Apr 24 AT 12:31 PM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Amazon planning to introduce box to compete with Google TV


Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Amazon is planning to introduce a television set-top box this fall, according to three people familiar with the project who aren’t authorized to discuss it. Details are limited, but the device is being developed by Amazon’s Lab126 division, which created the Kindle family of products.

Amazon already offers a lineup of Android-powered tablets, and smartphones are rumored to be on the way, so it makes perfect sense that they would want to get try and take over your TV. The rumored Amazon set-top box would prominently feature Amazon’s Video on Demand store and their their Instant Video service, which is a free bonus for subscribers of Amazon Prime.

The new box should have no shortage of original, exclusive content. Just last week 14 shows debuted on the new Amazon Original TV Pilots from Amazon Studios. Amazon is monitoring the reviews and popularity of each pilot and will let the audience decide which shows become series. There are also 25 movies currently in development and in the processes of being tested with audiences.

We assume that Amazon’s set-top box will also run a version of Android, so we expect the device to have access to the growing Amazon Appstore for Android. Developers would need to optimize their apps for larger displays, but if anyone could convince them to do so it would be Amazon.

Hints suggest that Google TV will get a major refresh at Google IO next month, but Google’s TV platform has been sorely lacking in exciting new features and developer support. Competition is a good thing, so hopefully Amazon and Google will push each other to deliver more premium experiences.

What features and experiences would you like to see from an Amazon Kindle TV box?

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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  • Adryan maldonado

    facepalm… why i have it on my laoptop

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      And is your laptop always connected to your TV? Some people like having an always-on box connected to their TV.

      • Adrian L.

        Also does you’re laptop stream your TV through it so you can switch between it and what your watching on television seamlessly?

        probably not?

  • hurracayne

    I hope amazon scraps all those originals. They are terrible.

  • JonJJon

    Let’s (unfortunately) face it, its not going to take much to compete with Google TV :(

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That is sad, but it’s the truth with the current Google TV. The new Primetime app and voice search is nice, but it’s just not enough yet.

  • hokiewv

    I really see this as more of a competitor to Apple TV more than Google TV. I’m curious if Amazon would a Netflix streaming app or they would try to make it a walled garden a la Apple TV.

    I’d much rather continue with Plex or a Roku than invest in a system that limits my choices for media.

  • donger

    Amazon must have a lot of money & time.

  • Matt McAuley

    I wouldn’t purchase a kindle because of no play store, I won’t be purchasing an Amazon TV.

    • KG

      Same here

  • Carl Ingram

    It’s all about the new original content and google tv dosnt have any. Would be nice to have some original music concerts and shows, What about all the different music genres being covered by internet radio today but totally ignored by tv.We need somebody with passion to make some decent tv shows.