Android TV is Good Now

While often derided as buggy, slow, and not as good as alternative options like the Apple TV or even the Chromecast, Android TV has been quietly fixing a lot of its problems and adding a pile of features that make it worth a second look. Nearly five years after launch, there are a lot of reasons Android TV might be worth a second look for your living room. Read More >>

Google Made an Android TV Dongle, But it Isn’t for the Likes of You

If you want to remain within Google's ecosystem when smartening up your TV, you have a couple of options: either buy a Chromecast to control the flow of content from another device, or buy a box running Android TV made by a third party. What you can't do is merge the two and get a Google-made dongle device running something heftier than what the Chromecast has to offer. Such a device exists, but Google won't be selling it to you. Read More >>

What to Expect at Google I/O 2018 

Google’s big once-a-year developer conference kicks off Tuesday May 8. While much of Google I/O is meant to support coders and the people who create apps and software for Google’s various platforms, what gets announced at the event will impact anyone who uses Android, Chrome OS, Wear OS, or any of Google’s many first-party apps—so basically everyone. Here are the big announcements we’re expecting to see (and a few things we won’t) at Google I/O 2018. Read More >>

Did the US Communications Commission Just Reveal Google’s Next Streaming Dongle?

Google’s Chromecast devices are handy (and cheap) little dongles for anyone who wants to add streaming functionality to their TV. But since the Chromecast Ultra came out in the fall of 2016, there haven’t been any new Google-branded additions to the family. Read More >>

Battle of the TV Boxes: Android vs Apple vs Amazon vs Roku

If you’re in the market for a dinky little black box to slide under your living room TV set and pipe through some quality content, you’re in luck: there’s lots of them to pick from. All the major names now have established boxes on the market. While Gizmodo is a big fan of the Roku box and everything it can do, it’s not the only media box in town, and it might not even be the perfect box for you. So instead we compared the four major operating systems running in those boxes to help you sort out exactly which platform will best meet your needs. Read More >>

The Nvidia Shield TV (2017) is the Smart Box You Need for Your Dumb Screen

Every Tuesday afternoon, I appear on the BBC Asian Network as the regular “tech expert”, and I try to answer questions that have been sent into the show from listeners. Almost every week I’m asked for advice when it comes to buying a new TV - and almost every time, I resort to what has become my catchphrase: Buy a dumb screen, and plug something smart into it. Read More >>

Six Secrets to Master Your New Android TV

If you just bought a brand new Android TV, or a box that runs the Google OS, you probably want to dive straight in and explore all of the new features. You’ll notice right away that it’s similar to Android for your phone, but built for the big screen. Still, it can occasionally be tricky to navigate. Here are six tips to get you up and running as quickly as possible. Read More >>

Android TV Hacked onto X86 PCs

Fancy trying Android TV for a few minutes before deciding you were right about it all along? There's now a new and easy way to have a look at whatever Google's television ambitions currently resemble, as some clever people have made it all work on a boring old PC like the one under your desk right there. Read More >>

Nvidia Shield TV Box Priced for UK Release Tomorrow

Our US buddies have been playing with (and very much enjoying) the Nvidia Shield TV Android set-top box for a good few months now, and it's finally making its way across the sea to the UK. You'll be able to pick up the Nvidia Shield in our isles as of tomorrow. Read More >>

Touchjet Wave Turns Your Old TV Into an Android Touchscreen

A new gadget is promising to turn your standard TV into a touchscreen Android device for just $99 (about £60). Read More >>

Google’s Putting Some Icing On Its Half-Baked Android TV Cake

Last year, Gizmodo’s Sean Hollister declared Android TV an exciting, beautiful mess. “You should probably steer clear till Google gets its shit together,” he wrote. At I/O, Google’s telling us about an updated Android TV that may indicate that its shit is actually being gathered. Read More >>

Nvidia Shield Review: Do You Want an Android TV Game Console?

I want you to buy the Nvidia Shield, because I’m a selfish prick. If you buy the Nvidia Shield, perhaps developers will actually make games for it—and then I could buy one too. Read More >>

Xiaomi’s New Mi TV 2 is the Best 40-inch Android Smart TV that We Can’t Have

Xiaomi's onslaught of affordable technology continues. The Chinese company has launched its new 40-inch Mi TV 2: a powerful smart TV running an Android-based OS that will sell for as little as £215 – although you won't be able to buy one in the UK. Read More >>

Nvidia Shield Console Hands-On: Yep, That’s One Sleek Set-Top Box

The first Nvidia Shield was a gaming handheld. The second was a powerful Android tablet. Now, Nvidia's going full game console. The new Nvidia Shield is a set-top-box running Android TV, but it's more than that. It's a game console powerful enough to play a port of Crysis 3. And at first blush, it feels like a solid piece of kit. Read More >>

Google’s Finally Letting People Use Phones as Android TV Game Controllers

If you're someone who enjoys using Android TV to play mobile games on the big screen, you probably have a gamepad to do it with. That's about to change though, because Google is finally going to let you use your phone as the controller. Read More >>