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Walmart’s cheap Android TV streamers updated w/ new security patch, auto-HDR – 9to5Google

December 6, 2021
Ben Schoon
– Dec. 6th 2021 8:23 am PT

The almost-absurdly cheap Android TV streaming devices from Walmart deliver a pretty solid experience on the whole and, to the retail giant’s credit, update support has been relatively good. This week, Walmart is rolling out a new update to its Android TV devices with a new security patch and better HDR handling.

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Rolling out now, this update remains based on Android 10 and doesn’t make any major changes. In fact, the changelog as listed below only mentions three upgrades in total.
True to that list, installing the 674Mb OTA does bring the October 2021 security patch, updated from the previous August patch. There’s also a version update to the home launcher. Notably, though, this device already supported Android TV’s “Discover” layout. Anecdotally, we didn’t notice any major differences in Netflix performance either.
Beyond the changelog, though, there are two other changes. For one, there’s an update to the remote that comes with this update, as is often the case with Android TV streamers. Further, a new HDR setting has been added to Walmart’s Android TV devices to automatically turn the feature on and off. In a previous update, Walmart added the option to turn off HDR, but this new setting lets it toggle itself depending on an app’s needs. Dolby Vision still isn’t supported, though.
Walmart’s 4K Android TV streamer is available for under $20.
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Android TV is a version of the Android platform which has been modified by Google to run on televisions with over 5,000 native applications. The platform is often found on devices from Nvidia, Hisense, and Sony, with operator devices also using Android TV.

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