Google is not done in your living room
A bunch of screenshots of a new set-top box by Google have been revealed by The Verge, detailing a new hardware and software system called Android TV. The idea here is to provide a framework for developers to create big-screen experiences in a sensible way. With a properly fleshed-out UI, Android TV looks like it will be aimed to compete squarely against Roku, Apple TV, and the recently-announced Fire TV. Android TV is probably better to look at this as a spiritual successor to Chromecast than the ill-fated Google TV, though Android TV and Chromecast will still require developers to create two distinct interfaces. Unlike Google TV, Android TV will be steering away from trying to be a big-screen computing platform, and be more of a simplified entertainment console.
Apparently developers are being actively approached, and the screenshots shot big hitters like Netflix, Hulu, and Vevo are already involved, as well as Google's own properties like Hangouts, Play Movies, and YouTube. We had an inkling that something like this was in the works, and with any luck, we'll get a closer look at this stuff at Google I/O. Would any of you guys be interested in an Android TV? How many were burned by a Google TV purchase in the past?
We had just this discussion on the last episode of the Android Central podcast. It's almost as if we can see the future! Have a listen:
Source: The Verge