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You can install the new Google TV launcher on older ATV devices — but you probably shouldn't - Android Police
It may have been only about 30 minutes, but Google unveiled a bunch of new stuff at yesterday's event. One of the coolest gadgets is the Chromecast with
This story was originally published 2020/10/01 2:38pm PDTon Oct 1, 2020 and last updated 2020/10/02 1:27pm PDTon Oct 2, 2020. It may have been only about 30 minutes, but Google unveiled a bunch of new stuff at yesterday's event. One of the coolest gadgets is the Chromecast with Google TV — an updated Chromecast dongle that comes with a remote and runs special version of Android TV. The app that powers the new Google TV launcher interface has now appeared on the Play Store. It's called Google TV Home, and even though it's possible to install it on existing Android TV devices, it's pretty useless right now unless you have the new Chromecast. Placing this launcher app in the Play Store will allow the new Chromecast device homescreen to get UI tweaks, feature improvements, and more without needing to wait for an entire software update to roll out. Version 1.0.331643392 is the current build available on the Play Store, and it already has more than 5,000 installs. Despite sharing the same icon as the Android TV Home app, the Google TV homescreen is much different. It's built around the idea that people want to spend less time bouncing between different streaming service apps and more time actually watching stuff. In order to accomplish this goal, Google mixes in content from all your favorite apps and services together on the homescreen — although you can disable this if you prefer the old way of doing things. Ready to check out that new interface for yourself? There are a couple ways to do it. The easy way is to download the Google TV Home app from APK Mirror onto your Android TV. Then you'll need to download this third-party app that allows you to launch alternative launchers on Android TV — you can't start the Google TV launcher without it. Using this method, you can go into the new Google TV interface, but it's not really worth it. Most of the new smart features like recommendations don't seem to be working. While the overall homescreen is functional, recommendations aren't showing up for many users, and the search experience is pretty much broken. The apps section is functional, though, and shows on-device apps in your library along with Play Store apps. The library tab displays the new watchlist, movies and TV shows purchased on the Play Store, and DVR content from YouTube TV. Left: the menu panel opens from the side Right: You can pick up to 10 apps to display on the homescreen. There's no Now Playing UI that shows up while listening to music. And while the account panel opens up from the side, nothing in it really works. Overall, it's not really usable on existing Android TV devices right now — although your mileage may vary, and that may well change later on. There is a more difficult way to install the GTV launcher that involves uninstalling the default launcher and using ADB commands. It might unlock more functionality, but I wouldn't recommend going that way unless you're confident in yourself. Google TV is the future of Android in the living room, and the company plans to upgrade eligible devices to the new experience at some point down the line. Is the new Chromecast with Google TV worth buying now if you already have an older device? Check out our full review to find out for yourself.
Google's upcoming Nest Audio speakers should cost less than $100 - Android Police
Google is poised to launch its new lineup of smart home products on September 30, and one of the new additions will be a smart speaker branded under the
Google is poised to launch its new lineup of smart home products on September 30, and one of the new additions will be a smart speaker branded under the Nest Audio name. Earlier this summer we heard rumors about a premium Google Home successor and got an early, unflattering look when the device passed through the FCC. Google gifted us a video last month, and just a few days ago, the branding for the speaker was uncovered. Now we've got official product photos and some exclusive details to share. The Nest Audio-branded smart speaker will come in five colors: Charcoal, Chalk, Sage, Sand, and Sky. Measuring in at 6.88 x 4.88 x 3.07 inches and weighing 2.64 lbs, it's a good deal chunkier than the original Google Home it's replacing. Like the company's previous smart home products, it sports four LED lights on the front that illuminate when listening to commands. There's also a physical switch to kill the microphone on the back. And as we learned previously, Google is going with a proprietary charging cable rather than the more ubiquitous USB-C. We can also confirm that the Nest Audio speaker is set to retail for $99.99 in the US, though that could change before the launch later this month. For a price significantly less than the original Google Home in 2016, its successor seems like it'll land on many wish lists this holiday season thanks to its Assistant integration, better audio quality, and a design that looks good no matter where it's placed. I know I'll be listening with eager ears to hear more about the Nest Audio speaker come September 30.
RHA's latest true wireless earbuds sound better, last longer, and cost less than the originals - Android Police
Audio brand RHA has long made headphones of high repute, but we were a little disappointed with its first attempt at true wireless earbuds. The British
Audio brand RHA has long made headphones of high repute, but we were a little disappointed with its first attempt at true wireless earbuds. The British company is back with a second offering, and the TrueConnect 2 outdo the originals in a number of key areas — including better battery life and enhanced sound — while also costing less. The first generation TrueConnect could go five hours on a single charge or 25 altogether with the extra juice in the case. These follow-up earbuds are able to manage nine hours with a further 35 in the case (so 44 in total) which pits them against the best in the category. A quick 10-minute top-up equates to an hour of playback, and the seemingly unchanged flip case itself charges over USB-C. As well as vastly improved battery life, RHA says its latest earbuds also offer a refined sound signature, although there's still no aptX support, which was a complaint Ryan had of the previous model. Physical buttons have been swapped out for capacitive touch panels on either earbud, allowing for a wider variety of controls such as play/pause, answer/end calls, volume up/down, and access to voice assistants. While there's no active noise-cancellation for audio, the mics are able to block out some unwanted noise pollution to enhance call quality, and the snug fit should make for decent passive isolation. An IP55 rating ensures protection from the elements or sweat, but you'll also get an international three-year warranty just in case anything goes wrong. A 12-meter range is promised thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity. A range of silicone ear tips is supplied in the box along with a USB-C charging cable. The RHA TrueConnect 2 are available today in black or navy for $150 (£130/€160), which is $20 cheaper than their predecessor.