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Razer Android TV

At Google I/O, the first hardware to run Google's new Android TV software was announced, including a gaming-centric "micro console" from Razer.

25 June 2014

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Android TV

Google is taking yet another shot at a living room software platform with Android TV, which runs on the upcoming Android L platform.

25 June 2014

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Sony Xperia Z2

Sure, it costs a bundle, but the Sony Xperia Z2 is everything you should expect from a top-end phone. Its impressive performance rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 for smartphone top dog, but the Z2's slick glass and metal design trumps the S5's plastic body. If you're looking for both style and substance from a phone, you've come to the right place.

14 April 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating 14 April 2014
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Philips TVs combine Android, 4K resolution with moody backlighting

TP Vision, trying to find a way to excite TV buyers, reveals three models at the IFA trade show that marry Google's smart-TV technology with lots of pixels.

By 4 September 2014

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With Android TV, Google takes third shot at television

The search giant rejoins the race to become an entertainment hub, with help from Sony, Sharp, Asus, and Razer.

By 25 June 2014

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Google ready to launch simplified Google TV dubbed 'Android TV'?

The company is getting ready to unveil an Apple TV-like set-top box that's "all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction," according to a new report that quotes what it says are internal Google documents.

By 5 April 2014

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​All-new Android TV in action​ at Google I/O

CNET's Scott Stein gets a look at the new Android TV. The new user interface offers better integration with a smartphone, smartwatch, and tablet, plus new voice search capabilities for better discovery of TV shows.

By 25 June 2014

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Google Play Games will be at core of Android TV gaming

Google's mobile gaming hub has grown by 100 million users. Now, its ready to span all your devices with Android TV.

By 25 June 2014

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Google to turn on new set-top boxes with Android TV software

The search giant plans to go head-to-head with Apple, Roku, and Amazon with set-top boxes that can stream media and play games, sources tell CNET.

By 25 June 2014

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Riptide GP2 game indicates Android TV really is coming

A fleeting reference in a videogame update backs up the expectation that Google's set-top box will debut Wednesday at its Google I/O conference.

By 25 June 2014