"Experience" is the word of the day when it comes to Android TV. By evolving your TV from a passive display device to an ultra-interactive entertainment hub that's totally in-sync with your mobile devices, Android TV elevates the viewing experience. To get the most out of the platform, know its ins-and-outs before you watch (or play, or listen, or learn — you get the idea).
*Touchpad, voice-enabled remote only included with the UH30 Series.
Revel in Resolution
Choose a 4K Ultra HD TV with Android TV — like those in the Sharp AQUOS UE30 and UH30 lines — to get the most clarity, depth and detail out of Android TV's vast content options. At four times the resolution of Full HD, you'll never want to go back to 1080p again.
Crank Up the Wi-Fi
Ultra HD resolution packs significantly more detail into each frame, making digital 4K content heftier than its standard-def and HD predecessors, in terms of data. Make sure you have Wi-Fi speeds of at least 25 Megabits per second to keep your 4K stream lag-free.
Cast from the Couch
Tablets and smartphones are pocket-sized portals to a universe of media, but their screens can get a little cramped for sharing. Use Google Cast, a key feature of Android TV, to instantly "cast" your Android mobile device's content to the 4K big screen for easy sharing. You can even cast apps from your mobile device to turn just about any app into a TV app.
Whether you're casting a playlist from your phone or jamming out to Android apps, high-fidelity audio is the perfect partner for a 4K picture.
Connect a high-end soundbar with a built-in subwoofer for compact spaces, or opt for a 5.1 system for an immersive cinematic experience.
Be a Control Freak
Take the mobile gaming experience into the console gaming world with a wireless Android gamepad. It sports console features such as dual-analog sticks, plentiful face buttons and shoulder triggers to offer tight, accurate inputs for genres ranging from sports to action. Feel free to invite your friends, too; Android TV supports up to four gamepads at once.
Expand Your Options
While apps like YouTube and Vevo host a massive and constantly expanding amount of free content, you can widen your entertainment options with a few low-cost subscriptions to staples such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. Subscription services offer instant access to thousands of features, shows and documentaries, and streaming services continue to bolster their 4K selections.
Broaden Your Horizons
Android TV Streaming apps that give you access to educational programming inject your entertainment with brain-stimulating content, but Google Play offers apps that transcend entertainment altogether. Why not use your TV to learn how to cook some new entrees, expand your pop-culture knowledge or stay in shape?
Touch and Talk
Cut down on the buttons in your life with a touchpad, voice-enabled remote. With smooth, mouse-like control, touchpads feel right at home on Android TV. But don't worry about typing by touch; voice search allows you to pull up media by specific titles or just by suggestion — ask Android TV for "60s romance movies" and it does the searching for you.
About the Author
Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.