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TCL plans on putting out a Google TV this year

TCL plans on putting out a Google TV this year

Prolific television maker TCL has announced that it will be selling its first Google TV within the year. The set would be the first with the new UI and join a fleet of Roku TVs and low-end Android TVs in the portfolio.

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Sony's new 4K and 8K Bravia XR TVs come with Google TV built-in

Sony's new 4K and 8K Bravia XR TVs come with Google TV built-in

Google TV is the latest iteration of Google's smart TV software, having made its debut on the latest Chromecast a few months back. Sony's new Bravia XR TVs are among the first to arrive with Google TV built-in, and they have some other noteworthy features as well.

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Google TV now supports Peacock accounts as Netflix users remain in the lurch

Google TV now supports Peacock accounts as Netflix users remain in the lurch

Google TV, the Android user's hub for searching out and tracking streaming content, recently dumped support for Netflix content. That means if the show you're looking for is on Netflix, you'd have to tap around more to find it. But if your show is on Comcast's Peacock service instead, that's not the case anymore.

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Google TV wants to learn your preferences and improve content recommendations

Google TV wants to learn your preferences and improve content recommendations

Scanning through tens of streaming services and hundreds of shows and movies to find that one perfect title is not only time-consuming but also exhausting (TIL, it even has a word: Showverload). Google, being that one nice guy around, wants to fix that for you with its all-new Google TV interface. The highly personalized service is getting a new tool to better understand your likes and dislikes, which will help Google tune its content recommendations to match your preferences.

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Netflix isn't playing nicely with Google TV for some reason

Netflix isn't playing nicely with Google TV for some reason

Google TV is meant to act as a starting point for your watching experience by letting you look up titles and see where you're able to watch them including through your current streaming memberships. One of the participating services was Netflix, but it appears that the behemoth has dropped from the Android app.

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Google says Nest Audio and Chromecast home theater integration is coming

Google says Nest Audio and Chromecast home theater integration is coming

When unused marketing copy for the Nest Audio speaker was spotted in Google Search last week, it suggested a feature that hadn't previously been touted. Like Amazon's Echo speakers with Fire TV and Apple's HomePod with Apple TV (soon), Nest Audios were said to be capable of pairing up with the new Chromecast with Google TV to create a home theater sound system. Google now appears to have confirmed that this is coming.

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You can get the new Google TV interface working on other Android TV devices

You can get the new Google TV interface working on other Android TV devices

Google isn't one to shy away from confusing branding changes, and the whole Google TV/Android TV thing is just the latest in a long line of examples. The new Google TV interface will come to third-party devices eventually, but the OS will still be called Android TV, at least for a little while. Right now, the new Chromecast with Google TV is the only device to officially support the upgraded UI, but there is a way to get it working on other Android TV hardware.

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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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Google Play Movies & TV is now Google TV, including the app (APK Download)

Google Play Movies & TV is now Google TV, including the app (APK Download)

As part of the Google TV hullaballoo, Google is releasing a Google TV app later today, replacing the old Google Play Movies & TV app that some of our readers probably forgot existed. Based on leaks, this change in branding is universal, and Play Movies & TV is being replaced by Google TV everywhere. As before, the new app lets you manage your watchlist, view recommendations, and even watch content, though it also sports a fresh coat of paint to go with the branding change.

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