At its iconic developer conference I/O, after making sure developing countries are getting great handsets for quote affordable price, Google is extending its footprints inside your living room. The company has officially took the wraps off of Android TV. Powered by the latest operating system, Android L, the TV will utilize set-top boxes much like Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV — and won’t really be the set-top box, as many reports had suggested earlier. There is a key differentiation as well: focus on gaming.
The Mountain View giant announced Google TV in 2010, though the initiation failed miserably. 2012’s streaming service Nexus Q too didn’t fare well. But Android TV looks competitive. It utilizes a very flexible framework — high compatibility with a large number of chipsets and developers will be able to build apps for it using Android toolset.
Android TV will play movies and TV shows and on-demand content using a set of streaming apps including Netflix and YouTube. Furthermore, Google has its own content marketplace and video collections. The console will also allow you to play games on it, and recognize game controllers.
The Android TV will have full support for Chromecast, a tiny USB device that will let you mirror content from mobile devices or computer to your TV. You will be able to control TV from your mobile devices, tablets, and even Android Smartwatch as well. In fact, you will be able to dictate movie and shows title to your phone and Android TV will run it.
You will also be able to beam your Android screen from smartphones including Nexus 5, HTC One M8, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, LG G2, Galaxy S4 and S5 to your Android TV.
All said and done, Google don’t really have a concrete hardware plans, and it will take a while before everything is on the table. The company has tied with several TV making companies including surprising ones such as Intel and Marvell, as well as streaming services including Sony, TPVision and Sharp. The company will soon add several set-top boxes from companies such as Asus, LG, Razr and others.