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Haier Announces a New Line of Android TV Powered Smart TVs

Family Watching Television Together Arguing Over RemoteFor the second time today we have an announcement of a new Android TV powered smart TVs this time from Haier.

At this time Haier didn’t announce pricing for their new Android TV powered smart TVs, but did note that the new line of TVs will include models that support 4K resolution and integration of the Google’s digital assistant technology.

“Haier is expanding on the success of Haier Chromecast built in televisions, by taking the next step and enhancing our partnership with Google on a global basis,” John Homlish, president of Haier America’s Digital Products Group, said in a statement.

Haier had previously made TVs powered with the Roku TV OS and is now coming back to the US markets with their Android TV powered smart TVs. Haier did not comment on if they plan to bring back any Roku TV OS models to the US market.

At this time Haier did not release any further details but did say that they plan to show off some of their new Android TV powered TV at CES. We will be keeping our eyes open for them on the show floor and will post again if we learn more.

Hopefully, these new Android TV manufactures will mark the start of a great year for Android TV.

Source: B&C

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12 Responses to Haier Announces a New Line of Android TV Powered Smart TVs

  1. Fred Koot January 8, 2018 at 10:43 am #

    Who?

    • SanityChecker January 8, 2018 at 11:59 am #

      Haier probably switched since Android is license free and they control the updates. But will they even bother with updates. I have a 2 year old Roku TCL TV still getting updates.

      • Kawshik Ahmed January 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

        ‘Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is license free (actually even that have GPL Licence) but Android with Google Play is not license free. Manufactures have to sign GMS and MADA contract with Google and in case of ‘Android TV’ the contract is even more strict, manufacture have to have certain number of DRM to install Android TV in their device.

        • SanityChecker January 8, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

          Thanks for clarification. Does Google control the Android TV updates or the ATV device vendor?

          • Kawshik Ahmed January 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

            Unfortunately Vendors controls the update because the devices run on various different processors and drivers.

            If the device launch with Oreo then they will have longer update cycle because of ‘Project Treble’ but this TV’s coming with Nougat.

  2. muledoggie January 8, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    Does android TV have the same security and privacy concerns as the android Phone OS?

    • SanityChecker January 8, 2018 at 11:46 am #

      Android isn’t really a problem for phones that stay up on the latest OS and users stick to Google’s app store. It’s possible Haier won’t keep the OS up to date but this is a challenge for all SmartTVs after the first year. Roku seems to be supporting TVs longer than other SmartTVs but any wifi enabled TV that no longer gets updates becomes a security risk, and very few update more than a year.

      Best to stay away from SmartTVs and use streaming devices, then replace device when it no longer gets updates.

      • muledoggie January 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

        The desire to keep up on the updates is not sufficient to be able to have the latest fixes and security updates on Android Phone, FYI. Read more here:

        https://www.howtogeek.com/129273/why-your-android-phone-isnt-getting-operating-system-updates-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

        Highlight from the above:

        “To make Android work on their hardware, device manufacturers (like
        Samsung, HTC, or Motorola) must write Android device drivers
        specifically for their phones. These are often closed-source, so they
        can only be updated by said manufacturer. Google can’t just release a
        new version of Android that works on all devices—they release the new
        version, then manufacturers have to go in and tweak it for each of their
        phones.”

        And FYI: they aren’t unless the handset is the latest.

        • SanityChecker January 8, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

          And I didn’t say that. The latest security patches are still released on older Android versions (6 an 7) but it’s up to the device maker to release.

          But point is, all SmartTVs are susceptible to problems when updates stop and most stop updates after a year.

  3. TexMarque January 8, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Personally, I’ll stick with the set-top boxes. TVs last a lot longer than the OS does. My Roku Express+ and Chromecast work well with a 9 year old TV.

    • SanityChecker January 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

      And Roku supports standalone devices long term, Chromecast V1 from several years ago still gets updates.

      SmartTVs are risky, separate devices better way to go security and support wise.

  4. Kawshik Ahmed January 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Nvidia alo announced they are partnering with Acer, Asus, HP to make Android TV powered 65 inch gaming monitors.