Welcome to the latest topic of Fxnetworks Activate. This time we’re going to be taking a look at Sony’s android smart TV platform, you can read the full in-depth review from a link in the description. Now this is the home page, when you turn on the Android TVs, you can see at the top is a search facility, it’s a voice-activated search, which you use through the one-click remote or via the side view app on your tablet or phone, just simply click on it, and you can start your research.
I’m not going to do that now. At the right below, that is the content discovery bar and it brings in content from Google movies YouTube, some tutorials from Sony Google music. You can actually set these parameters in the settings to adjust where the content comes from, which we’ll show you in a moment, we will introduce you a selection of featured apps.
The i player and 4k services from both Netflix and Amazon are on the big hitters, and they seem to be HDR as well. The Sony select is a set of apps which are designed for users to use a standard TV remote with simple controls, and you can get them in the Google play store, which is located just underneath the input selections.
There is a dedicated input button on the standard remote as well, so you can select from a more standard input menu—Scoob plays. This is a tailored version of Google play, it takes a second to load up. It’s convenient to control the schemes of the Android TVs, TV remotes and game pad, on which there are all the apps you need or you can simply search for what you like on the homepage.
These are all your installed apps over here by default, apart from the code in ES File Explorer. You can see there’s a big focus on gaming on the Android TVs, so you can access PlayStation now, which lets you play PlayStation 3 games through a Dual Shock 4, we will just let this load up quickly.
But it’s a rental service, we take a look at the available games, so they’re all ps3 or PSN titles, PSN titles cost $2.99 for two days and $5.99 for 30 days. The larger ps3 titles are $4.99 for a couple of days and nearly eight pounds for 30 days, you can make your own decision on that, but I think that’s expensive.
So this is your local storage and network video player, your local storage and network music player, local storage and network picture player. There’s an internet browser cloud, you can share it, and this is a cloud photo storage, a sharing service, you can take it from your Android tablet or phone from there. It’s a dedicated section for games.
If you have downloaded it, just be aware that storage is fairly limited on these TVs. This one has an 8 gigabytes which means it will soon run out. This is the settings menu, I’ll show you some of the parameters to help you set your TV.
Google cast up tells you the version number which is useful. This is the Bluetooth settings area, where you can add a device. We have got paired up with the Amazon fire game control here, which works very well, and these are Sony one-click controller. There are some settings for the touch pad here, you can pair it, set some other settings like cursor, speed etc.
If you happen to have a ps4 and Dual Shock 4 controller, this is where you can pair the settings for inputting poke keyboard, USB keyboard and some various personal settings. And we are now back to the home page and we will take a look at the discover bar, the idea of the discover bar is to make it more convenient, when you are watching content in the background, it will bring up all sorts of stuff.
This is digital TV, and if you want to link it with you Sky or your virginal EBT etc, it will bring up the content so you can add favorite channels or set keywords. The first layer is digital TV, it basically gives you some channel icons, neon digital radio, and you will find a px photo app as well.
This is USB home network video pictures, when you get down to your Android apps, some featured contents come up right at the bottom. Now we think this is a big mistake from Sony, because there are too many layers by default and that doesn’t make you find what you want easily. All in all, it is a disaster, but you can tailor it to get rid of some of those categories or you can show or hide various categories here and a lot of them are duplicated on the homepage, which we don’t think is necessary. Now we are going to take a look at the Sony one flick remote, which comes with the Android TVs.
You can see it fits in the palm of hand nicely. There is a standby button to activate the microphone for voice search, with which you can also activate the action menu. Slide up from here, bring up the discovery menu, press the back button which takes you to the homepage, this is the volume control and a program skipper plus the NFC tag which is used to control the side view app on your smart phone or tablet.
Next we’ll take a look at how you actually use the thing and you’ve seen the one-click remote now. So it’s just quick look at how it actually works in operation or doesn’t, so that I struggle with it as you’re about to see. So it’s a quick tutorial and that settings menu I showed you earlier and we’ll go into the first test.
Now that you’ve seen the one-click remote, we’ll take a look at how to use it. It’s a quick tutorial about the settings menu I’ve shown you earlier, and we will go into the first test.
It’s a mini game, you need to move it around with the scroll pad, then they won’t start down to two up to three, it’s very simple. This is much of an advanced test rather than a test tutorial, we go back and you can get the content bar up when you scroll up from the bottom.
The actual menu is that when you click at the top each time, it will give you an idea, in this case, One Note isn’t the easiest to use. Take a look at the Sony Android Smart TV platform, we can see it still needs some work on the user interface.
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