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You can install the new Google TV launcher on older ATV devices — but you probably shouldn't

You can install the new Google TV launcher on older ATV devices — but you probably shouldn't

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.

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You can get this 65" 4K HDR Sony TV for an all-time low price of $998 ($402 off)

You can get this 65" 4K HDR Sony TV for an all-time low price of $998 ($402 off)

With far fewer social events than before, chances are that you're probably sitting in front of the TV a lot more than usual. If you're looking to upgrade, the 65" Sony X900H 4K HDR TV with Android TV built-in has fallen to an all-time low of just $998, over $400 off MSRP.

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Google TV offers a no-glitz, app-only interface with a few caveats

Google TV offers a no-glitz, app-only interface with a few caveats

Google TV's new homescreen experience is a big departure from the interface we've become familiar with on Android TV, thanks to a content-first approach that gives more importance to what you'd watch over where you'd watch it. It also has an "Apps" tab to browse the old-fashioned way, and if you prefer to make this your default interface, you can do so... at a price.

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Stadia on Android TV isn't officially coming until 2021, even though it works already

Stadia on Android TV isn't officially coming until 2021, even though it works already

Google has been preparing Stadia support for Android TV for a while now, and it remains one of the only Google platforms where the game streaming service isn't officially available yet. It's already been possible to sideload Stadia to Android TV devices in the past, but initial scaling issues and a Bluetooth mouse requirement for setup made it more than tedious to get started. The last few Stadia updates have solved a lot of these problems except for the sideloading requirement, making the game streaming service seem almost ready for prime time.

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Snag a Sony 4K HDR Android TV for up to $200 off from Amazon and Best Buy

Snag a Sony 4K HDR Android TV for up to $200 off from Amazon and Best Buy

Watched the presidential debate last night but wish you could've seen it on a bigger screen? Yeah, me neither. But right now, you can snag a 55" or 65" Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR for up to $200 off from both Amazon and Best Buy — and since these sets run Android TV with a built-in gaming mode, you'll be able to stream your favorite shows and play your favorite games better than ever before on 4K HDR panels with Dolby Vision.

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Xiaomi Mi Box 3 is now receiving Android 9 Pie, just in time for Android 11

Xiaomi Mi Box 3 is now receiving Android 9 Pie, just in time for Android 11

One of the very first Xiaomi devices to officially land in the US was the Mi Box (known as the Mi Box 3 elsewhere) back in fall 2016. While the original model has already been replaced by the Mi Box S in the States, Xiaomi hasn’t stopped pushing newer updates to its nearly four-year-old box. Now the company's rolling out Android 9 Pie to those enrolled in the beta program.

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Chromecast with Google TV supports USB-C hubs so you can unlock its full potential

Chromecast with Google TV supports USB-C hubs so you can unlock its full potential

Thanks to a series of comprehensive leaks about the upcoming Chromecast with Google TV, there isn’t much left for Google to actually reveal at today’s launch. The dongle going on sale prematurely also helped us peek at the real thing and what’s inside its retail box. While playing around with the new Chromecast, one buyer just found out that the device supports USB hubs, which could unlock its full potential.

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Sleek new Gboard design starts rolling out to Android TV

Sleek new Gboard design starts rolling out to Android TV

Hot on the heels of the redesigned Gboard that's popping up on some people's phones, Google is also rolling out a new look for the keyboard on Android TV, as spotted and confirmed by multiple Redditors. It's the design the company teased when it launched instant apps and PIN-based purchases on the platform.

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Chromecast with Google TV: Everything we know about Google's upcoming Android TV dongle

Chromecast with Google TV: Everything we know about Google's upcoming Android TV dongle

Google's long-awaited Android TV-powered "Chromecast with Google TV" is nearly here. While it won't formally be announced until this upcoming Wednesday, basically everything about the dongle has already leaked. From specs, to pricing, and even literal hands-on videos, we've seen pretty much everything there is to see, short of a full and detailed review.

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Sony 4K LED TV deals for today include the 75" X750H for $998 ($500 off)

Sony 4K LED TV deals for today include the 75" X750H for $998 ($500 off)

If you're after a really big Android-powered 4K TV, Sony is offering some healthy discounts for today only at Amazon and Best Buy. The headline deal here is the 75" X750H for $998, which is a whopping $500 off the going price for this TV. There are also discounts on the 65" X900F and 85" X800H.

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