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[Update: Now public] SHIELD TV update v5.2 adds Plex Live TV, direct NAS write capability, and more

As a companion to Plex's announcement of Live TV for Pass subscribers today, Nvidia is pushing out the 5.2 update to the SHIELD TV. Yesterday, we saw the Tablet and Tablet K1 receive a version with the same number that addressed a few issues and bugs. Thankfully, TV owners have something much nicer to look forward to than just optimizations and fixes.

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Facebook's new Android TV app plays videos from your feed (and that's it) [APK Download]

Android TV apps vary greatly in terms of functionality. Some are close to what you get on a phone, but others are focused on a single experience. Case in point, the Twitter app for Android TV that only shows you videos. The new Facebook app is similar—this app simply makes it easier to access the videos in your feed.

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Android TV is getting a new launcher with Android O

Android TV hasn't had much attention from Google in the past few months. The first Android O Developer Preview had no noticeable differences on the platform, and YouTube TV still doesn't have an Android TV application. I suppose good things come to those who wait, because Android TV is getting a brand new launcher with Android O.

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NBC releases its app for Android TV

Last night the US cable network NBC released an app for streaming content to the Android TV platform. It's pretty similar to NBC's other Android app, but, you know, for Android TV. The UI has been reworked to look better on a larger-format display but, presumably, offers all the same content you expect.

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[Update: Link to Sony's message] It looks like Sony might be prepping to push Nougat to their Android TVs soon

We got a tip earlier today from a user whose Sony Android TV gave him a message about an upcoming update. The message does not explicitly mention Nougat, but among the features listed are some that are exclusive to Android 7.0. Unfortunately, we don't know exactly when the update will hit, but the included information says that it is scheduled to begin after 05/2017.

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Kodi 18 will support Leanback suggestions and Google voice search on Android TV

Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is an open-source media player that is available on a variety of platforms - including Android. If you use Kodi on your Android TV, you'll be happy to know that the next major release will support Leanback suggestions and voice search.

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[Update: Now it's cheaper] Deal Alert: Get a 75" Sony LED UHD Android TV from Best Buy for $2150 today ($650 off)

It's been a little while since we had an actual Android TV pop up in our deal alerts. Our first one for 2017 is a big 'un. As part of its Deal of the Day, Best Buy has Sony's XBR X850D (2016 version) television for $2,150, which is a savings of $650.

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HBO Go and HBO Go for Android TV get big updates with ability to resume a series, binge mode, and more

HBO Go isn't a very good app—this is the harsh truth. Yet, people put up with it because HBO has content that they want to see. The app is getting an update today (standard and Android TV) that adds some long overdue features. We could complain that HBO Go is just now getting binge mode, or we could be thankful it's here. That's actually a lie; we can do both.

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Airtel announces Internet TV for India, an Android TV box with digital TV built-in

Indian telecommunications giant Airtel has unveiled an exciting innovation in digital TV services in the country. Its new product, Internet TV, was announced yesterday during a special live stream on Periscope, and amid much fanfare from the company on Twitter.

The device itself is a fairly sleek looking 4K set-top box powered by Android TV, with Chromecast functionality also built-in. Out of the box, Internet TV will allow users to stream content through included apps such as Netflix and YouTube, plus with easy access to Google Play you'll be able to download and enjoy many more apps and games.

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Play Store app update fixes the crashing issues on Android TV [APK Download]

At least since December, the Play Store on Android TV has had a particularly annoying issue. When selecting one of several app categories, including 'Action Games' and 'News,' the entire Play Store crashes. Now the issue appears to be finally fixed.

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