The update from Android 5.1 to 6.0 will fix several bugs, including a compatibility issue with PlayStation 4. More importantly, it will add Netflix HDR. See the full changelog.
An updated Android experience
The new software is built on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). It will fix a range of bugs and performance issues that have plagued version 5.1 that came preinstalled on most of the TVs.
The update will add Netflix HDR, which is good news for owners of Philips Android TVs that have waited patiently for more HDR content. Other manufacturers have offered Netflix HDR for some time.
Additionally, Philips is highlighting specific bug fixes such as “improved compatibility with PlayStation4 PRO”. Other manufacturers have released similar compatibility fixes for PS4 Pro that is one of the first devices to output HDR, which has caused some challenges in the TV ecosystem.
The software update has been dubbed ’version 6.152’ and will roll out gradually depending on your region and model. At the moment it is only rolling out to 2016 TVs, we are told. FlatpanelsHD has been contacted by Philips owners who have managed to update already so check your menu to see if it is ready.
It is not clear when the update will be made available for 2015 models but Philips has promised that it will happen.
The latest TV operating system from Google is Android TV 7.0, which is one generation newer than what Philips is currently rolling out. Version 7.0 is currently rolling out to Nvidia Shield and will come later to 2015, 2016 and 2017 Sony TVs. Philips has yet to comment on version 7.0.
Software version 6.152
Android 6.0.1 based software
Update of Google apps
The Android Boot animation has been updated
Faster UI navigation
Faster installation time of SW
Improved buffering during YouTube playback
Android apps that have been installed via Google Play Store will ask for their permissions upon opening the app for the first time.
During the initial TV set-up, the TV can connect to your Android phone to allow quick installation of your TV.
Sound drops when switching between encrypted channels
Improvements for stability
Updated channel logos
Fixed translation errors
Audio loss on HDMI or when watching Broadcast channels
Crash when entering Ambilight Hue menu
Fix for playback using Videoland app
Improved compatibility with PlayStation4 PRO
Fix for Netflix -100 error
Fix for TV getting stuck in Philips Logo
Fix for Teletext issue in Sweden
Improvements for Google Cast issues on Nordic apps