Android TV is a new variant of Google's mobile OS aimed at TVs, game consoles and set top boxes. The successor to the ill-fated Google TV, Android TV brings a new, streamlined user interface to TVs and set top boxes, designed to put content front and center. It's based upon Android 5.0 Lollipop, which of course also runs on phones, tablets and cars via Android Auto.
With Android TV you'll be able to watch content from a variety of providers such as Google Play, Netflix and YouTube as well as play a host of Android games. Google's voice search will help you get to what you want with ease and with Google Cast built in all the apps that support Chromecast will be able to interact with Android TV. The interface is primarily controlled through included TV-style remotes, but can also be used with a Bluetooth game controller or a remote app on your Android phone. App developers can target Android TV specifically when developing, and design apps and games with an interface that's specifically tailored to be viewed from a distance and controlled with a remote or game controller.
Sony has committed to putting Android TV on its complete 2015 TV lineup, with Sharp and TPVision committing to their 2015 TV lineup carrying the software. Android TV, and the first hardware to go with it, were announced at Google I/O 2014. Since then Google also released the Nexus Player, its first consumer-facing hardware to run Android TV, and other manufacturers have announced small set top box style units with the software on board.
05 November 2014
Android TV arrives with an impressive but imperfect first effort
The living room has been a tough nut to crack — for any company, not just Google. Cable companies generally don't want outsiders playing in their sandbox. That and the underpowered and seemingly unfocused endeavor that was the first Google TV generation doomed the likes of the Logitech Revue and relegated what was left of Google TV to glorified embedded status. The aborted Nexus Q gave way to the excellent, affordable Chromecast streaming stick.
And now we have Android TV. And the first member of this new family, the Nexus Player.
Like the Chromecast before it, the Nexus Player is a simple device. A flat, black puck, HDMI into a TV or receiver, wireless connectivity. And that's it.
Or, rather, it's just the beginning of this story, and one that's very much a part of the Android 5.0 Lollipop world.
And here, now, is our Nexus Player review.
25 June 2014
As expected, Google has taken the wraps off a new version Android for the living room at today's Google I/O 2014 keynote. Android TV, the successor to the ill-fated Google TV, brings a new, streamlined user interface to TVs, game consoles, and set top boxes, designed to put content front and center...
08 January 2015
Android TV and PC games streamed to your living room
Right at the beginning of CES 2015 Razer, known primarily for its PC gaming products, launched its first Android TV device. The Forge TV is headed our way in Q1 for $99 on its own or $149 as part of a bundle with a game controller...
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07 November 2015
If you own a Chromecast or Android TV, you'll want to check out the latest offers, which earn you $6 in Play Store credit.