Google announces new Android TV and Google Cast partners


  • alexb88

    I’m still waiting for a new Nexus Player with 4K!

    • That would be the SHIELD AndroidTV

    • alexb88

      I thought about it, but I prefer sticking to the Nexus line. Plus the Shield is fairly expensive IMO.

    • Karl Dagenais

      Can’t really put 4k and inexpensive together at this point…

    • alexb88

      Not true. Those no-name Android boxes do 4K, like the Matricom G-Box Q and a ton of other ones you can find on Amazon. A lot of them are under $100. If those boxes ran Android TV and doubled as a Chromecast, I’d get one.

      The Shield is expensive because it’s intended for gaming and has the hardware for that purpose. All I use my Nexus Player for is watching movies and TV shows, listening to music over my home theatre and as a Chromecast. I wouldn’t pay 3x what I paid for my Nexus Player just for 4K.

    • Karl Dagenais

      Sure, but considering those boxes never get updates and require a mouse/keyboard combo, I don’t see them as viable options in my living room (wife and kids acceptance factor < 0).

      That said, if it works for you, that's awesome.

    • Adderbox76

      No keyboard and mouse required. There are USB air-remotes loose in the wild that work flawlessly in combination with the Kodi onscreen keyboard. I’ve set up more than a few for friends and family. With the right apps (Kodi and xbmc-launcher), and some set up, those cheap boxes look better and work better dollar-for-dollar than more expensive options.

  • Craig M.

    I just want an affordable Android TV box with ethernet

    • Karl Dagenais

      The razer forge tv is a good choice, as long as you don’t need netflix…

    • Craig M.

      Definitely need Netflix. Forge TV is still ~200 CAD.
      Waiting for Nexus Player 2.0 I guess…

    • Am read one Google+ that the Razer Froga should have got Netflix alredy you need to downloads it frome play store only.

  • danbob333

    I wonder if Samsung will be the Nokia/Blackberry of smart TV makers, relying on an outdated proprietary OS while the competition moves onto a new platform that will end up dominating.

  • GJ

    I bought a smaller 43 inch Sony 4k and I freaking love it. Its IPS making it a perfect computer monitor at 4k low input lag from the mouse. It has built in android TV so I installed kodi with spinztv. Its also an amazing gaming monitor I can scale down to 1080p and bump the hertz to 120 for counter strike.