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Android Auto, One, and TV pick up new logos as part of recent rebranding

Earlier this month, Google revealed its updated design language for the Android logo ahead of the Android 10 release. In addition to elevating the bugdroid (or at least its head) to the logo itself, new typography for the "android" text was also shown off. As part of today's big push to update the various Android sites, the logos for Android TV, Android Auto, and Android One have all been updated to match those previous changes.

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How to fully control YouTube on your TV from your phone, with voice search and queue management

If you have an Android TV (ATV) device, be it a full TV set or a set-top box like the Nvidia Shield TV, you may have noticed one idiosyncrasy in the experience when trying to cast to it from your phone: despite the ATV having a built-in full-fledged YouTube app, casting opens the bare-bones YouTube Chromecast interface. However, there's a little known way to completely control the main app, even if you're not on the same network, with voice search and queue management.

Better yet, this method should work on all TVs that have a YouTube app, not just ATV. That includes the PS4, Xbox One X, Fire TV, and more.

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OnePlus promises at least 3 years of Android TV updates on upcoming OnePlus TV

There have been rumors of a OnePlus TV for ages, but now it's really, finally about to happen. The company has been dropping tidbits of info since confirming the device earlier this month. We're used to the company's phone getting good update support, and CEO Pete Lau says we can expect the same from the TV. The Android TV platform will get updates for "at least three years."

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Sony's 85" 4K HDR Android TV at its lowest price of $3,500 ($500 off), so you can be the best roommate in your dorm

Do you have an appalling amount of wall space that you feel could use a little brightening? A huge blanking field that needs a little 4K HDR action to go there? Perhaps you could do with one of Sony's X900F series television sets — the 85" size is currently on sale at multiple retailers for $500 off.

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OnePlus' Android TV shows up at Bluetooth SIG, revealing multiple screen sizes

OnePlus entered the smartphone market with a bang when it launched its "flagship killer" back in 2014. While the company still sells phones for less than other competing flagships, it's now an established player. With smartphone growth slowly declining, OnePlus has decided on a new market to disrupt: television sets. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has already revealed that he has a TV in the making, and further information has now leaked that points to multiple screen sizes.

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[Update: Fixed] If you use HDHomeRun's DVR features with your Shield TV, hold off on the Pie update

The Nvidia Shield TV started receiving Android 9.0 Pie yesterday, making it the device's fourth major software update. That being said, you may want to hold off on upgrading if you use your Shield TV as a DVR for HDHomeRun, as it seems to have broken this functionality — though a fix is being worked on.

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[Update: APK] Hulu resurrects Android TV app after 4 years, adds profiles and Live TV

On most TV platforms, like Roku and Fire TV, Hulu has a well-designed app with support for multiple user profiles and (in most cases) live channels. However, the Android TV app has been frozen in time, as it has received no meaningful updates since it arrived in 2015. Hulu must have finally remembered the app existed, because it's getting a major overhaul.

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[Update: B&H Photo] The JBL Link Bar is finally available for purchase

JBL and Google announced the Link Bar more than a year ago, but the first sound bar with Android TV built in didn't launch on time. In fact, it has been pushed back repeatedly from late 2018, to spring 2019, and finally to summer. And here we are—the Link Bar appears to finally be live on JBL's site for $399.95.

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AirTV Mini is an $80 4K Android TV stick with Sling on-board

Dish-owned AirTV came out in 2017 with a 4K HDR Android TV streaming box that can plug into an antenna for local over-the-air broadcasts — thus combining local TV with over-the-top services ranging from Netflix to YouTube to Sling (another Dish property) in one input. But what if you have other TV sets you'd like to hook up? Surely you'd want to avoid the hassle of getting another AirTV box, right? Well, the company has come out with a new stick that acts as an OTT streamer on its own, but can also relay OTA with the help of an existing AirTV unit.

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