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Images surface of the Google TV reboot called Android TV

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Images surface of the Google TV reboot called Android TV
There have been rumors in the past that Sundar Pichai has been pushing a project to reboot Google TV, which has essentially fallen into disuse. Google hasn't been bothering to update the platform, despite promises to do so, and increased competition from the likes of Amazon. It seems unlikely that Google would abandon the living room, and now we're getting the first images of what could be the Android TV interface.

The plan is to simplify the experience offered with Google TV, which was ambitious, but didn't always work the way Google had hoped, mostly due to a lack of integration from cable providers. Word has it that Google already has major video app developers working on optimized apps for the Android TV platform, which will also be simplified from traditional offerings. The Android UI will be a simple card layout (of course, it is always cards with Google these days) that will scroll to display various apps and games. Each card will be image heavy, as you might expect, and the app UI is planned to be very consistent from app to app.

The system will support voice commands and notifications, just like the current Google TV, but Google is reportedly urging developers to use notifications sparingly. The remote will feature a Menu, Home, and Back button for navigation. And, there will also be an optional game controller, likely built by Green Throttle, the game controller company that Google quietly purchased not too long ago. 

Of course, this is still a Google product, which means there will be plenty of work going on behind the scenes. Google wants to be able to recommend and suggest content, as well as allow users to automatically continue watching something that was started on a phone or tablet. One leaked document reads that Google says "Access to content should be simple and magical". This means that it should only take a few clicks or a quick search to get to whatever you want. 


source: The Verge

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posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:25 2

1. wilsong17 (Posts: 872; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Cool with the right price and content I will buy one

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:35 1

2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1140; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Can Google say Apple lawsuit?

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:52 1

4. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


That image isn't part of the leaked ones, just the ones on the bottom. But we'll see :)

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:53 2

5. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


It looks more like Windows 8...

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:55 2

6. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Once again, Apple wasn't the first to do something like this.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:28 1

15. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


but Apple TV can't play games. It's full android OS with gaming capability

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 19:37 3

3. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


This plus XBMC, Media Broswer, Plex and others would be cool. I don't know, might turn my HTPC into a full time server and get this for my TV. I would love to see what custom roms and launchers come out for this.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:59 3

7. Sauce (unregistered)


Looks almost exactly like Apple TV lolol

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 00:14 4

13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1381; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


In what way???

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 00:42 2

14. hurrycanger (Posts: 1075; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


It's in a box shape with rounded corner!!! Just like the Apple TV!!!

/s

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:39 2

17. Sauce (unregistered)


Box shape. Black. White logo. Rounded corners. Same size. Same use.

BY THE WAY, whats up with all these people acting like SHYEEP now doing " /s " looool.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 10:56 1

21. hurrycanger (Posts: 1075; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


lol
And you even took that thumbnail seriously?

And just FYI, the "/s" is for people who take things too seriously. ;)

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 11:17 2

22. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


@Sauce I've been doing the /s or /sarcasm for years. It's a tip of the hat to html coding and one of the few ways to show that your being sarcastic online without being misinterpreted.

But by your logic your a teenage girl "SHYEEP" by using looool. I can see the point of using /s but not by laughing out out out out out loud.

posted on 08 Apr 2014, 15:21

23. petedavison93 (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


The article says "now we're getting the first images of what could be the Android TV interface." NOT "the Android TV box/unit etc"
I bet all my Google related products and services that that image is absolutely NOT what Android TV will look like if it ever comes to fruition.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 01:29 2

16. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


But Apple TV can't play games, this one can.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:10 4

8. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1812; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol windows 8 knockoff.. Smh

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 21:55 7

9. Adrian38 (Posts: 122; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


The only difference being that it actually works...

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:34 1

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Those are cards not tiles. Fanboys looking for a jab lol.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:34

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Those are cards not tiles. Fanboys looking for a jab lol.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 23:37 1

12. madmikepr (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


hangouts on a tv that should be nice.. :)

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 03:23 1

18. marlboro (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


a replica of the APPLE TV!

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 03:46 1

19. cmatej000 (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


XBMC 4 Android, Install & Enjoy :)

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:45 1

20. greenlife (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


like a replica of the APPLE tv

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