Introducing our Smart TV Name and Logo

  1. Z1566892473868
    Cupcake Aug 27, 2019

    Z1566892473868 , Aug 27, 2019 :
    At least keep the one plus logo red, if 75" or bigger i would b happy to b the first one to buy it

  2. Tony Gullett
    Cupcake Aug 27, 2019

    Tony Gullett , Aug 27, 2019 :
    well what was the name you suggested I'm curious if you even suggested one at all but let's hear it what was the name you suggested.

  3. O1567075536945
    Cupcake Aug 29, 2019

  4. ZPerri88
    Eclair Aug 30, 2019

  5. RandyRoads210
    Donut Aug 30, 2019

    RandyRoads210 , Aug 30, 2019 :

    smart TVs have been getting better over the past several years, and Google’s Android TV platform has become a more popular choice among TV makers. As adoption increases, though, it’s a good time to look at how Android TV ages on smart TVs and how Google should be setting standards for long-term updates and support.

    TVs are not replaced every few years

    The simple fact is that TVs are expensive items that aren’t replaced on a regular basis. In the past, television sets could last well over a decade barring any accidents, and even now, most TVs are more than capable of lasting that long based on their hardware alone.

    The first component that’s going to die on a TV is the display itself. Reviewed.com says that, with average use, the panel should last up to a decade. Even putting it through as much stress as possible, the panel wouldn’t die for 5-7 years. And that’s just for an LCD. The same article says an OLED TV would last over 50 years. Clearly, this isn’t the part of your home theater setup that you need to replace very often.

    Software is the Achilles heel of the modern smart TV, as a move as simple as pulling support for a popular app or ceasing updates can either push people towards a new TV or give them cause for concern if a security scare comes up. It’s obvious that long-term updates and support is an important conversation to have, especially with Android TV.

    Once abandoned, Android TVs can be a pain to live with

    Android TV is in a unique place as it ages, because abandoned software can cause more problems compared to other platforms. In its current form, any TV using Android TV as its operating system can only be used with the actual Android TV software. That means settings, inputs, and other functions are all handled specifically by the TV itself.

    When it first launched back in 2016, I purchased a LeEco Super4 Android TV. At the time, it was a great value, offered a lot of features, and I had no reason to worry about support going forward. Then, less than a year later, the company essentially died and support for my TV vanished.

    Three years later I’m still using the TV, but the experience is a pain. Since no updates have arrived, the TV is still back on Android Marshmallow. This has caused updated apps such as YouTube to run slowly and the latest Hulu update just doesn’t work on these older OS versions. It’s only a matter of time before more core functionality breaks.

    My now-abandoned LeEco Android TV

    To keep running this Android TV since it hasn’t gotten any updates, I’ve been using a JBL Link Bar. It works over CEC and lets me essentially skip most of the ancient build LeEco is running. Our Stephen Hall, who has a larger version of the same TV, is using an Xbox One with his in the same way. This works well for the most part, but I still have to interact with the LeEco TV to change any settings and actually go to the Link Bar’s input any time the power goes out. It’s frustrating and I can’t recommend that experience to anyone. Plus, there’s little guarantee this method will work forever.

    Eventually, this could be the same story with other Android TVs that don’t get long-term updates and support. Brands such as Sony and Hisense are unlikely to be going anywhere, but as the operating system continues expanding to more TV makers, the outcome is going to be far from ideal.

    Three years of updates isn’t enough

    Looking at how Android TV functions after updates have stopped makes one step back and look at how companies promise long-term support. OnePlus announced just today that it would be supporting its OnePlus TV, running on Google’s platform, for “at least” three years.

    OnePlus has committed to three years of updates on its OnePlus TV

    Put simply, that’s not enough commitment to the hardware. Since people keep TVs for a long period of time, this hardware needs to be actively supported for much longer.

    Unfortunately, there’s no particularly easy solution for this. As Android evolves, the hardware inside of these TVs is eventually going to be outdated and it’s just not practical to swap out components.

    What’s the solution? Google needs to be setting standards for Android TV as a platform when it comes to long-term support. One idea that comes to mind is giving customers the option to eventually ditch Android TV as a whole once a manufacturer is ready to pull support. Having a “backup” basic OS behind Android and disabled until the time comes probably isn’t ideal for Google, but it would be a positive move for customers. With that, when their TV’s software is no longer supported, they can at least still enjoy the hardware with something else plugged into it.

    Maybe you should buy a set-top box instead

    If you’ve read all of this and thought that maybe a new TV with Android TV built-in isn’t the greatest idea, I can’t really blame you. I’ve had this “fear” bouncing around my head for a long time, and it has influenced my own buying decisions.

    I adore Android TV, but I refuse to buy a TV with the OS built-in simply for the sake of long-term updates and support. Instead, I purchased a Vizio TV since that company’s operating system is very light and not as dependant on long-term support. With that, I can simply plug in an Nvidia Shield TV, which is a much smaller investment, to get the same Android TV experience.

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  6. H1542153384332
    Gingerbread Aug 31, 2019

    H1542153384332 , Aug 31, 2019 :
    They are in the business of making money. 3 years of updates is plenty. I haven't kept a phone for more than a year. As far as TV's two years is tops.

  7. RandyRoads210
    Donut Aug 31, 2019

    RandyRoads210 , Aug 31, 2019 :
    That just means your a dumbass that likes to throw away money .I make a six figure income every year an can afford to buy a new TV an phone every month if I want an the least I keep a tv is 6 years an I've already had my op6 since launch an plan to keep it another year at least ,an my colleagues that are sitting here reading this all 5 of them agree that most people don't go buy a brand new TV every 2 years .An just by what you said, I'm guessing your probably a stupid young kid.Guess what you'll never be financially free being a wasteful dumbass.I have better things to spend money on then wasting money to buy a new TV every 2 years for something I watch for an hour or 2 a night ,unless you have no life an all you do is watch TV .I'm guessing if you buy a new TV every 2 years an a new phone every 12 months that is your life ,you have nothing better to do with yourself then waste your life away.We took a poll out of 2 million people 85 Percent said they buy TV's every 5 to 7 years an 9 percent said they don't buy until there tv goes out .And the other 1 percent said they bought every 3 years .So your just one of the stupid people that throw there money in the trash every 2 years but this is not common ,most people don't go buy a new TV every 3 years if there's nothing wrong with there's .so take a poll yourself an you'll see your just one of the dumb exceptions.thats all I got for you .

  8. H1542153384332
    Gingerbread Aug 31, 2019

    H1542153384332 , Aug 31, 2019 :
    You can't read. My first sentence was OnePlus is in business to make money. I'm no kid and your insults just show your lack of maturity. Using your logic Best Buy would be out of business as would Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus. BTW who updates their phones or smart TVs after 3 years? What business is it of yours where and when I spend my money.

  9. K1563457508306
    Cupcake Sep 1, 2019

  10. swaraj_c.r.
    Gingerbread Sep 2, 2019

  11. hybrid56k
    Donut Sep 2, 2019

    hybrid56k , Sep 2, 2019 :
    I can't wait... if you want someone to test drive the new OnePlusTV then give me a shout LOL!!!

  12. Rick_980B
    Froyo Sep 4, 2019