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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV box – the new SHIELD device you can get at a decent price

NVIDIA SHIELD, the Android TV powered by a Tegra X1 chip, was recently unveiled at MWC and it appears it will officially come out in May. NVIDIA always puts its own twist on everything Android and this does not make any difference, considering this is a modified Android TV box.


Nvidia Shield


The SHIELD device has support for native 4K 60Hz video signals and access to NVIDIA GRID game streaming tech. Under the black and green chassis you will find a potent Tegra X1 ARM system on a chip with one Maxwell GPU (256-cores).


SHIELD remote


The device has a small remote with one dedicated voice search button that you can optionally buy for a decent amount of cash, of course. When it comes to gaming, the SHIELD will also be compatible with an existing controller. NVIDIA is planning on curating important Android games in its own SHIELD Store, and among the titles you will soon play on this console/ Android TV box you can find Doom 3 BFG Edition, Crysis 3and Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel. There are also games in the cloud aimed at at the moment.


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The GRID system will support 1080p streaming at 60 fps on fast connections, an improvement from the 720p with 30 fps it runs on at the moment. It will become available in two subscription offers, namely basic (720p) and premium (1080p). The subscriptions include already existing games but you will have to buy top tier AAA games yourself.


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  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB RAM
  • Video Features: 4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (VP9, H265, H264)
  • Audio Features: 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI, High-resolution audio playback up to 24-bit/192kHz over HDMI and USB, High-resolution audio upsample to 24-bit/192hHz over USB
  • Storage: 16GB, MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards)
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth: 4.1/BLE
  • Interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, Two USB 3.0 (Type A), Micro-USB 2.0
  • IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
  • Gaming Features NVIDIA GRID streaming service, NVIDIA GameStream
  • Weight: 23oz / 654g
  • Height: 5.1in / 130mm
  • Width: 8.3in / 210mm
  • Depth: 1.0in / 25mm




NVIDIA SHIELD box will be available for purchase starting May and it will have a price tag of $199. This price will include the SHIELD controller that you can separately buy of $60 now.

Source: NVIDIANews


[CES 2015] Sony announces new BRAVIA TV line with built-in Android TV

Sony is changing its business plan a bit when it comes to TVs and now it is launching Bravia TVs running on Android TV. The announcement was made at CES and below you can see what the fuss is all about.


These new TVs run on Android TV and present different types of inputs and live TV that act in a similar manner to ROKU HDTVs on the market. The devices include built-in apps for photo sharing and playing with controllers on different consoles.

The 2015 Bravia line includes 14 different television sets at different sizes and prices.


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The XBRX900C series is extremely thin and has 4k resolution devices. The thinnest point in these TVs is 4.9 mm and they run on the Sony X1 processor. This series includes 55” and 65” X900C TVs, the 75” X910C model, the 65” X930C model and the 75” X940C model.

The XBR X800C series is cheaper and has smaller 4k TVs with the same resolution, but much thicker. You will find the 43” and 49” X830C models and 55”, 65” and 75” X850C models.


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The KDL series is the lowest quality series of the bunch with standard 1080p screens and less audio and video features.  They do retain Android TV and Sony software. You will find them under the codes 50W850C for the 50” model, 55W850C for model 55”, 65W850C for model 65” and 75W850C for model 75”.

The Bravia line is being released in the spring of 2015. Prices are not known yet but, considering Sony makes some of the most expensive devices on the market, think somewhere between $1000 to $4000.

Source: Sony Press

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[CES 2015] Sharp presents new expensive 4K UHD TVs with Android TV function

Sharp is working on the first 4k UHD TVs with Android TV built-in, as fficials announced today. Google’s Android box is not alone anymnore as the CES 2015 brings about the announcement of the first two 4k UHD TVs with Android TV built-in.


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The new 4K UHD TV comes in three versions – specifically the UE3, UB30 and UH30. The UB 30 is the smaller, cheaper version where you will not be experiencing Android TV. The UE30 version is the premium option where you will be finding the following:

  • 60” (diag.), 70” (69.5” diag.), 80” Class screen sizes
  • 4K Ultra HD: 4X the pixel resolution of Full HD
  • Revelation™ Upscaler
  • 4K Ultra HD Streaming (HEVC/h.265; VP9)
  • AquoMotion™ 480
  • AquoDimming™
  • SmartCentral™ 4.0
  • Android TV platform
  • 4K Ultra HD Specs (HDMI 2.0; HDCP 2.2)
  • 70″ (69.5” diag.) has 16% more screen area than a 65″ (64.5” diag.) Class; 80″ (diag.) has 50% more screen area than a 65″ (64.5” diag.) Class TV
  • Modern Design – ultra slim bezel, sleek stand
  • Dual Stand Placement Options (70” diag./80” diag.)
  • Wallpaper Mode
  • Quad-core processor
  • 4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi
  • MSRP 60” Class LC60UE30: $1,999.99
  • MSRP 70” Class LC70UE30: $2,799.99
  • MSRP 80” Class LC80UE30: $5,399.99


The UH30 is the best option around ansd you will get a touchpad remote, some more ports and better post-processing too. Below you can see the full description:

  • 70” (69.5” diag.) and 80” (diag.) Class Screen Sizes
  • THX 4K-Certified Picture Quality (THX certification pending 70” (69.5” diag.) only
  • SPECTROS™ Rich Color Display
  • Revelation™ Upscaler
  • 4K Ultra HD Streaming (HEVC/h.265; VP9)
  • 4K Ultra HD Specs (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2)
  • AquoMotion™ 960
  • AquoDimming™
  • SmartCentral™ 4.0
  • Android TV platform
  • 70″ (69.5”) diag. has 16% more screen area than a 65″ (64.5” diag.) Class.; 80″ (diag.) has 50% more screen area than a 65″ Class
  • Modern Design – ultra slim bezel, sleek stand
  • Dual Stand Placement Options
  • Wallpaper Mode
  • Quad-core processor
  • Touchpad Remote
  • 4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi
  • MSRP 70” Class LC70UH30: $3,199.99
  • MSRP 80” Class LC80UH30: $5,999.99


These Sharp devices are really expensive though, which means Android TV is not necessarily the top selling point. If you are looking for the Android TV experience, you can get it pretty cheap with a $99 add-on box, but if you have the budget and the desire to own a TV with all the features, go ahead and try a Sharp!

Source: BusinessWire

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Santa Tracker 2.0 – count down the days until Santa comes to town and spend some time solving his puzzles!

Santa Tracker 2.0 is finally in town, and just before the holidays, go figure! The tracker presents a new interface, much different from the one from next year’s version, and Santa will be in touch with all his good kids and elves too once more!

Maps is giving a hand in the endeavor as all the rosy-cheeked little ones will be able to see just where Santa is and how long it may take him to get to them.


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The app is also compatible with Android Wear and it supports Android TV and Chromecast too.



Your child can enjoy some nice puzzles, games and quizzes while keeping an eye on the huge clock showing him/her just how long they have to wait until Santa visits them.

The app is free on Google Play Store and you  will find it compatible with all Android devices too.


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Google to screen and approve Android TV apps before launching them in Play Store

Android TV apps will have to be approved and screened by Google before becoming available in the Play Store. There are few details known regarding the reason behind this decision, but don’t paint Google in evil colors just yet.

There is no indication that this new policy will affect Android and Android Wear devices and apps because it will probably not be in Google’s interests to do so. If screening and approving apps will make them better and more viable choices for users, then it means that this decision is for the best.

This decision could be an attempt at producing better results with Android TV than with its predecessor, Google TV. That one had sufficient horrible apps to last a lifetime. Google may be learning from its mistakes and, even if Android TV is still at the beginning, the future seems bright.

Source: Androidpolice


Google Play Games gets makeover to match Android TV

Google Play Games is getting a makeover to make it match the Android TV and you can download it ahead of official roll out! Play Games already received its upgrade for the Android TV, and now all other app versions are getting the update to match.

This UI heavy update is responsible for making the app fully material, which means a new icon; new animations and some new and vibrant colors will be bringing your screen to life. The app now has a bolder visual design and new game profile levels and titles that help you brag about your gaming expertise.

You can upgrade your Google Play Games with the official APK or wait for a few more days for the official update. The update has version number 2.1.17 and is available for all smartphones with Android 2.3 and up.

Source: Androidpolice


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