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Sony Android TV smart TV review - first look

9/01/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


Sony's switch from its own UI to Google's Android OS means its 2015 TV line-up is truly smart

Sony focused on ultra-thin design when it revealed the 2015 Bravia TV line-up at its CES press conference, but arguably the bigger news is the fact that the company has ditched its own Smart TV interface in favour of Google's Android TV. This isn't a one-off move, either, as the entire range will be making the switch, showing how much faith the company has in the platform. Based on our short time with the incredibly slim X90C, it's clear to see why; Android TV is possibly the best thing to happen to smart TVs since the concept first arrived.

Android TV esentially a big screen version of the base smartphone and tablet OS, with a simple card-based interface that puts a list of recommended titles and recently placed programmes at the top of the screen and your installed apps underneath. Google apps including YouTube, Google Play Movies and Google Play Music are pre-loaded, plus you have access to the Google Play Store for downloading more. Every 2015 Sony TV will have 16GB of storage for adding apps and games (more on those below), although it's unclear if you can add extra storage with a USB flash drive. Sony's own Android apps have been updated for Android TV too, meaning you get photo albums, music and video players, and of course live TV.

The OS based on the latest 5.0 Lollipop build of Android, meaning everything has a sleek Material Design look with flat icons, bright colours and smooth animations whenever you interact with an onscreen object. Sony hasn't skinned Android TV with its own custom user interface, meaning you get an identical experience to Google's own Nexus Player. Until we get to spend some more time with the new TV range it's not clear if the picture quality settings are controlled through Android TV, or if there are still remnants from Sony's old TV interface hiding in the background.

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