Google has officially killed off the Nexus Player, but have no fear as the Android TV platform is far from dying. Here are some viable alternatives that can deliver a media-packed experience to viewers everywhere. ( Justin Sullivan | Getty Images )
The swan song started to play for the Nexus Player just recently, as it got pulled down from the Google Store and other major third-party retailers.
Even though the media streaming device didn’t exactly amaze people, it got the job done right and touched the hearts of many. Fortunately, despite the development, Android TV isn’t going anywhere just yet, as there are a couple of viable alternatives out in the market.
Sony Bravia TV
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Sony has got a nice lineup of television sets that run on Android TV with a good range of prices. The most affordable options on this front are the X830C 4K Ultra HD and the W850C / W800C Full HD series that start out at $699.99.
Sharp Aquos TV
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Just like Sony, Sharp has a good selection too, but the cheapest of the bunch is the 60-inch LC-60UE30U that fetches $1,298.90 at Amazon. In other words, every model with Android TV under this brand will come at a pretty big price. That’s probably because it chose to use 4K on every one, and that means customers who want a lower resolution for a more affordable price should look elsewhere.
Nevertheless, the $7,499 80-inch LC-80UH30U does look impressive, but yes, it’s still pricey.
Razer Forge TV
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Razer has a nifty device that’s targeted at gamers and binge watchers. Called the Forge TV, it houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 along with 2 GB worth of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.
The best thing about it? It’s only $99.99, and there’s a $149.99 bundle available that comes with the Serval Bluetooth controller for PC and Android.
Nvidia Shield Android TV
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Yet another entry that appeals to gamers, the Tegra X1-powered Nvidia Shield Android TV comes with the Shield controller and remote out of the box. To make things all the sweeter, it has 4K support to boot.
However, the price might turn some shoppers away, as the 16 GB model costs $199.99 and the 500 GB variant will hold them back by $299.99. Still, it’s more or less a decent choice.
Xiaomi Mi Box
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The upcoming Xiaomi Mi Box is one of the newest contenders about to enter the fray, packing in a quad-core chip plus 2 GB of RAM to push out 60 fps and support 4K videos. It also has 8 GB of native storage, and if that just isn’t enough, the capacity is expandable via a USB device.
Aside from those factors, what makes it special is the Bluetooth remote with voice recognition technology that comes with it, allowing users to search content, ask about the current show it’s playing and even open apps without the need to hit a button.
It also has something for gamers, as Xiaomi is expected to roll out a Mi Game Controller that’s compatible with the device itself and other Android machines.
However, at this point, there’s still no word about its price.
Well, there you have it. It’s all up to you to pick out which Android TV device will take over your living room — that is, if you missed out on the Nexus Player, or if you’re looking to replace it.
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