Google starts testing new ad-targeting service for Fiber TV in Kansas City

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In a press release published earlier today, Google announced that it’s now testing local ads with mobile-like ad-targeting for its Fiber TV service in Kansas City.

This ad delivery process pretty much resembles the manner in which ads are targeted for mobile devices, by way of enabling publishers to set specific requirements for their ads; for example, not being displayed on the same device more than once, or only being shown on units that have viewed technology-related content.


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Android TV wave spells the end for Google TV

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The Google TV and Android TV teams took to Google+ today to announce the end of the road for the development on the Google TV platform. As the team indicates in their open “letter” to Google TV developers, the focus going forward will be working on the Android TV platform and helping OEMs get them to market. Much of this new focus is driven by the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the ability to bring Android to the television form factor. In addition to Android TV, Google’s own development team will be working on the Google Cast ecosystem.
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Android TV Launcher update brings much-needed bug fixes

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Google has today rolled out an update via the Play Store for its official Android TV Launcher application. The upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, in fact, it doesn’t bring anything at all, but it does transport a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations all aimed at eliminating the nasty experiences users have been reporting.

If you own either a Nexus Player or any other version of Android TV, you’re eligible for this upgrade. All you have to do is navigate to the Play Store on your device, head into My Apps, select Android TV Launcher and hit the green Update button, then you should be good to go.

Source: Google Play

 

Nexus Player pre-order facility withdrawn from the Play Store

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Earlier today, Google published a pre-order page for its new Nexus Player on the Play Store to invite eager Android enthusiasts to reserve themselves a set-top box prior to its official release. Unfortunately, though, within a couple of hours of going live, an “out of inventory” message appeared on the website.

This brief note left many of us confused. The most popular hypothesis put forward was that Google had run out of $20 Play Store Gift Cards to award to each customer who pre-ordered the unit in the United States and Canada as promised by the search engine giant. But, as it turns out, that wasn’t the case.


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Possible 10.3-inch Android TV box hits benchmark site

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A recent addition to GFX Bench’s database includes the “Google Nexus Foo,” which seems to be causing quite a few of us in the tech community to be scratching our heads today.

At first, you’d think the 10.3-inch (Full HD 1080 x 1920) device is a tablet, but then when you see it runs Android Wear (KKWT), you’ll start to get a bit confused. The device has no touchscreen, no accelerometer, no barometer, no GPS, no compass, no gyroscope, no light sensor, no NFC,  or  no proximity sensor — only Bluetooth and WiFi are included.


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Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

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To access your purchased Google Play Movies content, you previously had to go to the Google Play Movies & TV application.

But today, Google has updated its YouTube app to now integrate Google Play Movies & TV, allowing you to access your purchased videos straight from YouTube.

Check out the “Purchases” screen after the break.


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