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Apple TV application is currently accessible on all Android TV gadgets, as well

Following up on Google’s guarantee from recently, Apple TV is carrying out to more gadgets running Android. Beginning today, the Apple TV app is currently accessible on all modern Android TV gadgets.

Nvidia broke the information on the application showing up on its Shield TV today, yet the good news goes past that. Beginning today, Apple TV is accessible for the “Android TV OS ecosystem,” Google advises us. This implies that any modern Android TV gadget can access the service. The list incorporates your traditional streaming box/stick including any semblance of Xiaomi as well as TVs from TCL, Hisense, and different brands. Already, the application was just accessible on Sony Bravia TVs and Chromecast with Google TV.

We’ve affirmed the application’s accessibility on a Hisense U8G TV running on the standard Android TV platform. The application appears in Play Store search and can be installed right away.

There are no significant limitations to the accessibility either. Google reveals to us that any Android TV gadget running 8.0 Oreo or higher that is not an operator-tier device access to Apple TV beginning today. Try not to anticipate a proper declaration from Google or other OEMs, however the change ought to be live now for everybody.

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TiVo’s first Android TV dongle additionally appears to be its last

Last May, TiVo attempted to muscle in on Roku and Amazon with an HDMI streaming dongle of its own — the $70 TiVo Stream 4K, which traded in the organization’s traditional live TV + DVR functionality for any semblance of Sling TV, Netflix, HBO and YouTube. It presently creates the impression that attempt was so unsuccessful, the organization’s intending to abandon its Android TV dongle efforts completely.

Xperi Holdings CEO Jon Kirchner clarified in an earnings call (through Zatz Not Funny) that it no longer feels it can contend using Android TV — the organization likes to think its differentiator is a content guide that surfaces and allows you to look for shows and films across a variety of apps, however since Google’s now prepared something to that effect into its new “Google TV” layer on top of Android TV and sells it for just $50, TiVo doesn’t see a very remarkable future there.

Instead, says Kirchner, he needs to install TiVo smarts directly in TVs — a procedure that is worked pretty darn well for Roku, and where Amazon has been rivaling Fire TV Edition sets for a few years, as well.

Consider this, however: while the Stream 4K was very much assessed, it wasn’t the UI that reviewers liked. Some of its most glowing reviews called it jumbled or confounding contrasted with the competition, and most inferred that it was okay contrasted with slicker offerings from Roku and Amazon at or under that cost. TiVo dropped the beginning cost of the Stream 4K to $50 at launch, and decreased it to $39 in December after Google’s $50 Chromecast had shown up.

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Google’s Android TV dongle could be just around the corner

Two new Google hardware gadgets have appeared in FCC filings, and as 9to5Google notes, it appears to be likely that they’re identified with the new Android TV product that is supposedly been in progress for some time. Assuming this is the case, the filings could recommend that Google is at long last gearing up to release it soon.

A XDA Developers report in June said that Google was setting up a TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina” that would use Android TV and a traditional remote-driven UI, dissimilar to cell phone controlled Chromecast gadgets. One of the new FCC filings alludes to an “Interactive Media Streaming Device” with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while the other is for a “Wireless Device” with Bluetooth and a power cover, which 9to5Google estimates could be Sabrina and its remote control respectively.

Except if you purchase a TV with the software worked in, there aren’t such a large number of alternatives for Android TV at this moment. There’s the very good quality Nvidia Shield range, which begins at $149.99, or the $59.99 Xiaomi Mi Box S that Google itself advanced several years back, yet that is about it. Xiaomi did likewise simply release a $40-ish Mi TV Stick in India and Europe, which is right now the best way to get Android TV in that form factor.

We’ll need to see whether Google has something all the more compelling on the way. XDA Developers at first revealed that the launch was gotten ready for this mid year, so there’s still an ideal opportunity for Google to hit that window.

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T-Mobile is operating on a streaming gadget using Google’s Android TV

Google’s Android TV platform has been used time and time again by operators, and it appears to be another is going to join the brawl. As prove by a FCC listing, T-Mobile is working on a new “T-Vision” gadget that gives off an impression of being running on Android TV.

While we can’t see the gadget itself in this early listing, the remote is pictured, and it reveals to us a considerable amount about this project. For one, it’s made quickly certain that T-Mobile is building this Android TV gadget for its TVision service.

TVision is a home TV service that costs $90/month and uses a proprietary set-top box to get the service moving on your different TVs through the home. Apparently, T-Mobile settled on the decision to make an Android TV gadget with TVision support so as to all the more likely serve clients who want both live TV and access to services, for example, Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and others. Verizon did likewise.

On the remote, we can see that there are shortcuts for the TVision application, a channel guide, and a DVR. There are additionally volume and channel rockers close by the D-Pad and shortcuts for YouTube and Netflix directly above. What clarifies this is an Android TV gadget, however, is the conspicuous Google Assistant button and the home/back buttons that line up with other Android TV remotes.

Past that, as well, the documents likewise uncover that this hardware is being produced by SEI Robotics, an organization with a long history of creating Android TV hardware. That additionally somewhat infers that the hardware here will be a HDMI dongle, since SEI likewise creates the AirTV Mini and TiVo Stream 4K. We’ll need to keep a watch out on that front, however.

It’s unclear when T-Mobile intends to put this hardware on sale, or how it will coordinate with TVision’s pricing scheme.