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[Update x2: Fix rolling out] Sony appears to be blocking Kodi on its recent Android TVs

Kodi (formerly XBMC) has attracted an undeservedly bad rap outside media streaming circles, garnering a piracy-associated reputation that isn't quite merited — at least, in my opinion. Whatever you might believe, it looks like Sony might be taking a critical view of the project, too, as reports indicate that at least some of the company's recent Android TVs are actively blocking the app.

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Shield Software Experience 7.2.3 brings NHL app and much-needed option to restart WiFi

With every update, small or big, Nvidia's Shield TV gets better and better. Three years on, it's still easily the best standalone Android TV box you can buy. Today's update to Shield Software Experience 7.2.3 isn't a major one by any means, but it brings a feature I've wanted since the start: the option to restart WiFi and re-scan for networks.

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Google Assistant on Android TV can speak four new languages

We rarely speak of Assistant on Android TV because changes in the platform are highly dependent on TV and set-top box manufacturers, infrequent updates, and sometimes server-side pushes from Google. But language support is something we keep an eye on, as it allows users who don't speak English to use the Assistant on their TVs.

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Google disables Photos on Android TV temporarily due to possible privacy breach

Picture this: you're setting the screensaver on your Android TV to show pictures from your Google Photos account, but wait — the account selection page shows hundreds of unknown Google accounts, complete with profile pictures, all showing as linked accounts! This is exactly what happened to at least two Android TV users, on television sets from Vu and iFFalcon (a subsidiary of TCL).

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The JBL Link Bar release has been pushed back to summer

The JBL Link bar looked like an interesting Google-infused product when it popped up in May 2018, but it has been chronically delayed ever since. JBL started taking pre-orders in August of last year, but it missed the fall ship date, Now, the spring 2019 ship date is being pushed back to summer.

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Android TV UI update brings rounded icons and Google Sans font

Android TV users across the world (hey, there are a few!) are turning on their TVs today and noticing things look a little different. Google has pushed an update with rounded icons and an entirely new font. There are a few system app updates, too.

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Long-awaited Kodi 18 release delivers Android Leanback suggestions, support for retro gaming emulators, and much more [APK Download]

Users of open-source media player Kodi (formerly XMBC) have been waiting for release 18 (codenamed "Leia") for almost two years. Now, after what the project itself describes as a "long gestation," Kodi 18 is available for all supported platforms. It has a massive list of changes, including Android Leanback suggestions, and support for retro gaming emulators.

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Android TV 8.0 rolling out to recent Sony TVs, sideload available now

Sony is one of the best OEMs around when it comes to updating its smartphones in a timely fashion, but the company's smart TVs are another story. Even though Android 9 Pie was released five months ago, and Android Q is on the horizon, Sony is just now rolling out Oreo to some of its smart TVs.

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25 new and notable Android TV apps and games from the last 10 months (3/31/18 - 1/18/19)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android TV apps and games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the the last ten months. It's been a while since our last ATV roundup, but ATV titles are still trickling out in enough numbers that we finally have some competent apps and games to throw together for a roundup of the more intriguing releases. In particular, there is finally an Amazon music app for the Nvidia Shield, plus there are plenty of new video streaming services from the likes on AMC and A&E. So without further ado, here are the most notable apps and games released for Android TV in the last ten months.

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Whoops: Sony blocking Kodi on its Android TVs was an accident

Around half a week ago we reported that Sony appeared to be blocking the installation of Kodi — the occasionally maligned media-streaming platform — on some of its recent Android TVs. While there is an effective block in place, we're told by Sony that it was an accident, and the next software update for affected platforms will deliver a fix.

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