Android TV goes official with Netflix on board and multiplayer gaming

Android TV goes official with Netflix on board and multiplayer gaming
Google has just unveiled Android TV, a new platform that will run on streaming boxes (much like the Apple TV) or that can be integrated in TV sets. 

It will be richer in functionality than the Apple TV, though, as it will support not just video and music streaming, but will also support full-on phone mirroring and run games on the TV (plus, it will also support multiplayer). Moreover, you will be able to control your Android TV not just via a smartphone or a tablet, but also with your smartphone. Let’s look at what it’s all about.

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Android TV is a lot about entertainment and good news is that Google has got its content in place: Netflix, TED, and others have signed up and will be available on it from the get-go.

Android TV Apps


Apart from just video, you’ll have a selection of tailor-made Android TV apps. Those apps have their specific design with a separate bright navigation screen on the left side.

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Android TV will also be able to easily show all the camera roll pictures from your phone on your big TV screen.

Not just that - you’d be able to have art, satellite photos, and so on as a photo frame, basically making your TV the biggest picture frame in your house.

Google Play Games


The killer feature of Android TV, however, is its support for Android games. You can even hook up a game controller and various other devices (tablets included, of course) to play in multiplayer against a friend. Android TV has full Google Cast support, so you can cast music easily and directly to a TV, and if a friend comes over, it’s also easy to stream tunes from his devices to Android TV.

Release date and partners


Along with Android TV, we will see the Google Play TV Store open doors this fall, packed with tailor-made apps. That’s when we guess we’d see the first Android TV streaming boxes, and Google confirmed that multiple companies will make those, Asus and Razer being just two.

Moreover, Google has won Sony, Sharp, TP Vision and Philips on its side, and all will support Android TV in their new TV ranges. Overall, this seems like a pretty comprehensive overhaul of the previous Google TV. How do you like what you see?

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13 Comments

1. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Indeed, YEH Apple ropes my Money !!!

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

man Google is killing this year with i/o......

6. wilsong17 unregistered

Not only that but also voice control like the Xbox one

3. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Google is putting in work!

4. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

64bits android tv = death of consoles

5. wilsong17 unregistered

damn way to go Googl. take my money$$$

7. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Thats why Rumors of apple tv make no sense, why make a screen with fixed size that costs thousands of dollar, when you can just make a box and sell softwares?

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Because love them or hate them, Apple exploits consumers. The hardcore fans and ridiculously rich will spend for the Apple name, even if the TV can't hold a candle to an LG or Samsung TV for half the price. If they can get their all-in-one TV off the ground, that is...

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

"And you will be able to control your Android TV not just via a smartphone or a tablet, but also with your smartphone." Wow, with my smartphone or tablet AND my smartphone? The future is now...

9. wilsong17 unregistered

Google voice... is a misplace word get over it

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Didn't guugle already failed at this? Lol , and where's the 4k support?

14. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

4k is cool but not enough people have a 4k tv and fast enough internet to stream a 4k picture. Everything I read says you need about a 50mbps to stream and be able to use you internet at home for anything other than email at the same time most of america is not there yet.

11. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

#WelcomeSkynet #io14

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