Android TV

One of today's big announcements was all about Android TV. More that the successor to Google TV, Android TV aims to bring all things Google and all things entertainment to your living room in one tiny black box.

The user interface has been greatly improved since our last visit with Google TV, with blocks of content delivered to your screen and everything else just a voice search away. It's something we're all waiting to try, because a little bit of Android mixed in with your favorite movies and TV just might be a way to kickstart a connected home.

One thing's for sure, though, Android TV looks awesome when running content on Unreal Engine 4.

Nicholas from Epic Games was on hand to give us the same demo Sundar and company showed us on stage at the keynote, and seeing it on a 55-inch TV just a few feet away will leave you impressed. Everything is smooth, the lighting and graphics are incredible, and it all went off with nary a flicker or tear. The Tegra K1 inside the Android TV box was built for this sort of thing, and it shows.

Google wants every Android TV manufactured to look and feel the same way. Hardware partners will have to support all the same OpenGL and other graphics extensions, which should lead to a better experience for everyone, as well as an easier time for game developers.

Google seems serious about TV this time, so we're excited to see what's in store.