Apr 05 AT 5:28 PM Nick Sarafolean 11 Comments

Google rumored to be creating Android TV software

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As Android becomes more prevalent throughout the world, Google is seeking to incorporate Android into an increasing number of electronic devices. Android Wear showed us a new future for smartwatch software, and now leaked documents obtained by The Verge claim that Google is planning to infiltrate our TVs with a new version of Android dubbed “Android TV.”

Android TV

Google has tried to take over the TV before with the flop-worthy Google TV and Chromecast. Android TV is different than either approach, though. As Google’s documents describe it, Android TV is “an entertainment interface.” We can expect Android TV to have similarities to current set-top boxes like Amazon’s Fire TV. Android will continue to power the show, but the interface will be reminiscent of other set-top boxes with a simple, scrolling UI that can be controlled with four-way control pad and a couple of other buttons on a remote.

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The leaked screenshots show Android TV as being very minimal, with categories that show movies, shows, apps and games. But rather than the traditional setup of searching for items within an app, Google wants to recommend things straight from the home screen. This would allow you to  click on a piece of content and enjoy it from whatever source is providing it. From the way it sounds, this feature will learn what you enjoy and try to recommend content that you’ll enjoy next. It’ll also let you pause something on your phone, tablet or computer and simply pick it back up on Android TV.

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Google’s plan is to provide easy-to-use interfaces that developers can customize with their own content. This seems to be a wise strategy, allowing consumers to get a feel for all of the apps while also taking some burden off of developers who would otherwise need to create an entirely new app for something as large as a TV. Simplicity and speed will be the key functions of Android TV, allowing you to stream content as easily as possible.

What are your thoughts on Android TV?

Source: The Verge

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Bpear96

    Leaked screenshots look great. Rather keep it all googely instead of going with something like a FireTV.c

  • major nelson

    looks exactly like Xbox One, the xbone

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  • bob

    Why is everyone cloning Roku?
    Done already no need.

  • donger

    Looking good.

  • Confused

    Chromecast is flop-worthy now??? I will give you Google TV, but Chromecast has been a big seller according to Google. I use the crap out of it now. That is a surprise statement to me.

  • steven walker

    Google is planning android TV? Seems that market graph of Amazon fire TV won’t raise at high stakes due to Google as its competitor. However on other-hand sales of Google Chrome-cast will not be affected at all. Planning’s of Google android TV are fantastic- when user-interface is concerned.
    Hats-off to Goddess-Google! – For its approach in Android TV and honor of salute to your fabulous exploration of Google plans. At the revelation of Amazon Fire TV, I thought to avail myself with Fire TV Set-Top Box but Google has finally changed my mind!!
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  • LonelySailor

    Android TV News: Exo Level, LLC Defeats Google, Inc

    ICANN Decision: Exo Level, LLC Defeats Google, Inc. ICANN UDRP Dispute on the Domain Names androidtv.com and xbmcandroidtv.com

    Full story online at:


  • LonelySailor

    AndroidTV.comâ„¢ presents the trailer for Neighbors, a riotous and hugely entertaining comedy starring Seth Rogan and Zac Efron which is set to release May 9th 2014.

    Married couple Mac and Kelly along with their newborn baby face some major challenges after a fraternity house moves in next door. Things go well at first with frat head Teddy (Zac Efron) bonding with Mac (Seth Rogan), and flirting with Kelly (Rose Byrne). But the peace doesn’t last long, with Delta Psi’s parties getting rowdier; the young family is forced to call the police, starting a comical and epic battle.

    Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
    Director: Nicholas Stoller
    Writers: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien

    ANDROID TVâ„¢ covers red carpet, award shows, movie premieres and original productions. ANDROID TVâ„¢ will have exclusive sit down interviews with the biggest celebrities.
    “We are excited to continue our mission that started in 2006- of distributing red carpet & exclusive interviews, entertainment news, independent film making,TV and movie content..” says Fernando Escovar original founder of ANDROID TVâ„¢ products and services.

  • LonelySailor


    Android TV was created in 2006 by Fernando Escovar. On November 2, 2006, Mr. Escovar registered the domain name androidtv.com with GoDaddy.com.

    http://androidtv.com was registered for purposes of displaying the type of Hollywood-centric videographic content that Mr. Escovar produced, but with a “bot” feel (or theme) to it.

    Shortly after registering the domain name androidtv.com, Mr. Escovar began advertising his business in connection with the new domain name as a commercial website that his customers could visit.

    For example, he began advertising in January of 2007 in Jack Magazine.

    EXOON Power Pro Powered By AndroidTV.comâ„¢

    Plug and play
    quad core processor
    450 feet wi fi
    blue tooth
    heat sync – prevents over heating and over all life span of the device
    custom firmware
    over the air updates
    ROM is fully rooted which makes it truly open sourced
    No restrictions to 3rd party app
    Pre Installed with XBMC and all the add ons for XBMC. Which allows consumers to stream tv and movies legally and for free.

  • MyMilan

    Not really all that interested in it. Haven’t found anything that offers more than Fire TV, but I’ll take a closer look at it after they announce the price.