Android TV

The easiest way to sideload apps on the Nexus Player

Nov 26th - The apps and games that have been approved for Android TV work great on the platform, but few too many developers have made the effort to prepare their wares for the living room experience. Open up the possibilities on the Nexus Player with sideloaded apps. Here’s how to do it.

7 things I love (and hate) and about the Nexus Player

Nov 24th - If you read our Nexus Player review, you already know how we feel about the new media streaming device from Google. With a little more time to stew on things, our opinions have only solidified. Here are 7 things we loved (and hated) about Google’s appealing-but-flawed Android TV flagship.

On using USB devices with the Nexus Player

Nov 20th - In our full review of the Nexus Player, we neglected to put its Micro USB port through its proper paces. Acting on the tips of a few readers, we decided to delve deeper and see if the USB connection was strictly an option roped off for developers. Turns out it’s not…well sort of, anyway.

Nexus Player Review [VIDEO]

Nov 19th - Google is taking another stab at entering your living room with the introduction of Android TV and its flagship device, the Nexus Player. The new platform promises a simplified, content-driven approach to home entertainment, but will a lack of options ultimately doom the Nexus Player’s chances to get a foothold in the market?

Google will screen all Android TV apps before allowing them into Google Play

Nov 17th - In a move that goes completely against what Google has ever done with Android, Google's developer policy for Android TV spells out Google's intentions to screen every app that is submitted before they allow it into Google Play.

11 things new Nexus Player owners should know

Nov 13th - The Nexus Player is a simple machine — so simple you might have finished setting it up and found yourself asking, “What’s next?” While getting up and going with the set-top box’s Android TV interface is easy, we’ve compiled a list of some of the platform’s less obvious features.

Yes, you can play Lollipop’s Android-themed Flappy Bird clone on your Nexus Player

Nov 13th - Google outdid themselves with their latest easter egg, building a Flappy Bird clone right into the source code of Android 5.0 Lollipop. How could they possibly do any better than an Android and Lollipop-themed Flappy Bird clone on your tablet or smartphone? Take it to the living room, of course.

7 great Android TV games for Nexus Player you can play right now without a gamepad

Nov 11th - The Nexus Player is here, and it wants to be more than a streaming box for Netflix and your Google Play downloads. Google has put some serious time into making the Player’s Android TV operating system a viable option when it comes to gaming, even if you didn’t spend the extra $40 up front to purchase an optional gamepad.

You can now publish apps for Android TV in the Play Store

Nov 3rd - Good news for fans of the big screen: you can now publish apps to be used on Android TV right in the familiar confines of the Play Store. Google has published a guide that will help developers get their apps or games into the living room.

[Update: Costs $99] Google announces Nexus Player, the first consumer-ready Android TV device

Oct 15th - Alongside announcements for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 this morning was a revelation of a new device we hadn't heard of. It's called the Nexus Player, and it's the first consumer-ready Android TV set-top box available with Google's latest big screen platform.

Google Cast quietly replaces Chromecast category in Google Play Store

Oct 2nd - If you jump into your Play Store app today, you might notice a small change to the Categories section (located under Apps > Categories tab). What was once the “Chromecast” category has now quietly been renamed to simply “Google Cast.” With Android TV gearing up for a launch soon, it makes perfect sense too. The […]

Google: OEMs forbidden from customizing Android Auto, Wear and TV

Jun 30th - Google has largely allowed OEMs to take Android and do with it what they will for smartphones and tablets, but things could be changing in a big way for the rest of the devices now officially supported by Android.

Reflecting on Google I/O 2014: From our Android community to Android everywhere

Jun 27th - The truth is, even though Google I/O 2014 has come and gone, the best is yet to come. And that’s what’s truly exciting. Before we talk about the future, let’s revisit and reflect on not only the events, but the experiences over the past few days.

Android TV unboxing and first look: specs, pictures, and more [VIDEO]

Jun 26th - Say goodbye to Google TV and hello to the wonder you see us groping in the video inside. This is an unboxing and first look of the Android TV.

You can now signup to learn more about Android Auto and Android TV

Jun 25th - Google announced tons of great new developments at their developers' conference today. You'll probably want to signup to learn more about everything you're interested in.