Google is going to launch its new TV platform Android TV at Google I/O in June. Here’s all you need to know about the politics, strategy and technology behind it.
Google hasn’t given up on bringing Android to the living room, and it has been working on a very different way to develop and publish apps on TVs.
Google is reportedly preparing for the launch of a new set-top box dubbed Android TV. Efforts to establish Android in the living room have been a long time coming.
Google is reportedly working on a Nexus-branded TV set-top box. But how much of this is really about wooing consumers?
Hisense is the latest to drop the Google TV brand for its new generation of Android-based TV devices. The company announced this week that it is building a new TV set dubbed the H6 SMART TV that features “the latest Google services for TV powered by Android 4.2.2” (hat tip to Engadget). The H6 will come in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch, and Hisense is also building a new set-top-box dubbed the Pulse PRO, which will replace the Hisense Pulse Google TT box. We reported first in October that Google was phasing out the Google TV brand as it merges the platform with Android.
Wouldn’t it be cool to use any handset to control your TV or to share media around your home? A deal to put Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol on LG Smart TVs brings that reality closer.
Google’s (S GOOG) Chromecast streaming adapter may get all the attention these days, but Google TV is still around as well — and it just got a small boost from French telco SFR, which is now offering an Android-based TV set-top box to its DSL subscribers. The device offers users access to Google Play, YouTube and Chrome, and combines those apps with live broadcast TV. This is the second such operator partnership for Google, which has been selling Android-powered set-top boxes to LG U+ customers in South Korea for some time. And it’s one more example of Google slowly moving away from the Google TV moniker, something we first reported in October.
Google TV devices from LG are getting updated to a more recent version of Android. Next up: a new name for the TV platform.
Google is getting ready to say good-bye to Google TV: The company is getting rid of the branding, but will continue to make Android available to TV manufacturers.
Sony’s got a dongle of its own, and it is combining Google TV with its own set of apps. What does that get you? Hulu Plus, for example.