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[Update: Shield-only] Amazon Music is coming to Android TV, and you can pre-register now

Whether it's a sound bar or an elaborate surround sound setup, a lot of people's best speakers are attached to their TVs. A lot of people also have Amazon Music, whether or not they realize it; the service comes free with Amazon Prime. Owners of Android TV hardware will soon be able to use those speakers to listen to that music, as a Play Store listing for a TV version of Amazon Music has appeared.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV re-review: Not the box you bought three years ago

The device we currently know as the "NVIDIA SHIELD" is not the first one to carry the name. That honor goes to the handheld device launched in 2013, later renamed SHIELD Portable. After that came the SHIELD Tablet, and finally the SHIELD Android TV in 2015. It was not the only way to get Android TV, but NVIDIA's box is the only one that had any staying power. Three years on, this device has gotten 20 updates across three major Android versions. I can't think of another Android device that offers so much value after more than three years of use. That's why we're taking another look at the SHIELD—it's changed quite a lot.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV is just $119 on Amazon ($60 off)

These days, the only Android TV worth purchasing is NVIDIA's SHIELD TV. Earlier this month, we saw this box discounted to $140 on Amazon, but it's been even further discounted for Cyber Monday. It's temporarily out of stock, but Amazon is currently offering the SHIELD TV for just $118.99.

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[Update: Now $45] Xiaomi Mi Box S is now $50 ($10 off), or $70 bundled with Google Home Mini

Xiaomi's new Mi Box S was announced just last month, in unison with Google's Pixel 3 reveal, at the reasonable price of $60. That price got even more reasonable recently when Walmart offered the Mi Box S and Google Home Mini as a bundle for $85 — a savings of $24 altogether. Now, for Black Friday, the big box retailer is discounting the gadget even further. 

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AT&T's DIRECTV Android TV box begins shipping to testers with reskinned launcher

Android TV came out in 2014, and we all expected it would be further along by now. It's not dead, but the number of available boxes is still small, and there's really only one that's worth buying (the Shield). Android TV uptake might be on the upswing with TV providers showing more interest. AT&T is rolling out test units of its Android-powered DIRECTV box, and the interface looks quite different than what we've seen on Android TV before.

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[Update: Now $5 cheaper] Xiaomi Mi Box S bundle comes with Google Home Mini for $85 ($24 off)

Xiaomi announced the Mi Box S on October 9, on the same day as Google's Pixel 3 et al. announcements. This new Android TV box from the company keeps its cheap pricing, but you wouldn't say no to more savings, would you? In that case, you can now grab the Mi Box S along with a Home Mini for $24 off the total price of both.

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49" to 85" Sony 4K LED TVs with Android TV discounted by up to $500 at many retailers

Black Friday is the best time of the year to buy TVs, and the latest deals on Sony 4K LED Android TVs are proof of that. These TVs come in five sizes — 49", 55", 65", 75", and 85" — and each is discounted by quite a noticeable margin. Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy are all taking part in the discounts.

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[Update: Now with free Echo Dot] NVIDIA Shield Android TV (2017) on sale for $140 ($39 off) at Amazon

Four years on, there's really only one Android TV device you should buy: the NVIDIA Shield. The problem is that NVIDIA's box tends to cost more than all the lesser over-the-top streamers. You get more for your money, and there are occasional sales. Like right now, for example. The Shield TV is on sale for $139.99 on Amazon, which is $39 off the usual price.

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Anker announces Nebula Capsule II pico projector with Android TV

Anker has released a few Android-powered projectors over the past year — the Nebula Mars, Nebula Mars II, and Nebula Capsule. Even though the Capsule is only about six months old, Anker already has plans for a replacement. The Nebula Capsule II is brighter, has a higher-resolution projector, and runs the full Android TV operating system.

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NVIDIA adds more Google Home integration to SHIELD

The NVIDIA SHIELD is a strange device. It has Assistant built-in, but it sometimes lacks features of other Assistant devices. You can also control the SHIELD from other Assistant devices, but it doesn't have all the standard Chromecast features. NVIDIA says "deeper integration" with Google Home is rolling out now, which may help to smooth out some inconsistencies.

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