Best Android TV hardware right now: No Nexus Player? No problem


How do you like to get your media fix? With beautiful high-res screens, your favorite TV and movies probably look fantastic on your smartphone, and while that may be fine for catching up with last night's show on the train into town this morning, there are times we just want to kick back and enjoy a really big screen. OK, you could always go with something like the 18.4-inch Samsung Galaxy View, but let's be realistic here: most of you are going to feel more at home watching the content of your choice on a big flatscreen TV.

When you want to move past boring cable options and really take control of your viewing, you've got your pick of streaming services to turn to, but how are you going to access them? Something like a Chromecast gets that job done in a pinch, but if you're looking for a little more of a full-featured media experience, something that incorporates not just streaming video but also access to games and powerful apps, you might find Android TV far more suited to your needs.

This week the Android TV roster is coming up one (very prominent) member short, as Google shuts down sales of its own Nexus Player, and all the retail partners previously affiliated with the Nexus Player report being out of inventory; the days of Google's set-top box are drawing to a close.

But just because you can't pick up a new Nexus Player any longer doesn't mean that you're without good Android TV options; far from it! Not only do you still have some decent hardware to choose from when it comes to Android TV boxes that connect to your existing set, but there are a growing number of new HDTVs out there that feature all that Android TV goodness baked right in. Let's take a look at what we've got to work with in this brave new Nexus-Player-less world:


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7 Comments

1. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah, that's a no-brainier: Shield TV kicks the crap out of everything else.

2. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

I've heard really good reviews about Shield TV.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I agree. Nvidia has already upgrade their Shield TV to Marshmallow supporting Adoptable Storage with monthly security updates. Sony Bravia are still at lollipops 5.1.1 through they have 5 firmware bug fixes. Sony build their TV functions into Android so its cool for those who want that.

4. Krjal

Posts: 425; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I know it's not Android but LG's webOS tvs are great and compatible with a lot of stuff I throw at them from my phone and tablet. At the least they have the best UI

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes. I agree especially with youtube. However, I want Kodi which webOS lack.

5. beartrapmike

Posts: 4; Member since: May 25, 2016

Mykesgarage on ebay

6. Shocky unregistered

The Sony TV's are massively under powered for Android which is a shame, Mediatek MT5595 is fine for basic games and video but that's about it, only 1.5GB of ram to boot. Being on 5.1.1 doesn't really matter, there is no noticeable difference between Android TV versions. Nothing really comes close to Shield TV performance.

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