing a 49" 4K display. To make things even better, the Mi TV 2 will go for CN¥3,999, a little over $600.

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The Mi TV 2 has a MStar quad-core 1.45GHz processor, a Mali450-MP4 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory that's expandable with a microSD card.

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[CES 2014] Lenovo Announces ThinkVision 28 Android-Powered 4K All-In-One Display Starting At $1,199

To get an early start to CES 2014, electronics giant Lenovo announced a new 28" Android-powered all-in-one 4K display to add to its substantial line of display products. According to Lenovo's press release and spec sheet, we can expect Android 4.3, a Tegra 4 processor, and a plethora of other features. Here's the official list according to Lenovo's spec sheet:

  • Cutting edge 28-inch ultra-high resolution 3840x2160 monitor
  • High performance SOC with Android 4.3 and powered by NVIDIA® Tegra® for a new entertainment experience
  • Full 10-point touch display for PCs
  • “Tap to Connect” technology allows for seamless syncing of secondary devices to the monitor
  • Miracast with back control for smart device connectivity
  • Extra USB ports for phone charging and peripherals, as well as additional HDMI ports for extreme connectivity
  • FHD 2.0 megapixel camera for high definition video
  • Powerful 5W stereo speakers
  • Noise-cancelling dual array microphones for clear voice recognition
  • Ergonomic design for users with slim/sexy ID (dual side diamond-cutting)

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As its release date draws closer, Lenovo will most-likely release more details in the hopes of exciting the "tech savvies", like a full list of inputs and what services it will be compatible with at launch.

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XXXHDPI Spotted In 4.3 Source: Prepare Your Eyeballs For Android In 4K Resolution

Super ultra mega HD resolution support is coming to a robot-themed OS near you, but before we get into that, let's talk about Android and DPI.

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Android devices come in tons of different resolutions, everything from a tiny 128x128 watch screen to the massive 2560x1600 resolution of the Nexus 10. Higher resolution screens need higher resolution apps with higher resolution image files. It doesn't make sense to serve up super-high resolution assets to low resolutions screens, so to make sure the right screens get the right size files, Android has several generalized DPI categories for image assets.

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