Android TV 9 Pie Installation

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Android TV 9 (Pie) – Installation

Installation of the television is very easy. At startup you first select thelanguage. You then link a Google account to the television. That has become abit easier in Android 9. The television shows you a five-digit code, which youmust enter on your smartphone on the website Then you choose which Google account you want to use on yoursmartphone and you’re done. Accept the terms of use and decide whether youwant to give the television access to your location. A new skill: the TV nowasks you immediately which apps to install. These are of course based on yourprevious use of Android TV.In the last steps you select your country, set a pin code and if desiredactivate the Philips Smart TV apps and associated usage conditions.If you use the built-in tuners (terrestrial, cable or satellite), then youtune in the channels as a last step. Before you get started, Philips shows youanother screen in which it explains how you can best use your OLED TV toprevent burn-in (of course only on OLED TVs).

Android TV 9 (Pie) – Home Screen

The Home screen of Android TV 9 remains almost completely unchanged comparedto Android TV 8. It fills the entire screen, a choice that we continue toregret somewhat. The lighter approach of LG and Samsung, where a large part ofthe image remains visible, is still our preference.At the top of the screen on the right you will find a number of icons. IfAndroid TV has something to tell you, it will show how many notificationsthere are. Just click on that icon and you will see what is going on, like inthis case the network failure.If there are no messages, the first icon at the top right is that for theinputs. The list of inputs not only contains the HDMI connections, but alsothe TV channels, a link to the USB and network media player, but also appssuch as VLC and Google Play Films. Unfortunately, we found no way to removethose apps, or to change the order.By right clicking you also immediately see all TV channels, and another clickto the right brings you directly to the TV.HDMI connections can give you a different name and icon by selecting the inputin the menu (there is a yellow circle next to it with a ‘+’ symbol) andpressing the ‘+’ key on the remote.The gear icon is of course the shortcut for the settings menu. On a Philipsdevice this leads to a general menu, where you will find all other settings,including the Android settings, in addition to image and sound.The rest of the screen is occupied by the Android TV ‘channels’.

Android TV 9 (Pie) – Channels

The first row is the list of apps, with a number of ‘content channels’ perapplication. This can be, for example, Netflix, YouTube or Spotify, but alsothe built-in TV tuners. Theoretically, any app that offers content can appearthere, but the app must of course support this. Some apps also offer multiplechannels. For example, you can install the Trending and / or the Recommendedchannel on YouTube.Theoretically, channels can also show preview video or audio, simply byselecting a tile, but that didn’t work for any channel.The first channel that appears is ‘Play Next’. This is where theoretical filmsend up that you have not yet fully seen, the next episode of a series, and soon. In other words, Google offers you the things that you think you want tolook further into. The content in “Play after” can come from different sourcesand can be set (see below). Unfortunately we never saw the ‘Play after’channel.

Android TV 9 (Pie) – Useful apps

The apps take place at the top of the screen, the row that you find there canbe seen as your favorites. If you want to see all installed apps, select the“Apps” icon and press ok.At the top you will find the Google Play store and the Games store, where youcan of course look up and install new apps. Below that a grid with allinstalled apps. Clicking starts the app, but if you press and hold the OK keyon an app, the options screen appears. You can change the location of theapps, add or remove them from the favorites list (which appears on the HomeScreen), and possibly remove them. You can also adjust the list of favoriteapps on the Home screen in this way.

Android TV 9 (Pie) – Chromecast

Chromecast is a streaming protocol that allows you to do various things. Withapps that support Chromecast, you can browse the range on your smartphone andthen by clicking the Chromecast symbol, send the content to your Android TV.The smart thing about Chromecast is that you don’t send the entire movie, butonly a link. The TV then receives the content itself. You can continue to useyour smartphone. Install the Google Home App for a list of compatible apps.(or view here )Another option is to send the entire smartphone screen to the television(mirroring or mirroring). You do that best from the Google Home app, whichautomatically finds compatible televisions on your network. You can alsofreeze through the Android settings on your smartphone, but unfortunatelyevery manufacturer hides it in a different place.

Android TV 9 (Pie) – Tips for the Android settings menu

The Android settings are hidden in the general Philips menus. Select the gearat the top right of the Home Screen, and then navigate to “Android Settings.”Below you will find two items: “Accounts and login” where you manage theGoogle accounts, and “Device preferences” where you can find the actualAndroid settings. We give you some useful tips.“About” * Here you will find all the information about your TV in case something should go wrong and you need support.“Google Assistant” * Here you can block foul language so that the Google Assistant doesn’t respond to it, and filter out child-unfriendly search results. * “Searchable Apps”: here you determine in which apps the Google Assistant can look for search results.‘Security and Restrictions’ * ‘unknown sources’: those who wish to install apps from sources other than the Google Play Store (the so-called ‘Side-loading’) must use those apps give the necessary permission here.“Accessibility” * “Subtitles”: Here you can adjust the subtitles. Very interesting on devices where subtitling in dark scenes leads to a watered-down contrast. Click on “Subtitles” and select “Custom” at the bottom. * Then you can set all kinds of things yourself. A possible start is: text color white, transparency of text 50%, display background, background color black, and transparency of background 50%

Android TV 9 (Pie) – Software updates

A television receives improvements or new features via software updates. ForAndroid TV you even get a new version of the operating system. The televisionwill occasionally tell you that there is a new version, but you can also startthat process manually.Go to the settings (via the gear on the Home screen), and select ‘Updatesoftware at the bottom of the settings. “. In this menu you can check if thereis new software and install it via “Search updates” (Internet or USB). Alsocheck whether “Automatic software updates” has been activated.

Android TV 9 (Pie) – Voice commands

Android TV comes with the Google Assistant built in. That means you can ask alot of questions. In most cases, Google Assistant detects whether we speakDutch or English. He certainly does not always do it flawlessly, but theresult is usable.Whether or not you get to see what you are looking for is not entirelyguaranteed either. At least you will see YouTube results.“Is it going to rain in Antwerp today?” Gave us the weather forecast forAntwerp.“Stranger Things” provided information about the well-known Netflix series, akey to direct the series. start, an overview of the cast, related programs anda number of YouTube links.Searches also look in the program guide when you share them. We searched forthe well-known Belgian quiz series ‘Blocks’, and series such as ‘The Big BangTheory’ and ‘Friends’.We received general information about the series, and when you scroll down onthe result screen we also saw when episodes can be seen on TV. Here too therewas often information about the cast or related series.“Science Fiction Films” provided a nice list of films of which in some casesyou could only watch the trailer on YouTube, but if it is available in GooglePlay or on Netflix that was also mentioned.How to Fix Crashing Apps on an iPhone or iPadN.Z.Photography/ShutterstockApps can crash or freeze on iPhones and iPads, just as they can on any otherplatform. Apple’s iOS operating system disguises app crashes by closing theapp. If you’re experiencing crashing, freezing, or buggy apps, here’s how youcan fix your problem.

Sideloading Apps

Maybe the simplest way to add apps to your iPhone without using the App Storeis by using a technique called sideloading. Sideloading is the name used forinstalling apps directly on the iPhone rather than using the App Store. It’snot a common way to do things, but it’s possible.Westend61 / Getty ImagesThe real difficulty with sideloading is that you need to have the app in thefirst place. Most iPhone apps are only available in the App Store, not fordirect download from the developer’s website or another source.But some developers make their apps available as direct downloads to getaround Apple’s rules. If you can find the app you want to use, just add ityour iPhone (the developer will probably offer instructions) and you should begood to go.

Jailbroken iPhones: Legal Apps

In the same way that Apple tightly controls the App Store, it also controlswhat can and can’t be done to the iPhone. These controls include preventingusers from changing some parts of the iOS, the operating system that runs onthe iPhone.Some people remove those controls by jailbreaking their phones, which allowsthem to install apps that are not available in the App Store, among otherthings. These apps aren’t in the App Store for various reasons: quality,legality, security, and doing things that Apple wants to prevent for onereason or another.If you have a jailbroken iPhone, there’s an alternative App Store: Cydia.Cydia is full of free and paid apps that aren’t in Apple’s App Store and letyou do all sorts of cool things.Before you run out to jailbreak your phone and install Cydia, you need to knowa few things. Jailbreaking can mess up your phone and expose it to securityproblems. Apple also doesn’t provide support for jailbroken phones, so makesure you understand and accept the risks before you dive into jailbreaking.While there are apps that can be installed only on jailbroken phones,jailbreaking seems to be dying out. The biggest sign of this is that Cydiastopped letting users buy new apps in Dec. 2018. With app sales gone andmomentum slowing, Cydia may cease operations entirely, making it much harderto get apps for jailbroken phones.

Jailbroken iPhones: Pirated Apps

The other reason that people jailbreak their phones is that it can allow themto get paid apps for free, without using the App Store.That may sound appealing, but it should go without saying that doing this ispiracy, which is both illegal and morally wrong. While some app developers arebig companies (not that that would make piracy any better), the vast majorityof developers are small companies or individuals who rely on the money earnedfrom their apps to pay their expenses and support developing more apps.Pirating apps takes hard-earned money away from developers. While jailbreakingand pirating apps is a way to download apps without the App Store, youshouldn’t do it.

Move an app to the App Library

You may have a few apps or games that you don’t use or play often. It could bea travel app you only use once or twice a year or a homework helper you onlyuse during school time. You don’t want to delete these apps, but you don’tneed them crowding your Home Screen. These are perfect examples of apps youcan move to the App Library.1) Tap and hold the app icon on your Home Screen.2) Select Remove App.3) Pick Move to App Library.The app will move to your Library into a category that it matches. When youwant to use the app, swipe to your App Library and select it or search for it.

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