Hisense To Update Certain 2018-’19 Android TVs To v.9 Pie OS In July
Hisense will soon begin transitioning certain older Hisense Android smart TV models to the Android TV v.9 operating system, company executives have confirmed.
Gradually, manufacturers of Android-based TVs from 2019 and in some cases earlier, are transitioning some of their legacy model series to the Android TV 9 (Pie) OS that brings bug fixes and enhancements including snappier response time and better interface customization, among other benefits, to Google’s smart TV platform.
Hisense confirmed to HD Guru that certain of its 2018 and 2019 Android TV model series that are currently running the previous Android TV 8 OS (H8F/H9F/H9E Plus) will be upgraded to Android 9 starting July 2020. Hisense said its general policy is to keep updates to the last three years from the product launch, but depending on the particular Android patch release from Google, Hisense said it could extend that as needed.
Updates to the latest Android TV platforms are notoriously slow to transition and typical lag the mobile OS version by many months. Google released Android TV 9 Pie in 2018, before many licensees of the Android TV platform updated all of their eligible legacy models to the previous Android 8 (Oreo).
Sony, which is one of the biggest international supporters of the Android TV OS, revealed that it began rolling out the Android 9 Pie software update in December 2019 on a gradual release schedule for certain Bravia Android TV models. The update, which in Sony’s case involves mostly bug fixes, began with models in the following series: Z9G, X950G, and X850G (55/65/75/85 inches) series. The A9G series got the update in early 2020.
In addition to much faster response, Android TV 9 brings a new user interface with a more streamlined setup process that automatically installs TV apps used on other Android devices and provides an auto-login on TVs.
Owners of qualifying Android TVs who would like to get the Android TV 9 update should make sure they have their televisions set to accept automatic updates so that the updates will be pushed out and installed seamlessly. Users can check the Android TV version in the system information section of the television’s settings menu.
Just as happened with the transition from Android 8, Google is already moving on to the next generation Android 10 platform, although Hisense said this isn’t yet available for televisions running the Android TV OS.
Interestingly, Hisense also makes and sells models in the United States supporting the Roku OS and its own proprietary VIDAA smart TV platform. The company currently uses the Android platform for its most premium televisions. The VIDAA OS is a Linux based system, like Samsung’s Tizen and LG’s WebOS platforms.
Hisense told us “all 2020 Hisense Android TVs have Android 9 installed out of the box, since this is the latest version in the industry.”
The company said it uses the same or a similar Android TV update strategy in all regions of the world with slightly different timing based on the region.
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By Greg Tarr
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