Images surface of the Google TV reboot called Android TV

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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23 Comments

1. wilsong17 unregistered

Cool with the right price and content I will buy one

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Can Google say Apple lawsuit?

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

5. lorenzattractor unregistered

It looks more like Windows 8...

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

15. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

3. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

7. Sauce unregistered

Looks almost exactly like Apple TV lolol

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

In what way???

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

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.

21. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

lol And you even took that thumbnail seriously? And just FYI, the "/s" is for people who take things too seriously. ;)

22. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

23. petedavison93

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

16. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

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

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol windows 8 knockoff.. Smh

9. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

The only difference being that it actually works...

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

12. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

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

18. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

a replica of the APPLE TV!

19. cmatej000

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

XBMC 4 Android, Install & Enjoy :)

20. greenlife

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

like a replica of the APPLE tv

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