France’s Free may use Android TV for its next set-top box

Google may have found another partner for its new Android TV platform: French telco giant Free is looking to launch an Android TV-based set-top box soon, according to a FRAndroid report. The device would offer access to Google’s Play store, and presumably also carry apps for services like YouTube and the newly-launched French version of Netflix.

FRAndroid based its report on unnamed sources, but also noted that [company]Free[/company]’s TV hardware is due for a refresh. A Google spokesperson declined to comment.

[company]Google[/company] introduced Android TV at its Google I/O developer conference in June as its next step for the living room. The platform is based on Android L, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system, and includes some TV-specific features, including a special home screen that features videos from apps installed on the system in a cards-based interface.

Some of Google’s launch partners for Android TV include [company]Sony[/company], [company]Sharp[/company] and [company]Razer[/company], but company representatives also told me that they want to continue to work with pay TV operators. Google previously struck an alliance for LG in Korea to power its Uplus TV service with Google TV-based hardware, and it looks like Uplus will make use of Android TV hardware as well.

Check out a first look at Android TV below: