Google TV is the hot new TV platform on the street, but it's still based on Android TV, which isn't going anywhere. TCL is one manufacturer that produces smart televisions with Android TV built-in, and now you can get one of the company's 55-inch models for just $249.99 at Best Buy.
BBC iPlayer has had a strange relationship with Android TV. There have been versions specific to certain hardware, such as the one for the Nvidia Shield or those you can get on Sony TVs, but there's still no official generic version that works on any ATV device. This means no BBC iPlayer for the new Chromecast with Google TV, since that's just an ATV dongle with a fancy skin. Or so we thought. Thankfully, there's a new version of the app that's compatible with Google's new hardware, just in time for launch.
Google may have introduced Google TV last month, but Apple TV has been around long before that. Problem is, there hasn't been any Apple TV Android app, and that includes for Android TV devices — at least, until now. Select Sony ATV models are beginning to receive an update that installs the Apple TV app, which includes access to Apple TV+, Apple TV channels, new and popular movies, and personalized and curated recommendations.
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.
The days leading up to Black Friday are some of the best times to get great deals on a new TV. Sony is one of the most reputable names out there, and right now, you can save up to $800 on some of the company's 4K Android TVs from Amazon and Best Buy — including both OLED and LED options.
YouTube Music added support for Android TV earlier this summer, but we weren't very impressed. As the approaching death date for Google Play Music draws closer, YouTube Music will soon replace GPM on TVs. Google is taking this opportunity to introduce new improvements to the YTM experience on TVs, including the ability to play uploaded music and get recommendations right from the homescreen.
Oppo spin-off Realme made its name as a budget smartphone maker in parts of Asia and Europe, but it has since ventured out to a bunch of other categories, ranging from smart TVs to truly wireless earbuds. With today’s announcement, Realme is further expanding its product line by adding the Smart TV SLED 4K, which is based on its proprietary backlighting tech, along with a 100W soundbar. There are also a whole lot of accessories, some IoT devices, and earbuds, following what the company teased last month.
People who could afford Peloton have been taking up synchronous sessions on their stationary bikes and treadmills. To top it off, those who have a heart rate monitor with ANT+ support can connect it to those machines. Now, those who are using their Android TVs to partake in full-body routines can connect their HRM and tie their pulse stats with their workouts.
Google isn't one to shy away from confusing branding changes, and the whole Google TV/Android TV thing is just the latest in a long line of examples. The new Google TV interface will come to third-party devices eventually, but the OS will still be called Android TV, at least for a little while. Right now, the new Chromecast with Google TV is the only device to officially support the upgraded UI, but there is a way to get it working on other Android TV hardware.
It may have been only about 30 minutes, but Google unveiled a bunch of new stuff at yesterday's event. One of the coolest gadgets is the Chromecast with Google TV — an updated Chromecast dongle that comes with a remote and runs special version of Android TV. The app that powers the new Google TV launcher interface has now appeared on the Play Store. It's called Google TV Home, and even though it's possible to install it on existing Android TV devices, it's pretty useless right now unless you have the new Chromecast.