TCL and Hisense are starting to sell their Roku-powered smart TVs. One key difference from the name-brand competition: the new Roku TVs are very cheap.
One of the bigger surprises at CES was Hisense with its new line of Vidaa smart TVs, which are based on Android and show where Google TV is going now that it isn’t called Google TV anymore.
We took a first look at the new Roku TV that Roku announced at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this week.
Hisense is the latest to drop the Google TV brand for its new generation of Android-based TV devices. The company announced this week that it is building a new TV set dubbed the H6 SMART TV that features “the latest Google services for TV powered by Android 4.2.2” (hat tip to Engadget). The H6 will come in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch, and Hisense is also building a new set-top-box dubbed the Pulse PRO, which will replace the Hisense Pulse Google TT box. We reported first in October that Google was phasing out the Google TV brand as it merges the platform with Android.