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Review: Forget the Chromecast, Walmart's Onn Android TV is cheaper and just as good

Review: Forget the Chromecast, Walmart's Onn Android TV is cheaper and just as good

While smartphones regularly threaten to get more expensive every year, somehow the market for set-top boxes and HDMI dongles is dropping to seemingly impossible lows. When we were introduced to the Chromecast with Google TV last year, with 4K HDR support and the full capabilities of Android TV, it felt like a $50 gadget would be the best we could ask for. As it turns out, a new contender with similar specs and an even lower price has come from an unlikely source: Walmart... And it's pretty damn good.

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In an effort to forget 2020, Sony brings Android 9 Pie to select TVs

In an effort to forget 2020, Sony brings Android 9 Pie to select TVs

Android TV is being rebranded as Google TV, but who knows how long that will take. In the meantime, Sony has been working on updating older devices. The company's Android TVs from 2015 got updated to Oreo a few months ago, and now it looks like Android 9 Pie is coming to many devices from 2016 and later.

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Nvidia isn't updating the Shield TV to Android 10 because it's not different enough

Nvidia isn't updating the Shield TV to Android 10 because it's not different enough

For years, if you wanted to get Android running on the biggest screen in your home, the Nvidia Shield TV was your best option. Cheaper devices like last year's Chromecast and Walmart's recent Onn streaming box are finally available on the market, but the Shield has kept some of the exclusive benefits that helped make it a fan favorite. If you've been waiting for an update to Android 10, you'll want to stop holding your breath — though that doesn't mean the Shield's future is uncertain.

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The Android TV interface gets a long-overdue 4K upgrade

The Android TV interface gets a long-overdue 4K upgrade

During the excitement of a new Android release, it's easy to forget that phones aren't the only things getting upgraded. While previous betas for the A12 version of Android TV were a bit underwhelming, the latest version includes something that users have been wanting for quite a while: a true 4K interface, to match all of those super-cheap 4K TVs on the market.

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The new Chromecast remote is available on the Google Store in case you've already lost yours

The new Chromecast remote is available on the Google Store in case you've already lost yours

It's been a few weeks since Google released its new Chromecast with Google TV, and if you picked one up and are anything like the average American, you've probably spent some of that time searching to find the remote. Thankfully, there's a solution if your Chromecast remote has been permanently misplaced: Google is now offering individual Chromecast remotes for sale on the Google Store — and the listing has revealed a slightly-surprising spec.

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Razer Resurrects The OUYA Store as 'Cortex' On The Forge TV [Update]

Razer Resurrects The OUYA Store as 'Cortex' On The Forge TV [Update]

The saga of OUYA is a cautionary tale of how hard it is to build a new gaming platform. After an initial crowdfunding success, OUYA had trouble attracting developers and keeping gamers interested. The company was gobbled up by gaming giant Razer earlier this year, and now the OUYA store is back as Cortex for the Android TV-powered Forge TV.

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Sony's 85" Android TV behemoth is back down to its lowest price on Amazon

Sony's 85" Android TV behemoth is back down to its lowest price on Amazon

Buying a new television is cheaper than ever these days. Constant sales make it easy to pick up a set with an excellent display for not a whole lot of money, and most TV makers now include half-decent software to get your favorite shows and movies up and streaming. Sony is one of the few manufacturers to include Android TV as its OS of choice, which bundles dedicated apps from the Play Store alongside casting with your smartphone. If you're looking to buy a massive screen for your living room, Sony's 85" X950H is back to its lowest price at Amazon.

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OUYA Owners Get A $50 Discount On Razer's Forge TV Controller Bundle, Plus $10 Cortex Store Credit

OUYA Owners Get A $50 Discount On Razer's Forge TV Controller Bundle, Plus $10 Cortex Store Credit

The dream of OUYA was not to be. It turns out that overturning a decades-old industry by disrupting it with mobile hardware and open-source software is a tough row to hoe, and adding on a semi-exclusive game market (you know, that thing that consoles do that's already universally hated) wasn't the best opening move. So OUYA floundered in the maturing set-top box market until Razer snapped it up in the hopes of bolstering its own Forge TV, which had been on the market for months and was already known as the worst option in an extremely limited field.

Huh. Maybe they just wanted some company to commiserate with. 

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Razer's Forge TV Set-Top Box Makes An Ignominious Exit From The Google Store

Razer's Forge TV Set-Top Box Makes An Ignominious Exit From The Google Store

Razer never seemed to really get behind its Android TV device. As far as we can tell, review units for the Forge TV were never sent to any of the tech media (not that we're bitter or anything. Razer. Not at all), and after brutal user reviews were splattered all over the Internet, the device still doesn't support the Android TV version of Netflix. Razer never released the neat-o mouse-and-keyboard combo designed specifically for couch gaming, the company's alternative to NVIDIA's PC game streaming software still hasn't materialized, and there have been no mentions of software updates or even notable game releases since the Forge TV launched in April.

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Forge TV Now Available For Pre-Order Directly From Razer (Including Controller Bundle), Ships On April 29th

Forge TV Now Available For Pre-Order Directly From Razer (Including Controller Bundle), Ships On April 29th

Razer's Forge TV, one of the only third party stand-alone Android TV devices announced since the platform launched, is already available as a pre-order from Amazon. Now you can get it straight from the serpent's mouth: Razer is accepting pre-orders for both the Forge TV and the bundle with a Serval controller. The set-top box alone is shipping out on April 29th, with the bundle coming a little later on May 5th.

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The Forge TV is a standard Android TV device with a Snapdragon 805 system-on-a-chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and support for USB 3.0 hardware and gigabit Ethernet on top of the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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