Ahead of Google I/O, the Android Developers blog posted an article detailing a new method that they’re employing that hopefully will make your device get updated sooner. Called Project Treble, the goal is to isolate silicon-specific code from the Android framework itself. TREBLE adjective – consisting of three parts; threefold. The project name seems to stem from […]

Since Launch on Boot was first published, a number of people have wanted a feature where an app launches on waking up. I have previously looked into the issue and believed it was not feasible. After Android Central’s post on the app, I was encouraged again to work on the feature. However, after a little […]

A few days ago Google Home added a key feature: support for multiple users. This makes it much more accessible for families, where your device may be used by five or six different people regularly. The lack of voice recognition, as opposed to speech recognition, has prevented the device from truly being useful. After all, […]

Vizio had come up with a clever and cheap smart TV setup. They integrated Chromecast into the hardware and included a tablet to act as a “remote”. Users were able to find all kinds of content and then beam it immediately to the TV. With Vizio’s latest TV lineup, they still have casting, but with […]

Do you have an Android TV from manufacturer LeEco? If so, you should be receiving an update soon. This will give users access to “an extended free trial” through the DirectTV Now app. The device purchase dates for this promotion are 4/1/2017 – 6/30/2017 and a unique promo code will be shared with those who […]

The latest media app to come to Android TV, in addition to TNT, is EPIX. The update, posted on the third, adds a single change: WHAT’S NEW EPIX is now available on Android TV Like other TV Everywhere apps, users need to authenticate with a cable provider before they can take full advantage of the […]

We took a deep look into the Watch TNT app on Android TV, which has plenty of evidence pointing to a release on the platform soon. It also seems like the Watch TBS app is arriving on the smart TV platform as well. This app will let users authenticate with a cable provider and gain […]

Do you watch TNT? They have a variety of shows, movies, and sports, and users have been able to watch this content through their mobile app. With the recent update, it seems like there is support for Android TV, as shown from the web. Users should be able to have full access to shows once […]

Good afternoon, When we first launched a year and a half ago, there was not a lot of enthusiasm about Android TV. Few apps supported it, the launcher was barebones, and it felt like a nice idea but incomplete. Since then, we’ve seen numerous apps and games launch on TV, multiple operating system iterations that […]

For many experienced Android tinkerers, they have switched to a third-party launcher that enables a variety of customizations and control over the look and feel of their homescreen. One of the biggest parts of “look” is the icon pack. By downloading one, available as an app, the user is able to swap all of the […]

Hulu is getting into the Internet TV market, like YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, and many other competitors. For $40/month, you can watch a variety of popular channels on a multitude of devices with cloud DVRing of shows and on-demand content as well. While the app does support some smart TV platforms, it notably leaves out […]

Sony has been incorporating Android TV into their TV sets since 2015, although they haven’t been too quick with their software updates. It does seem like owners of Sony TVs will be receiving Nougat pretty soon, according to a new help article posted on their website. Your Android TV software version is scheduled to receive […]

There’s a lot of really cool websites out there, but the web has not been too compatible with Android TV. One could sideload Chrome, or a browser like Puffin TV, but the web has been treated like a second class citizen. For one, you can’t add web apps to your TV’s launcher like you can […]

Welcome to the club TELUS! The Canadian telecommunications company has this week announced an Android TV which gives users access to their new OTT service. The device, Pik TV, which is physically rather small, comes with 2GB RAM, 8 GB storage, along with ethernet, USB, and HDMI ports. It comes with a remote which pairs over […]

There’s a lot of games being launched on Android TV, and we may not have time to cover them individually. These weekly posts give brief summaries of many new games that are being published. If you know of a new game, or find one we missed, let us know in the comments below. General Games […]

YouTube Kids is a version of YouTube designed for kids, which is apparent from the name. It lets them quickly find content from their favorite characters, and all the content is purposed to be safe and inexplicit. It has been available for a while on phones and tablets, but that wasn’t ideal. Even though you […]

Have you heard? Android TV will be getting Google Assistant soonTM. It was originally announced in January, although we haven’t heard of a release date since. It is likely, however, that its release will coincide with Google I/O in mid-May. That’s when Google makes a number of significant announcements and could coincide with a larger […]

This is an interesting time of the school year, as the semester dies down but finals haven’t started yet. It’s a point in time where students have a pocket of free time, and over the weekend I spent some time making adjustments to some apps to make them look nicer or work better. Launch on […]

HBO Go, HBO’s app for those who have a cable subscription, recently received some big features to its mobile and TV apps which should improve the user experience quite a bit. WHAT’S NEW • Pick up watching a series where you left off • Continuously watch your favorite series with the new automated binge mode […]

The all-in-one media player app Kodi has support for a lot of different types of media sources, although Netflix has been one that has required numerous workarounds. The reason is due to DRM. Kodi has has some support for Widevine DRM for a while, but not enough to entirely support the service. That’s changing due […]

Chromecast functionality, allowing your phone to quickly cast media to a speaker directly or through an Internet connection, has slowly been adopted in the speaker industry. Jensen has just announced their new smart speaker, named the JSB-1000. This device, which is expected to retail for around $170, should appear in many stores. In addition to […]

There’s a lot of games being launched on Android TV, and we may not have time to cover them individually. These weekly posts give brief summaries of many new games that are being published. If you know of a new game, or find one we missed, let us know in the comments below. Commander Genius […]