Android-based Google TV has struggled to find its footing, but the planned reboot of Google's Web-enabled television box next year could come with a familiar name.
The set-top box could be called Nexus TV, tying the Google TV redo to the company's successful line of flagship Android phones and tablets, according to a report Friday in The Information (subscription required).
The report also says that Google will be re-launching Nexus TV sometime in the first half of 2014, which follows Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai's statement to CNET that there would be a Google TV announcement … Read more
When you go to the Google home page in some parts of this world on Friday, you might think you have a medical problem.
The page, you see, won't stop moving. It seems as if there are vast numbers of strangely dressed men performing the Riverdance. (This is true at least in certain Anglo-centric iterations of Google.com, such as .au, .nz, and .uk. The doodle has yet to manifest itself on the US home page.)
Actually, this is the Whodle. Or at least this is what it's been known as during its four-month development.
In order to … Read more
The publication cited sources familiar with the situation, who said that the next version of Android will improve the way that TVs and Android-powered devices work together. The report didn't offer any specifics, but it did mention an enhanced user interface.
Android 4.4 is shaping up to be a minor update with few overall changes to the platform.
Based on the chatter thus far, the next build will mostly center around fine-tuning the UI as opposed to introducing new … Read more
Google TV will soon give up on separate branding and going all-in with its operating system by renaming itself Android TV.
The television-specific, media-focused version of Android has lay more or less fallow since it received its Honeycomb upgrade in 2011. There's no word if or when Google is planning on upgrading Google TV from its current Android 3.2, but Google developers and hardware partners have begun to drop use of the "Google TV" moniker in favor of "Android TV," reports GigaOm.
The rebranding isn't surprising, considering that Google told CNET after the … Read more
Demand appears to be sky-high for Google's $35 TV dongle. The low price tag proved to be appealing to consumers, who have been quick to adopt the company's latest gadget. Hours after being announced late last month, the Chromecast had already sold out across a variety of outlets.
Despite there being only a handful of compatible applications, such as Netflix, Google Play Music, and YouTube, various workarounds have been discovered that enable more content to be delivered to the popular device.
Here are a few tips and tricks that could improve your Chromecast experience:
1. Play local media … Read more
Sony might be working on a new Google TV device.
A Federal Communications Commission tag that surfaced recently on the agency's site describes an unnamed "Internet Player" affixed with the model number NSZ-GU1. The filing, which was discovered on Tuesday, is listed with June 20 as the date available and is credited to Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron.
The tag on the FCC listing shows "Sony Corp." branding, and other documents in the filing list "Sony" as the brand. Although the FCC's listing doesn't say what the device is, previously launched Sony products … Read more
It's 2014. Apple has gathered everyone together for a special event. As Tim Cook presents, he says, "Today we're introducing three revolutionary new products. The first one is a cable box. The second one is a revolutionary streaming-media device. The third is a new way to play games on your TV. So, three things: a cable box, a streaming box, and a game console. Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we're calling it iTV."
LG is the only TV maker building TVs with Google TV built-in, and its 2013 lineup of Google TVs is bigger than ever, with seven new models spread across two series.
First announced prior to CES, the GA7900 (55-inch, 47-inch) and the GA6400 (60-inch, 55-inch, 50-inch, 47-inch and 42-inch) series are both available now, in prices currently ranging from $900 to $2,100.
Most Google TV devices, including these LG TVs, now use a version of Honeycomb 3.2, which enables users to use tablet and smartphone apps on their TV. Here's an in-depth look at how it performs … Read more
Google TV, the ambitious living room operating system often maligned as slow to update, difficult to use, and less focused than alternatives like Roku or standard Smart TV suites, will finally get a major operating system upgrade later this year.
LG announced today at Google I/O that its Google TVs will get the update to Android version 4.2.2, aka Jelly Bean, in the third quarter. LG is the only manufacturer still selling actual televisions with Google TV built-in, although a few set-top boxes are available, too. LG's models, including the 2013 GA7900 and GA6400 and the … Read more