As expected, Amazon took the wraps off its own set-top box today. Dubbed Amazon Fire TV, the $99 gadget will compete with the likes of Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku 3 in today’s competitive marketplace.
In addition to the usual array of content streaming tricks, the Amazon Fire TV packs solid gaming capabilities. Read more »
Google’s smart HDMI stick Chromecast, which turns any HDMI-capable TV into a smart TV with streaming capabilities from Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and Google Play movies among others, has become officially available outside of the US.
The device goes on sale today in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, with localized streaming services for many of those countries. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast topped Amazon sales charts – it’s a small, cheap HDMI stick that streams video and music on your TV. But those use Google’s media library, Amazon can’t let that stand – and, apparently, it won’t.
Amazon subsidiary and designer of the Kindle, Lab126, is reportedly working on just such an HDMI stick. Read more »
This weekend we set out to get your thoughts on the hottest products from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and now that we have the results it’s time to see what you guys liked and what disappointed you.
While the overall tone remained excited there were things you guys weren’t really thrilled about. This year’s CES brought the first real non-compromises mini smartphone from the Android camp, some exciting slates from Samsung, a new take at smartwatch design by Pebble and more. Read more »
Sony has launched a new ultra short throw projector that is able to produce a 4K resolution image at up to 147-inches.
The projector features both powered focus and powered zoom at up to 1.6x, has 4 HDMI inputs, as well as ethernet, IR, and USB inputs. Read more »
Philips has officially announced that it will be coming up with Android-powered Smart TVs later this year. The company has also confirmed that its new television sets, which will be named Ambilight TVs, will have full access to Google Play Store as well as the firm’s own Smart TV apps.
The upcoming TVs from Philips are said to be powered by a quad-core chips that can handle intensive HD games without any hassle. Read more »
Samsung’s new line of Ultra HD TVs will offer more than just higher resolution; they will also come with the ability to stream 4K video from various online services.
So far Amazon, Netflix, Comcast/Xfinity, M-Go, and DirecTV are all on board and cooperating with Samsung to allow their high-res content to stream through the Smart Hub app: the built-in software on the Korean manufacturer’s televisions. Read more »
Qualcomm has officially taken wraps of its Snapdragon 802 processor that is designed exclusively for streaming 4K content on your televisions. The semi-conductor giant also introduced its Snapdragon 602A chipset to improve the infotainment in cars.
The Snapdragon 802 is a SoC with quad-core CPU that shares a lot with the company’s Snapdragon 800 and 805 mobile processors. Read more »
LG has kicked things off at this year’s CES with its latest 4K OLED TVs. Part of the EC9800 series, the company has 55″, 65″ and a 77″ panels for visitors of the show to ogle.
As you’d imagine, the most interesting of the new family is the 77EC9800, which with its huge 77″ screen diagonal and 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution should be a welcome guest in any living room. All of the models also feature a slight curve of their OLED panels, which helps reduce reflections. Read more »
Last year, after doing pretty much nothing with it, HP decided to sell the rights to WebOS to LG, who did something completely unexpected and decided to put it in its TVs instead.
Now, eleven months since that happened, we are finally getting a first glimpse at LG’s first TV running WebOS. Courtesy of evleaks, the image shows a gorgeous looking panel with an integrated stand and nearly nonexistent bezel around the screen. Read more »
After showcasing the massive 85-inch 4K or UHDTV earlier this year, Samsung is upping the ante with a positively gargantuan 110-inch version. Featuring the same framed floating panel design, the new 110-inch model goes on sale today in China, Middle East and a few European countries.
The 110-inch behemoth is the largest of its kind and at 2.6m width and 1.8m height, it’s bigger than a king-size bed. The 110-inch model will have all the features of the (comparatively) smaller 85-inch model. Read more »
Sony and Panasonic will be terminating their joint venture for developing OLED television screens. The farewell decision comes on the back of some poor financial quarters for both the firms in the recent times.
Both Japanese manufacturers will now focus on building their own conventional liquid crystal display, which will be used for the increasingly popular 4K ultra high definition televisions. Read more »
LG has announced that the popular music streaming service Spotify will soon be coming to its Smart TVs. The app will be compatible will all the 2013 models and the service is expected to go live in the next couple of days.
However, you would require a premium Spotify subscription to stream the music. The paid membership gives you access to use the service across smartphones, tablets and other platforms such as TV’s and connected devices. Read more »
Google in association with HBO has brought a couple of popular TV shows to the Play Store. The new deal has allowed the search engine giant to include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Girls and Veep on the Google Play service for the first time.
The Play Store will also stream a couple of older shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos and Band of Brothers in the coming week. Read more »
Panasonic has officially announced that it will no longer produce plasma display panels. The decision has been expected and it was motivated with the desire to help the growth of company in other segments of the market.
As a result of the new strategy, Panasonic will stop the production of the plasma display panels from December 2013. Read more »