Android TV has seen a lot of growth in the past couple of years, and the platform saw a ton of new hardware at CES earlier this year. At the same time, Hisense announced that it would be adopting Google’s platform, and today the company’s first Android TV models are going on sale.
Hisense Stories June 12
Hisense Stories January 8
Hisense is bringing Android TV and Google Assistant to its high-end 4K TVs
Android TV is seeing expansion to a ton of new manufacturers this week at CES 2018, and now Hisense is joining the party with a couple of its high-end 4K TVs.
Hisense Stories September 8, 2015
Rdio adds support for Google Cast for audio, more connected speaker systems & smart TVs
Popular music streaming service Rdio is today announcing an expansion of its support for connected speaker systems and smart TVs, including Google’s new Google Cast for Audio platform introduced earlier this year.
In addition to supporting speakers that integrate Google’s Cast for audio platform, the music service is now available on Harman/Kardon, Denon, and the DTS Play-Fi Whole-Home Wireless ecosystem featuring leading brands such as Definitive Technology, Phorus, Polk Audio and Wren. The company also noted that it’s now available on Samsung smart TVs and arriving soon on smart TVs from LG and Hisense.
Previously Rdio was only available on Sonos speakers and setup boxes like the Apple TV and Google Chromecast.
Rdio is available free with ads or as an ad-free service for $9.99/month unlimited or on certain devices for $3.99/month with a limited number of on demand songs per day.
Hisense Stories January 9, 2014
Although Google TV has not been the company’s most successful venture by any means, that hasn’t stopped several other companies from trying-out the concept. At CES 2014, Hisense is showing off its new set top box, the Pulse Pro. From the outside, it looks very similar to any other set-top box, but what’s interesting is that it’s running what Hisense calls “Android TV v4.” It’s not technically Google TV, although it’s built off of the same foundation. It is capable of running Google TV apps and also features the same PrimeTime Guide (via CNET).
One noticeable difference between the Pulse Pro and other Google TV devices is the home screen design. Everything is laid out in a very image-focused design, with the ability to quickly access Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Video, and more.