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TCL plans to update its 2019 and 2020 TVs to Android 11

TCL plans to update its 2019 and 2020 TVs to Android 11

At the recently concluded CES 2021, TCL made a host of announcements about its upcoming 8K and mini LED TV range — one of which touched upon Google TV coming to its 2021 lineup. Now the company has a little news to share about its existing Android TV models, some of which are now confirmed to be getting an Android 11 update.

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Chromecast with Google TV has an annoying Bluetooth audio issue, but there's a simple fix

Chromecast with Google TV has an annoying Bluetooth audio issue, but there's a simple fix

The Chromecast with Google TV is a brilliant product, as noted in Ryan's review, but it's not without its flaws. Since getting one a week ago, I've found Google's new Android TV skin to be a delight, so much so that my far more powerful Nvidia Shield has been relegated to the bench. The experience isn't perfect, however, and I've had to close misbehaving apps on several occasions. The most notable issue I've faced relates to Bluetooth audio, but thankfully there's an easy fix.

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85" Hisense 4K LED HDR Android TV is just $1,000 ($700 off) at Best Buy today

85" Hisense 4K LED HDR Android TV is just $1,000 ($700 off) at Best Buy today

The bang for the buck that TVs offer these days never ceases to amaze me. For today only, Best Buy is offering an 85" Hisense 4K LED TV with HDR and Android TV on board for just $999.99, a savings of a whopping $700 off MSRP.

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This $700 4K Android TV from Hisense is almost as big as Michael Jordan ($300 off)

This $700 4K Android TV from Hisense is almost as big as Michael Jordan ($300 off)

Mounting former pro basketball player Michael Jordan in your living room doesn't seem like a great idea, but mounting a 4K Android TV on the wall that's about the same size as Michael Jordan sounds a lot better. Right now, there's a 75" set from Hisense that's on sale at Best Buy for just $699.99 — a full $300 in savings.

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YouTube Kids for Android TV passes 10 million installs

YouTube Kids for Android TV passes 10 million installs

Almost exactly two years ago, the YouTube app crossed 5 billion downloads on the Play Store. Earlier this year, we also saw a much smaller 50 million milestone hit by the Android TV version of the YouTube app. Both apps have the advantage of coming pre-installed on most suitable devices, which means these accomplishments are owed partially to the success of the OS. However, the latest streaming app to hit a new threshold is YouTube Kids for Android TV, which now boasts 10 million downloads, and none of them were pre-installed.

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Proton VPN brings its privacy protection services to Android TV devices

Proton VPN brings its privacy protection services to Android TV devices

VPNs seem to be the hot thing now as people put more focus on their privacy. Google introduced a VPN for Google One members earlier this year, but it was targeted at phones and tablets. Now Android TV users are getting a new VPN option for their large screen devices thanks to an update to Proton VPN that expands compatibility to ATVs.

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Xiaomi launches its first Dolby Vision-enabled QLED 4K TV in India

Xiaomi launches its first Dolby Vision-enabled QLED 4K TV in India

Typical to Xiaomi’s approach, its TV range in India has so far focused on budget offerings, massively undercutting the traditional players. After capturing a major chunk of the local smart TV market, Xiaomi is now stepping up to a slightly more premium space with its latest QLED model that aims to offer premium picture quality and design, but with pricing that's still affordable.

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Play Store gets a minor interface revamp on Android TV

Play Store gets a minor interface revamp on Android TV

About a year ago, Google started rolling out a more graphical interface for the Play Store on Android TV with focus on content discovery, larger thumbnails, interactive backgrounds, and a modern design. Now, with the new Chromecast having launched with a new Google TV UI, that Play Store is starting to look slightly dated. To keep it fresh, Google is rolling out a minor revamp with a new toolbar, new icons, and some shuffled screens.

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Fire TV gets its biggest update ever, with an emphasis on content discovery and personalization

Fire TV gets its biggest update ever, with an emphasis on content discovery and personalization

Amazon announced a bunch of new hardware back in September, but the company also teased a brand-new Fire TV experience. Now the update appears to be rolling out to select Fire TV devices, and it promises to be the most significant software upgrade yet, delivering plenty of new features that make it easier to watch what you love.

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This 4K Android TV is about as big as André the Giant and it's also $700 off

This 4K Android TV is about as big as André the Giant and it's also $700 off

André the Giant is a big guy, but you probably wouldn't want him hanging up on your living room wall. That's where this deal from Hisense comes in: Best Buy is currently offering a 4K Android TV with screen real estate measuring a full 85". That's about as big as André the Giant was tall, and the set is just $999.99 — a full $700 off the MSRP.

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