The Google I/O 2014 developer conference started on June 25 2014 and as expected with some interesting and exciting announcements. One of them was Android TV, which is third attempt by the company to take over the living room.
The company’s set-top box launched in 2010 as Google TV failed miserably, while its Chromecast, a streaming dongle, became quite popular.
Google has been quoted saying in a blog spot on June 25 2014 that “Now, in addition to Chromecast, Android TV brings all that you love about Android apps and games to your living room. Android is baked directly into your TV-watching experience, through a set-top box or as part of your TV. You can use voice search to find a live TV show, a good flick from Google Play, or a music video on YouTube. Plus, because it’s Android, you’ll be able to play your favorite Android games, reimagined for TV and with a gamepad. Android TV, which, like Chromecast, supports Google Cast technology, will ship with products from a single range of consumer electronics companies later this year.”
Android TV will be having a range of custom apps including Netflix, Pandora, Hulu as well as Google’s own apps such as YouTube, Hangouts, Play Movies and others. The device is likely to be commercially launched this fall. Android TV will also support gaming.