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Google Cast and Android TV are coming to even more screens

Android N has new features for TV, and Xiaomi is bringing its 4K-ready Mi Box to the US.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
05.18.16 in AV
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During today's I/O keynote Google just barely squeezed in some notes about Android TV. On stage, while the Cast feature/ecosystem took a starring a role in the new Home device while also expanding from Vizio's TVs to work on screens from Magnavox, Philips, Polaroid, Toshiba, Westinghouse "and more." Picture-in-picture, new APIs for recording live TV and support for 4K / HDR video will all be a part of the Android N upgrade on Android TV, although there's no mention yet of a new Nexus Player with support for things like Ultra HD, or USB 3.0 hookups for external storage.

There's also a new Android TV box on the way from Xiaomi, which announced it will start selling the 4K- and HDR-capable Mi Box in the US and other global markets "soon" (pricing is TBA), joining Sony and Sharp. Over in Europe, Beko, Grundig and Vestel will also begin offering the platform. Google has been making big promises about its plans for TV for several years now, and growing the hardware support is the first step towards making any of that happen.

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