Over the weekend, a few users have reported a software update on their devices even if they’re not in the beta program. This is Android version 7.1.2 and the factory image has already been posted. Many of the forward-facing changes seem to affect Android on the phone and tablet, but the changes don’t affect TVs. […]

Users in the Android Beta Program may be seeing a message on their Nexus Players to update their software. Users will be instructed to update to Android 7.1.2. This is a small update, not even getting a bump up to the API version. It “is an incremental maintenance release focused on refinements”, so there isn’t anything […]

The first week of the month is when Google pushes out security updates for Android. This month, in addition to getting security fixes, Nexus users are also getting an update to the latest version of Android, Nougat 7.1.1. It’s currently rolling out for the Nexus Player, although users likely won’t see anything new. What’s New […]

The Live Channels app has been updated yesterday to include a DVR activity and a user interface for recording. How do these things work? We take a deep dive into this new API and user experience using a hastily thrown together app. The app integrates YouTube videos into Live Channels to play them as you’d […]

The Nexus Player was once Google’s reference device for Android TV, a device running pure Android TV which could be used by developers to try out their apps. In June it was discontinued and even though it did receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, individuals had a difficult time trying to find it. If […]

Android.com/tv is brand new and showcases all the devices it has to offer. OEM Partners shown are Sharp with their Aquos series, Sony with their Bravia series, the 1st gen Nexus Player, NVIDIA SHIELD TV, and the red headed step child that is the Razer Forge TV. In addition all other parts of Android (Phone,Wear,Tablets,and Auto) […]

Google’s Nexus Player was created as a reference device for OEMs and developers to get started with Android TV. It was a pretty solid device, we reviewed it well, and it allowed plenty of developers to port their apps to Android TV (as well as adding support for Android N). However, after two years, Google […]

A few days ago a handful of Android phones and tablets received an OTA update to the newest version of Android N. This second preview is now rolling out to the Nexus Player as well. In a Android Development blog post, they highlight a few pretty big changes to the operating system. Vulkan Vulkan is […]

Google’s monthly security bulletin, outlining a number of vulnerabilities in the Android operating system and including patches, has just been published. This month has a notable 29 different vulnerabilities ranging from moderate to critical severity. The Nexus Player should be receiving a fix in the next couple of days, at least for those still on […]

The Nexus Player is Google’s first public Android TV device (discounting the developer-only ADT-1). Released in fall 2014 for $99, it has since been on sale several times and even went out of stock on the Google Store for a while. At one point it was a clearance item at brick and mortar stores like […]

As I’ve been going through the Android N build seeing what new things are upon us I came across something that seems so useful and is both a power user and non-power user feature and that is what I’m calling for now recent tabs. Below you’ll see how it looks in the short video taken and […]

Two years ago, Google surprised us by releasing a developer preview for Android L at Google I/O, which later became Lollipop. Last year they improved the process by publishing several preview releases for Android M, which was announced at Google I/O. This year, we expected the trend to continue. Yet Google continues to surprise. They […]