[Poll Results] Favorite Android TV Feature of 2016

We’re just a week into 2017, just finishing a seminal year for Android TV. There were a lot of big announcements and milestones set. We wanted to get an idea of which announcements were the most exciting, so we conducted a straw poll of readers on the site. The results are below from 50 voters.

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Xiaomi Mi Box

At Google I/O, Hugo Barra introduced the Mi Box. It’s a cheap $70 streaming box that can play content in ultra-high definition and high-dynamic range. 38% of voters said this was the most exciting announcement.

USB Tuners / DVR in Live Channels

Android Nougat was announced in 2016, the next iteration of the Android operating system. On TVs, there were many new changes including picture-in-picture and multitasking.

One exciting new set of features came in the stock Android TV app Live Channels. The stock TV firmware now supports USB tuners, and shows can be recorded using the built-in DVR.

While 4% said Nougat was the most exciting feature, 40% said Live Channel features were the most exciting. Nougat could possibly be more exciting once it comes to more devices than just the Nexus Player. It will come to the NVIDIA Shield TV with their next software update.

New Apps & Games

The software collection for Android TV has grown, with new apps and games being published with support every day. 10% of voters said there was a particular app or game that finally arrived.

Conclusion

There’s a variety of things to be excited about. Even with the choices above, 8% stated some other announcement was more exciting. Let us know what you enjoyed the most in the comments below.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Barry Whittington

    I enjoyed finding the Mi Box to replace my Roku Premiere+. The Roku user interface is not very good. You cannot listen to and watch things while browsing the home screen or other apps like you can with Android TV. That and the fact that Spotify has a very well done Android TV app are what made me decide to keep the Mi Box and take the new Roku Premiere+ back.

    • yoloswagzoor

      Well i have so many issues with the mibox, 60fps video on youtube are freezing, the videos on netflix have framedrops, the remote is loosing connection sometimes, the adoptive storage is not working, i can’t get adaptative refresh rate to work, and the list go on.

      • Barry Whittington

        That sucks. I havn’t had any issues with mine except the live stream on Free Speech TV freezing and I think that is on their end and not a problem with the Mi Box.