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Nvidia Shield TV is getting a Google TV-like facelift

Nvidia Shield TV is getting a Google TV-like facelift

Shield TV devices are widely regarded as some of the best Android TV boxes money can buy. Nvidia's historically been great about software support, too, providing updates for years. A new one is landing today: Shield TV is getting a revamped home screen that looks a bit like the Chromecast with Google TV's.

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Walmart's new 4K Android TV box is out, and it's $20 less than a Chromecast with Google TV

Walmart's new 4K Android TV box is out, and it's $20 less than a Chromecast with Google TV

Android TV continues to grow as a platform, spurred on by the success of last year's Chromecast with Google TV. That device managed to undercut the old 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra by $20, making it an easy way to grab a streaming stick for your television without paying an arm and a leg. If that price is still too steep to justify throwing a media player in your spare bedroom, Walmart has the gadget for you. Its new Onn-branded 4K Android TV device is officially on sale for just $29.

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YouTube installs on Android TV have doubled in 12 months, hinting at some substantial platform growth

YouTube installs on Android TV have doubled in 12 months, hinting at some substantial platform growth

Android TV may have started as a small side project for Google, dwarfed in size by its own Chromecast devices, but it's quickly becoming a star in its own right. YouTube — a preinstalled app on every Android TV device — recently hit 100 million installs for its Android TV variant, giving us a good idea of the platform's growth.

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Stadia is finally launching on the platform it should have been on from day one

Stadia is finally launching on the platform it should have been on from day one

Despite having been on the market for nearly a year and a half now, Stadia still isn't officially playable on Android TV — but that's changing, and soon. Today, Google announced that there'll be an official Stadia client up and running on Android TV in just a couple of short weeks.

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YouTube on Android TV just added the feature I've been wanting for years

YouTube on Android TV just added the feature I've been wanting for years

YouTube for Android TV was released nearly six years ago, in August of 2015, with one glaring omission: no playback speed controls. Over thirty releases or so, the feature was still nowhere to be seen, forcing us to watch videos at normal speeds. No slowing down if you want to grab all the details of a scene in slow-mo, no speeding up for videos of easy-going talkers or unrushed scenes. Until now, that is. If you open the YouTube app on your Android TV set, top box, or Chromecast with Google TV today, you should have the option — at least if the server gods are on your side.

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It looks like Google's about to fix the most annoying thing about Google TV

It looks like Google's about to fix the most annoying thing about Google TV

User profiles are extremely handy for online streaming services, if only so I can stop seeing random episodes of The Big Bang Theory show up in my HBO Max feed (which should be nothing but 90s WB superhero cartoons). Google apparently thinks that kind of separation will be useful for its revamped Android TV interface, because said profiles are on their way.

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Apple TV is finally available on all Android TV devices

Apple TV is finally available on all Android TV devices

Although Android TV isn't as popular as Roku or Amazon's Fire TV, access to the Play Store makes it one of the best ways to watch your favorite movies and shows. Up until now, it's been missing a major service from its library, but that all changes starting today. Apple TV is now available on Android TV devices, including the Nvidia Shield TV.

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Justify spending a month's rent on a TV with this Sony 75" $600-off deal

Justify spending a month's rent on a TV with this Sony 75" $600-off deal

Although it's super easy to pick up a cheap TV these days, high-end TVs are well worth the cash if you have some room in your budget. OLED sets dominate the premium space these days, but if you aren't ready to make the leap, 4K LED TVs are better than ever. Sony's X950H is one of the best sets on the market today, and you can grab the 75" model for just $2,000 from a bunch of retailers.

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The Android TV 12 Beta is going live, but the Chromecast with Google TV is excluded

The Android TV 12 Beta is going live, but the Chromecast with Google TV is excluded

At Google I/O 2021, the Android TV team announced an important milestone — the platform now has 80 million monthly active devices, with more than 80% growth in the US alone. But the team isn't resting on its laurels. Instead, Google announced that the Android 12 Beta is coming to its development box today, the ADT-3, along with sharing that the current Android 11 version of the TV OS will finally be available as an emulator going forward.

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Google announced a replacement for the Android TV remote app

Google announced a replacement for the Android TV remote app

As part of the I/O festivities, Google has just announced its plans to make Android phones into Android TV compatible remotes. Of course, that's already a thing, but Google wants to build this into Android itself (presumably, via Play Services), and it should make everything from setting up a new service to finding a new show to watch that much easier.

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