FOR those who got on early with Sony’s Android TV’s — like me — you’ll be pleased to note there’s a new update coming out for you at the moment. I received the update notification a couple of days ago, but only applied it overnight last night. The update brings Sony’s Android TV platform to Android 6.0.1, with a very recent security patch — just last month’s.
What’s new in the update?
First and foremost, the interface has had a bit of polish. The background image has changed, and the unnecessary duplication between featured apps, and those you’ve installed, is now gone. The interface is quicker and faster.
For those who still use conventional services and devices, like Bluray players or Foxtel, you’ll be somewhat annoyed to note that Inputs have now moved to the bottom of the home screen; they’re not quite as accessible as they once were.
The most noticeable change, and the one I noticed first, was the change in the volume slider. Instead of being prominent and front and centre, the volume slider has now moved to the bottom left of the display, and it’s much less intrusive.
I quite like the change, as it covers less of what’s on the TV now.
If you’ve got a Sony Android TV from 2015 or 2016, check if your model is one of the following. If it is, you might want to make sure your TV has an internet connection, and see if an update is available:
Sony X94C, X93C, X91C, X90C, S85C, S80C, X85C, X83C, X81C, X80C, W95C, W87C, W85C, W80C, W75C
X94D (XD94), X93D (XD93), X85D (XD85), S85D (SD85), W9xxD, W8xxD