(Pocket-lint) – There have been a number of Good TVs prior to now, a few of which a lot smarter than others, however none have actually satisfied us to forego our Apple TVs, Roku containers or video games consoles. They’re nice for individuals who choose to have a tidier AV cupboard (or no cupboard in any respect) however there simply appeared to be extra choices in separate gadgets.
The Philips TV powered by Android vary modifications that although. From our demo on the IFA shopper electronics commerce present in Berlin, it’s clear that we have entered a brand new period in Good TV, redefining what is feasible with out having so as to add any set-top-boxes.
The entire firm’s new 4K UHD TVs shall be Android-enabled, together with the 7900 sequence, 8900 curved sequence and the 9100 sequence which we noticed in motion. All of them have a customized consumer interface based mostly on Android 4.4 KitKat, run on quad-core processors, and a type of Ambilight – Philips’ proprietary rear lighting system that extends the colors on-screen to the wall behind the TV.
A part of the explanation and attraction of Android as its core working system is that the assist units every have entry to the Google Play Retailer in addition to Philips personal SmartTV app platform. That signifies that Android apps appropriate for TV use will be downloaded and put in on the TVs.
There are round 200 apps presently supported. And whereas that is solely a fraction of the million or so out there for Android gadgets, it is as a result of they should work properly on a non-touchscreen machine.
With video games, for instance, most require assist for a Bluetooth or linked video games controller – such because the OnLive Common controller. Some can work with the gesture-centric distant management, however they too must be transformed to be used first.
Philips may be very a lot selling the gaming performance of its new TVs, with Badland coming pre-installed and talks on-going with Gameloft to have a few of its largest titles out there instantly from the field.
Plus, the corporate not too long ago introduced a tie-in with the OnLive service itself, offering direct entry to the lots of of triple-A console high quality cloud streamed titles from the off too.
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Different apps, equivalent to Skype, work in a really totally different method on a pill than is required for a tv, so Philips purposely blocks them from the Play Retailer and infrequently affords a devoted model by itself app retailer. The TVs include a built-in discreet front-facing digicam and the distant incorporates a microphone, so the app must recognise these components to work.
Different main options embrace MyLiveGuard software program that may management your safety system, alarms, safety cameras and even dwelling automation equipment from the TV. Plus, it could hyperlink with the MyLiveGuard app for smartphones and tablets so you possibly can remotely entry all of it too.
If in case you have a Philips Hue lighting system you can too hyperlink it to work in tandem with the TV’s Ambilight capabilities, so the entire room can change color based mostly on the on-screen motion. This was doable in older units, however now it may be set by way of the TV’s menus.
And there’s a separate Philips MyRemote app for iPhone, iPad, iPod contact and Android gadgets that offers larger management over the content material saved on the TV and its many consumer interface choices.
The TVs every include 1.6GB of inner storage for the consumer to fill with downloaded apps, however that’s admittedly small when contemplating among the video games out there. An exterior supply, due to this fact, is ready to be connected by way of USB, both a reminiscence stick or exhausting drive. That method as much as an extra 64GB will be added.
Doing so will even allow customers to pause, rewind and report TV reveals, and these shall be featured within the Android menu too. A final characteristic we noticed was a recommedation system within the TV listings that offers you an concept of future reveals that it thinks you may like based mostly on prior viewing habits.
Naturally, apps equivalent to Netflix and Amazon Immediate Prime shall be out there, with 4K streamed content material the place out there. And the brand new TVs all have HEVC video assist to permit that to occur.
The brand new 4K Extremely HD Philips TVs powered by Android will begin to hit the market within the third quarter of this yr, fairly presumably October we perceive. Costs are but to be revealed.
Writing by Rik Henderson.