Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Android TV ™: test “smart” TV from Sony – RIA Novosti


TV Sony

© RIA Novosti. Eugene Novozhenina

 TV Sony

© RIA Novosti. Eugene Novozhenina

 TV Sony

© RIA Novosti. Eugene Novozhenina

Today’s TVs are not only a “show and tell” now of these devices cover a wide range of user requests. In addition to the demonstration of sound and picture quality, “smart” TVs tend to have the functions of a computer, providing, including the familiar online services to the big screen.

“Smart” TV not only provides an easy and convenient access to a variety of video game and Internet resources, but also able to share multimedia data with paired devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops and others.

From the point of view of the user, access to the big screen to the familiar and beloved mobile content gives a lot opportunities, and television itself into a complete multimedia center.

The idea of ​​interactive TV, which allows the user to plunge into the world of movies, music, games and entertainment, is fully implemented in the new Sony BRAVIA TV platform Android TV TM *, available in 2015, the Russian users.

Along with Android TV TM the user can broadcast your favorite content from mobile devices to the big screen with high resolution, install games and applications directly to the TV, use the voice search, access to the services of Google TM , and much more.

Meet Android TV TM , we decided to Example 55-inch Sony TV Series X8 (KD-55X8505C) with support for 4K Ultra HD.

© RIA Novosti. Eugene Novozhenina

TV Sony

The subtleties of design

It should be noted that the TV looks very solid, he thin 2.1-inch chassis **, and large screen suitable for the living room.

The gadget is equipped with a fine elegant stand that can be removed in the case of the wall bracket.

Included with the TV go Two remote: the traditional buttons and remote control with a touch panel, working on the principle of the touchpad.

“Chips,” pleasing to the eye

The TV screen has an LED backlight (LED), which gives the image high definition and true color.

It is also worth noting the 4K Ultra HD screen resolution (3840 × 2160 pixels) format, which allows to transfer four times more detail than Full HD.

The TV is equipped 4K-powerful processor X1, able to analyze and optimize images from any source: a video standard and high definition (on Blu-ray *** to online content) is carefully processed to improve quality, comparable to the 4K format, that is, to the most high standards.

Another “chip”, which helps to get high quality images on the screen Sony BRAVIA, is a technology Triluminos TM Display.

OS Android TM : entertainment on the big screen

One of the main purposes of our testing has been the operating system Android TM (current version 5.1) that allows you to expand the capabilities of conventional TVs to multimedia center.

Turn the TV to the increased analogue own smartphone with access to a wealth of content – an experiment interesting in all respects.

Advanced “viewer” is now available to applications Google TM on the big screen, internet browser, entertainment services, games and more.

In order to, for example, download a game from Google Play TM *, you just need to enter the familiar Google ID. To TV can be connected to different joysticks and fully enjoy the game.

It is necessary to think that the number of customized applications for Android TV TM will grow, and with them the interactive features of the TV.

In addition to the applications Google TM , the user gets access to Internet content and applications cinemas Russian TV channels such as Okko,, Megogo, Tvigle, STS and many others.

So, support service Google TM Cast TM allows you to broadcast on a big screen video from a mobile Android device or iOS one click – for example, you can view videos from YouTube, the selected on the smartphone. At the same time that you can continue to use the mobile device.

How to “talk” with TV

Interactive TV adds the ability to search by voice, provided all Sony TVs on the base Android TV TM .

© RIA Novosti. Eugene Novozhenina

TV Sony

The system will find desired video or give an answer to a question in the form of information “cards” Google.

The microphone by from which you can specify search queries and give the team a TV embedded in the touch control panel.
“talk” to the TV can also be through a smartphone or tablet, to establish a special free application – from the TV guide Sony TV SideView ****.

In conclusion, I would like to mention a simple and intuitive interface of the TV, user-friendly device.
Home Interface is a set of sections schematically depicted as icons.

It is easy to navigate: handy as applications and games and content online cinema.

Well, tested the Sony TV with Android TV TM , is to recognize that we are dealing with a new stage in the development of television: In addition to the high image quality modern TV gives users a lot of opportunities, leaving the viewer the freedom to choose the content and demonstrate the usual services on a large screen.

* Android, Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. The list of available applications and services may vary by region

** at the thinnest point

*** Blu Ray

**** Tee Wee Side View

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