Android TV may be introduced at Google I/O later this month

Android TV may be introduced at Google I/O later this month
When Google published the list of stuff to be presented at its developer conference at the end of June, we noticed that there was no mention of Google TV, something that was presented back in 2010, and then pretty much felt forgotten about.

Then last year, we saw another way for Google to get into the living room, Chromecast, a nifty, simple, $35 HDMI dongle that will feed all manner of content to your big screen in the house.

With an apparent absence of Google TV on the agenda for Google I/O, one might think that Chromecast will spearhead efforts for a while, but that may not be the case. It is being reported that Google will introduce Android TV at the conference this year. Android TV will represent a new television software platform that is aimed at being simpler than Google TV, but more robust than what Chromecast is designed to deliver.

We shared some leaked images of what Android TV may look like from a user perspective a couple months ago. Hardware wise, Android TV could be a familiar form factor akin to a Roku or Apple TV, but the goal for Google is to deliver on the experience and win the manufacturers' hearts into building their televisions with Android TV.

So what makes Android TV tick beyond the fact that it is the Android operating system without a smartphone to kick around? The answer may lie in something called Pano. Pano is appearing in change logs for Android 4.4.3 and it appears to be the key to delivering content in a simple fashion as well as enabling continuation to and from a tablet or smartphone to the TV.

Android TV may also serve up a bit of gaming as well, which is something Chromecast cannot do. The idea being that people that are not serious gamers and will not drop big money on a dedicated console, may find the broader functions and features appealing.

If Google can get manufacturers on board to incorporate Android TV into their equipment, then would accomplish what is likely the main goal that was not achieved with Google TV. As for which OEM partners might take a jab at Android TV, it could very well be Sony, perhaps Vizio, maybe a few Chinese and other Japanese brands as well.

When we know more, we will let you know with our coverage of Google I/O, June 25th and 26th.

sources: GigaOM via PCMag



1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Let's watch the "Lord of the LAGS" or "Malware Express".

8. wilsong17 unregistered

This is made especially for people like you who lapse of memory

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Really ? That's great.

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Are you taking about desktop Windows???

2. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Definitely not LG as they bought WebOS and is seemingly intent on creating their own platform for their TVs with it. I'm not so sure Samsung would jump on it either. Since Google TV flopped and maybe it's their opportunity to get Tizen TV (or w/e it'll be) to stomp Google out of the TV software side before it can gain traction. Hell, I don't even think Sony would either, if they felt PlayStation was strong enough (like Vita TV etc.) but it obviously isn't so I guess they don't really have a choice.

3. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Would be nice if it gained some ground. I would like it to be like Apple TV but more open to content and websurfing.

4. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

Next year android washing machine and oven lol

6. wilsong17 unregistered

Already made you too late

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I want install smart home next! Samsung have already made the air-con and washing machine :-)

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Google wants to know even more about you. Surprise, surprise.

7. wilsong17 unregistered

Why are you surprised, if you are so smart than you wouldn't need a smart phone or Google search

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The "surprise, surprise" is sarcasm. Wanting there to be balance between individual rights and privacy vs. corporate interests is intelligent, at least to the extent that one wants to live in a society that is not completely dominated by fascism.

12. wilsong17 unregistered

You mean innovation... do you see Google bothering some 1 or do you see a Google Comercial shifting down the competition. .. by the way you don't need to buy this

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I know I don't need to buy this. No one "needs" to buy pretty much anything you will ever read about on PhoneArena. Google bothers people every day. They invade privacy with their streetview cars, people with camera backpacks, etc. How much this bothers people varies from person to person. IMO, mostly the people who embrace unregulated corporate power are wannable fascists.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013 Even in the mainstream, Google's schtick is starting to get tired. Time for a little regulatory smack down, like what is happening in Europe.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Like what is happening in Europe? Pedophiles, criminals, scam artists, dirty politicians would be the people to benefit from the right to be forgotten. A crap Doctor can now have any web page removed from the search results that has poor reviews about their practice. A person's right to know is far more important than the right to be forgotten. The European Union is a complete joke right now.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Still preaching your paranoia I see...

15. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Google is secretly creating ctOS :O

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