Android TV: Updates, Games On Sale & Unofficial Android TV

Netflix

This week has seen a number of smaller updates and Android TV announcements coming through. Of course, the biggest one came through yesterday when the Android team confirmed that Netflix is gaining universal search support on Android TV. This will likely be an extremely welcomed feature by the Android TV community, as it is one which has been asked about for some time. Which is not surprising as due to the large Netflix user-base and the app's high compatibility with Android TV, it seems strange to have taken so long for it to arrive. Either way, those who use Netflix will now be able to find content, easier, quicker and more intuitively on Android TV.

VLC

Moving on and the VLC for Android app received an update this week. One which introduced a number of new features and also merged the Android TV look with the normal Android app look. Which essentially means that you can now run the Android TV interface on any other Android device you own which also is running the app. If you prefer the look and style of the Android TV version and would rather have the interface synced across all your devices, now you can.

Google Play Movies & TV

Last week also saw the news that Google Play Movies & TV was receiving an update. While not the biggest of updates, it was one which brought with it one notably improvement. In short, the on-screen controls have now changed to be more fluid, user intuitive and take up less of the TV screen. While the update was announced last week and an APK was available to download since then, this week saw the update arriving on the Google Play Store. In case you haven't managed to see it arrive on your device yet.

Games on sale

If you own the NVIDIA SHIELD and are after a new game then it looks like a few options dropped in price this week. The recently released Ultimate Chicken Horse is currently on sale with 50% off. As this was an $11.99 priced game, you can currently now pick it up for only $5.99. Alternatively, JUJU is also on sale with 50% off its usual $9.99 price, meaning it can be picked up now for only $4.99 and The Great Wobo Escape (also 50% off) is down from its usual $4.99 price to its current $2.49 price. These three games do only work with the SHIELD, but if you own a different Android TV device, then Octodad: Dadliest Catch is also on sale with 40% off, which makes it currently available for only $2.99.

Unofficial Android TV for PCs

One very interesting Android TV-related announcement which came through this week was an unofficial one. Geek Till It Hertz posted a couple of videos highlighting an unofficial version of Android TV which was modified to run on a PC. Essentially, giving you the interface and general Android TV experience, but on any PC, tablet or otherwise. As this is an unofficial version, there are bugs and other aspects which are not generally working, but overall Geek Till It Hertz notes that most things work pretty well. A video released by the YouTuber highlights the various aspects that do and do not work and you can check out the video below.

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