TKaraoke is a karaoke player capable of indexing thousands of songs and allow quick searching by song name, singer name, songwriter name, or part of the lyric. YouTube content can be played on TKaraoke as if the content is from a local hard drive. The controller app allows controlling TKaraoke Player from your iPhone/iPad or Android phone/tablet. There are editions of TKaraoke running on Microsoft Windows, Google Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV/Stick.
Build 152 supports more restrictive external drives access introduced in Android TV 10 and beyond. Google made it so that the User has to go to Apps –> TKaraoke –> Info –> Permissions –> Media and Files and select “Allow all the time”. This is a one time acknowledgement allowing TKaraokeUSB to access your hard drive for playing your songs. After doing this, go to TKaraokeUSB Settings row (last row) and select Clear Cache and Exit and start TKaraoke again.
Fixed an issue with YouTube content not buffering fast enough to play smoothly.
Build 148 fixed a bug where TKaraokeUSB will crash when some rare YouTube content is added or queue via the remote control or Songbook app.
Build 147 fixed a defect where songs are not played with the right audio track per the Play Mode settings specified in Preferences.
Advanced searching can be done on the Songbook App but voice search via the remote provides quick way to search for content in TKaraokeUsb. Voice search can find content on hard drive as well as YouTube.
Updating TKaraokeUSB to the latest version is very simple. Just launch the Google Play Store app and select “My Apps” and then select TKaraokeUSB. You can optionally change the Google Play Store app’s setting to “auto update” so it will update to the latest version automatically after we release a new version of TKaraokeUSB.
Starting with v1.1.97, you can voice search YouTube content via the remote control. Actually, it doesn’t matter if the search method is voice search or text search, as long as there is the word “YouTube” at the end of the query, TKaraokeUSB will search YouTube content instead of local hard drive content.
Starting with TKaraokeUSB build 93, users can request to play their favorite songs randomly. Favorite songs Songbook -device-specific (i.e. your favorite songs might not be the same as your wife’s favorite songs). To request playing Favorite Songs randomly, on the Songbook app, go to the Favorite Category and select the Play button on the very first item called Random Play. Note that this is a new feature and requires Songbook App v2.16 or newer.
The long-waited Shield TV 2019 model released today, October 28, 2019. The 2019 model have the following that are most relevant when using it with TKaraokeUSB for karaoke purposes:
- AI Upscaling of 720p and 1080p content to 4K
- The all-new remote with accurate voice search, unlike the crappy old Shield Remote
- Faster processor
So far I’m impressed with the Artificial Intelligence upscaling of the Shield TV 2019. The picture below illustrates what AI Scaling is all about.