Android TV

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Not to be confused with Google TV.
Android TV
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The ADT-1 set-top box, part of the official development kit for Android TV
Developer Google
Type Smart TV platform
Operating system Android
Online services Google Play
Predecessor Google TV

Android TV is a smart TV platform developed by Google. Running the Android operating system, it will create an interactive television experience by overlaying a 10-foot user interface on top of existing television programming. It was announced on June 25, 2014, at Google I/O 2014 as a successor to Google's earlier attempt at smart TV, Google TV.

Android TV can be built into both TVs and standalone set-top boxes. Users will have access to the Google Play Store to download Android apps, including media streaming services Netflix and Hulu, as well as games.[1] The platform emphasizes voice search to quickly find content or answer queries (such as which movies were nominated for an Academy Award in a specific year).[2] The TV interface is divided vertically into three sections: recommendations on top (which update based on viewing habits), media apps in the middle, and games on the bottom.[3] The interface can be navigated using a game controller, remote control, or the Android TV mobile app.[4] Android TV will also support Google Cast, the technology behind Google's media player Chromecast that allows a mobile device to be used to select and control media playback on a TV.[4]

Google is partnering with Sony, Sharp, and TP Vision to offer the platform in TVs planned for release in 2014 and 2015, while Razer and Asus plan to release set-top boxes with a focus on gaming late in 2014.[5] Software developers will be able to use the Android software development kit (SDK) to optimize their apps for use on Android TVs.

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  1. ^ Opam, Kwame (June 25, 2014). "Google officially unveils Android TV". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Howley, Dan (June 25, 2014). "Android TV: Google Takes Over The Living Room". Tom's Guide. Purch. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Newman, Jared (June 26, 2014). "The Promises and Perils of Android TV". Time, Inc. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Bonnington, Christina (June 25, 2014). "With Android TV, Google Takes Another Shot at the Set-Top Box". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hachman, Mark (June 25, 2014). "Google launches Android TV -- and here's what it looks like". PC World. IDG Consumer & SMB. Retrieved June 27, 2014.