TCL’s Google TVs return to stores after ‘significant’ software update to fix bugs

From Wednesday morning, TCL’s 5-Series and 6-Series Google TVs have been listed on Best Buy again, and most are available for deep discounts. For example, TCL 6 Series 75-inch Mini 4K LED TV is on sale for $1,300, a steep price drop from $1,000, while the 75-inch 5-series 4K TV sells for $1,000, a discount of $300.

On its support site, TCL said its Google TVs should update automatically, and it also gave users instructions to manually install the patch.

Here is TCL’s statement on its support page:

TCL is committed to delivering premium products with world-class experiences and the new product with Google TV is certainly no different. Recent software updates have allowed us to make significant improvements to the stability and speed of TCL TVs equipped with Google TV. With these updates, this product now represents the powerful performance that TCL and Google believe is the future of TV.

A few TCL Google TV owners on Reddit have reported that their TVs seem more responsive since the update, but we’ll have to wait and see if the software patch actually fixes the worst of the bugs.

Best Buy pulled the listings for TCL’s 5-Series and 6-Series Google TVs earlier this month after months of complaints about crashing apps, buggy or unresponsive screen settings, power cycles random and other issues. TCL admitted that its Google TVs were “facing UI stability challenges” and promised improvements.

TCL launched its 5-Series and 6-Series Google TVs earlier this year. The Series 6 Google TV range includes 4K panels with mini-LED backlights, while the Series 5 4K TV comes with more traditional LED displays with local dimming. Both lines support Dolby Vision and HDR10+, as well as VRR (variable refresh rate) for gamers.

TCL also makes several lines of Roku TVs (read our TCL 6-Series 8K TV review), as well as some lower-end Android TV-powered TVs. Neither the Roku TV nor Android TV models encountered the same performance issues that plagued the company’s Google TVs.