As part of Google I/O we learned a little something about existing Google Home devices, they have Bluetooth! Announced during the Keynote the Home is getting Bluetooth support. That means it’s yet another speaker you connect to via Bluetooth because we needed more of those, but it’s one thing that the Echo had over the […]

Kotlin has been discussed in the Android development community as a potential replacement for Java. It has several advantages that make it quicker and easier to write, with less boilerplate and potential errors. It can be compiled into Java, making it possible to use on Android, although with a few workarounds. Today, Google announced that […]

At this morning’s keynote, Google announced a number of new capabilities for Google Home. Of particular note are music and video services that can be automatically called and played. For music services like Spotify, which now works even for free tier users, the playback can happen straight on the device itself. For video services, like […]

Android TV is getting a big update this year along with Android O. There will be the Google Assistant along with an entirely new launcher. You can take a look at both in this CNET interview with the Android TV lead. You can see the launcher seems to be completely revamped with inline videos. As […]

At Google I/O Google has announced that YouTube’s 360-degree videos are coming soon to TVs, expanding beyond smartphones and web browsers for the first time. “It’s not just about the size of the screen,” YouTube product manager Sarah Ali said before demoing a 360-degree video from Coachella. “It’s about giving you an experience that [traditional] TV […]

GOOOD MORNING! It’s day 1 for Google I/O. We’ll make sure to cover everything we can. Everything begins with the keynote at 10am PST, and we’ll be live blogging everything. Nick FelkerNick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he’s not studying, […]

[Update] We are working on adding support for all podcast platforms On This Podcast Kevin & I discuss Google I/O and what to expect as well as news in the Android TV realm from the last week and everything in between. The Show notes are listed below. Show Notes: Aeotec by Aeon Labs DSA03202W Black […]

Last night while most people were sleeping the US cable network NBC released their app for Android TV. It’s pretty similar in looks to NBC’s other Android app, but made for Android TV. The UI has been adapted for the 10 foot experience with less Leanback styling, but all the same content you’d expect. NBC […]

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. Eqilibre You […]

Have you become a subscriber to YouTube TV? The $35/month package gave users a number of channels, though there were certainly a few that were omitted. Now subscribers will be getting a number of new channels: BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance TV, and WE TV. This will make the service more competitive, offering more at […]

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 […]