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By Kuschelmonschter
#7802 After having spent about 3 months with my new Sony Android TV, I felt this deep desire to write a little review. Find it under the following link.

The Sony Android TV Experience (Marshmallow/2017)

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[EDIT] Update to Marshmallow
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By Rasmus Larsen
#7805 That's a very good write-up. Thanks. I enjoyed reading it.

So far, at least seen in retrospect, Sony's flirt with Google's Android TV has not been very succesfull, to say the least. Many of us probably also remember the major delay that hit Sony's entire 2015 TV line-up. It saddens me a little that Sony didn't actually update the processor of the spring 2016 TV line-up, especially because they promised to support at least VP9 Profile 2 (which I hope they will after an update, otherwise Sony lied at CES).
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By Rasmus Larsen
#7806 Another thing. I'm hearing that next year's MediaTek "MT5597" (may be called something different in the final TVs, but think of it as the generation after MT5891) will be a quad-core 64bit chip that supports all three HDR formats; HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision.

It is built for Android TV 7.0. That will probably be included in some of the 2017 models (spring or fall, I can't say).
By Kuschelmonschter
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Sony didn't actually update the processor of the spring 2016 TV line-up, especially because they promised to support at least VP9 Profile 2 (which I hope they will after an update, otherwise Sony lied at CES).

If you have a look at the WebM G2 VP9 decoder IP, you'll recognize that it always featured 10-bit 4:2:0 support. So hopefully MT5890 already has the respective configuration.
By nbpf
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Kuschelmonschter wrote:After having spent about 3 months with my new Sony Android TV, I felt this deep desire to write a little review. Find it under the following link.

The Sony Android TV Experience


Thanks for your survey, it was extremely helpful! I am looking for a small, high quality 40 to 49 inches TV. A few months ago I went to a Sony showroom and played a little bit around with a 49'' device running 5.1. Bluntly said, my impression was that the OS was unusable. I might be overly critical but your survey seems to partly support my impression. Last week I played around with a most recent 49'' device running 6.0. The impression was that the OS had improved: better responsiveness, cleaner user interface. Unfortunately, the remote was still the same. I am not going to buy any Sony TV until they get rid of the silly Netflix button on their remotes. Still, I would be very interested in knowing whether 6.0 has brought more substantial improvements to Android TV beside better responsiveness and a slightly cleaner user interface.
By nbpf
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Kuschelmonschter wrote:I will update the review with my impressions of Android 6 Marshmallow as soon as I get my hands on it.

Thanks, I very much appreciated your original review.
By Vispen74
#8071 Great review!
To bee honest, even if Android TV has a lot of bugs, compatibility problems and limitations today, it is still the best alternative for a real smart TV. This because of the number of apps today and if you miss something it is just to Sideload the apk-file for the app.
I really wish that Android TV will success before it dies out, that it will if not the speed of development keeps up and also the makers updating the OS quickly. Hopefully there will also be more Android TV units on the market, TVs as well as TV boxes.