This year, Philips’ Android TVs will get a “smart home” app, YouTube in 4K quality, a new Ambilight feature, Amazon Video app, improved gaming performance, more gaming services, more kids content, and other new features.
Video: 2016 Philips Android TVs
Philips recently unveiled its 2016 models in Brussels. In this video you can watch Philips’ full presentation of the new features in Android TV.
Philips starts by talking about an app for kids named Toon Goggles, music via Spotify and 4K video streaming from Netflix and Amazon. They move on to talk about YouTube in 4K (which was not supported on last year’s TVs), Google Cast, and a new Ambilight feature for football fans.
Philips demonstrates its new “smart home” function that lets the TV control connected devices in your house, including Philips Hue lighting. The app has been developed by MyLiveGuard and will be exclusive to Philips’ TVs – at least initially. It supports several different protocols, including IP and Z-wave. A starter kit will be available in spring.
Lastly, Philips moves on to talk about gaming. This year TVs will have lower input lag, says Philips. Last year’s TVs suffered from high levels of input lag that affected gaming performance. Philips also briefly talks about games streamed from the cloud
All TVs in the video run Android TV 5.1. Philips will later bring 6.0 Marshmallow to all 2015 and 2016 models via a software update. However, the update will not be ready in time for the 2016 launch in spring.