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Android TV hands-on

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Android TV hands-on
Google has not had the best of luck when it comes to TV, but its last effort, Chromecast was a roaring success. The $35 HDMI dongle found itself outselling just about everything else out there. It is an excellent and affordable way to bring extra content to a family’s entertainment portfolio.

There are no “official” specifications for Android TV at this time, and we are certain they will change since Android TV is still in development and will not be available for sale until later this year.

Physically, Android TV is a small little box, less than half the size of a common household router, and even small when compared to other content and entertainment systems like Xbox One and Sony PlayStation.  Getting into the user experience, it is fast and fluid. It follows on the strengths of Google Play when browsing for content, and it is easy to navigate through all the features and apps. The controller we used for the hands-on looks like a gaming controller, but like Android TV, it too may change as things develop.

When the final product does make it to market however, it will have a number of applications ready to deliver content beyond the Play store. Netflix, Songza, YouTube, TuneIn, and the rest of the usual suspects already have their apps ready for you to acquire the moment you take Android TV out of the box. For any one of the billion Android users on planet earth, diving into Android TV will be instantly familiar.

We did not get into any game play because the volume on the TV was being finicky and it was requested that we keep the volume down. We have no reason to doubt the quality of gameplay however.

There is no information about how Android TV will be priced, or when it will be available. However, given that there are no mechanical systems on board that entertainment boxes like the Xbox One or Sony PlayStation have to allow DVD or disc-based game loading, we expect Android TV’s price point to be well below those systems.

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posted on 26 Jun 2014, 18:40 1

1. Mark7 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)

Quick Gasp - 0:03 - 0:05

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:19

7. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

ny word on HDMI passthough?

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 18:41 1

2. madmikepr (Posts: 138; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

If would be great if you can install apps from unknown sources :)

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:02 1

5. sip1995 (Posts: 1679; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

You mean sources like Apptoide etc, so mean cracked apps, so that means stealing.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:21 2

8. romeo1 (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Not always. Some apps aren't on the market and can be useful.
That's the beauty of open source. No restrictions if you write your own apps you can use them if you like to steal you can. but if you get caught it's your own problem

posted on 30 Jun 2014, 17:22

32. madmikepr (Posts: 138; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

Some of the best app are not available on the play store like a Walkman music app and is the best music app :) think out of the box not everyone want to steal :)

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 06:10

33. romeo1 (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Im sorry but that is kind of stealing. If you buy a sony phone you'll get the sony apps. If you don't sony won't give it to you cause they made it and aren't selling it on the market or anywhere else(if im correct). They only give it on their own products. Same with samsung/lg/htc etc.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 22:20

24. thunderkat (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)

Yes a fandroide on my side ! Yeah maddafakkas

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 18:56

3. nctx77 (Posts: 2373; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

This is nothing but a typical streaming box with gaming. There is nothing revolutionary at all. The general public will see this as the same crap that's been available for years.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:00

4. tedkord (Posts: 13785; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Speaking of crap, sounds like someone needs a diaper change. That's one titanic rash.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:02

28. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Tronsmart vega h,does everything this does and more,its the Google tv box that Google really should have released. The minix neo x8 is equally good

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:06

6. sip1995 (Posts: 1679; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Can't wait to buy it and download a Windows 8 launcher.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:23

9. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

At first I thought is was an os for tv.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:26 3

10. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)

Apple TV
Android TV

Whats next

Windows TV?

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 15:21

30. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

Ahhh for that to make sense Apple TV would have to be called iOS TV. Or you would have to have Google TV (Which launched back in 2010) and instead of Windows TV it would need to be called Microsoft TV. But yeah okay troll more.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 21:45

31. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)

Yet everyone on this site always refers to "Android vs Apple".

Hmmm…yea, tables turn when you want them to, Mr. Google.

Stop getting upset and offended. It was just a general statement.

If you feel trolled, Im sorry.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:28

11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1922; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

That blue light makes it look like what the PS5 make look like.

posted on 26 Jun 2014, 20:30 2

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 6533; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Google need to persuade partners like Samsung, Sony and LG to make TV using this OS to deliver content.

No an easy task as each has already used to their own TV OS. LG has webOS, Samsung and Sony has some in house custom software.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 02:57

26. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Won't happen, and you know it.

LG will use WebOS, Samsung using Tizen. All Samsung TV's will come with Tizen in future now (confirmed news).

There goes the 2 biggest names in TV. Only Sony "might" be an option.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 09:08

29. deviantirish79 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

Actually LG has used Google with their TV's in the past. (LG 55GA7900)
If this takes off well I could see LG going back to them unless webOS gets some major support.
Sony was the first to carry Google TV while it was basically beta.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 04:22

27. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

"We have no reason to doubt the quality of gameplay however."

google is certainly getting quite a free ride lately... :)

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