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Carlszone



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PostSubject: Google TV News   Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:21 pm

Hi

Welcome to the first edition of Google TV News on The Community. No matter what name Google decides to call this platform, it will always be GTV to me. As w/Webtv, the name MSNTV just didn't click for long time users.

So, Google TV for the purposes of this thread will refer to Android TV and will include all devices, TVs and related news, but should be not limited to this platform. News, posts and info on other competing streaming devices as they relate to GTV would be welcomed.

Thank You

Carl

PS: Please feel free to post news articles. I will begin posting after the 7 day waiting period for posting links.
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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:23 pm

wel Glad you could make it Carl, and we'll be looking forward to the articles and discussions that will ensue.


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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:14 am

I saved some of the last articles posted, did you want them posted here? Or do you think they're no longer up -to -date, Carl?

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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:53 pm

Yes!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:01 pm

Welcoming the activity !

With a Google bot in residence , many may stop by . thumbsup pcwave 

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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:26 am

PC Mag: Report: Android TV to Replace Google TV Brand

By David Murphy October 13, 2013 12:37pm EST

Farewell, Google TV? According to a report, the search giant is officially abandoning the Google TV brand.

It's important that we clarify that it's just the brand designation that's going away. Google-based television services will indeed continue onward; they just won't be called Google TV anymore. According to GigaOm, Google hasn't officially confirmed anything, but unnamed partners are saying that Google will now rebrand its efforts as "Android TV."

Meanwhile, a number of partners simply aren't using the "Google TV" moniker anymore, preferring instead to describe their various televisions as being able to access "the latest Google services" for televisions. A number of Google's own developers aren't even using the Google TV branding. Take, for example, a recent "Android TV Developer Day" event scheduled in Seoul, or the various Google employees who have now started to refer to themselves as being affiliated with "Android TV" instead of Google TV across various social media sites.

Google TV first hit the market in Oct. 2010 via the Logitech Revue. Since then, it's been a bit of a struggle to keep the iteration of Android that powers Google TV up to date compared to the iterations of the OS found on the world's various mobile and tablet devices.

The company announced in May that Android 4.2.2 would come Google TV within a few months; LG seems to be the first major manufacturer taking Google up on its offer, with an update likely scheduled to arrive later in October. Other manufactures, however, will be updating their devices later.

However, once manufacturers push into the new Android territory, it will presumably be easier for them to update to successive iterations of Android – like KitKat (4.4) — going forward. That does depend on manufacturer timelines, although Google is allegedly relaxing its requirements for those looking to use Google TV in their devices. According to GigaOm, Google initially required those making use of Google TV to include a QWERTY keyboard with their devices, in addition to meeting various hardware requirements.

"The next generation of Android TV devices running Google services could possibly be a lot more customized, with manufacturers picking and choosing from a range of services and apps," the blog said.

For now, Google has seen success with its $35 Chromecast dongle, which allows users to "cast" Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Hulu Plus from a PC or mobile device to the TV.
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PostSubject: LG Google TV update drops Flash but delivers more Play Store apps  HD   Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:36 pm

Engadget: LG Google TV update drops Flash but delivers more Play Store apps  HD

By Sharif Sakr Posted Oct 25th, 2013 at 1:29 PM


Owners of LG Google TVs having been waiting on this Android 4.2.2 update for a good while. Not only does it bring relief from the sickly sweetness of Honeycomb, with no ROM hackery required, but it also adds NDK support, allowing more apps and games to run on the big screen and to be controlled by the Magic Remote (see the video below for more). One downside is that update switches out the original desktop-style Chrome browser with the Android version instead, which won't do much good for Flash-based content, but the browser does gain better HTML5 support and a new Vudu app as compensation. According to Android Police, the refresh has reached some GS6400 users already and is expected to roll out to other models over the coming days.



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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:36 pm

Thank You Carl for posting Android TV news again!Glad to see you back in action.Take care,Carolina Mike! thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:34 am

Hi Mike from the SC

Great hearing from ya!

Thanks

Carl
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PostSubject: Re: Google TV News   Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:22 pm

CNET Reviews Digital Media Receivers Vizio digital media receivers Vizio Co-Star LT

CNET: Vizio Co-Star LT Allows Cable Picture-In-Picture


With the ongoing popularity of the Roku family and the Apple TV it's natural for AV manufacturers to want to take a piece of the action. While most TV manufacturers have a similar box, devices such as Sony's NSZ-GS8 are based on the much-maligned Google TV platform. Unfortunately for the well-known search giant, people never took to its set-top box due to a combination of obtuse early software and high-profile spats with content producers and manufacturing partners.

Vizio, after releasing its own Google TV box last year, has shifted to its inhouse smart TV suite for its newest box: the Co-Star LT Stream Player. Vizio claims its VIZIO Internet Apps Plus is "more intuitive" and comes with several streaming options including Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube and VUDU.

Whether you will find this more intuitive is a matter of contention as many Vizio apps are based on Yahoo Apps and I found have a very widgety feel to them. Native applications like Netflix provide a more satisfying experience.

The device also takes advantage of the recent changes to Netflix and YouTube mobile apps that enable users to "swipe" content to the device. While Vizio calls this "second screen" this is not a Vizio-specific feature and is what allows competitors like the Chromecast to function.

Unusually for a cheaper set-top the Co-Star LT also incorporates an HDMI input so that users can browse apps while still watching live TV. Additionally it comes with a USB port for media playback from compatible devices.

Given that at $79.99 the Vizio sits in the middle of Roku's cheapest and most expensive options it'll be interesting to see if an HDMI input is enough to woo existing Roku users. Given the popularity of Roku and its comparative selection of apps, early indications are "No".

By Ty Pendlebury

Ty Pendlebury joined CNET's New York office in 2011 after five years as CNET.com.au's Home Theater specialist. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and has also written for PC magazines and music press.
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