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 5.0 ("Lollipop")
Online services Google Play
Predecessor Google TV

Android TV is a smart TV platform developed by Google. Running the Android 5.0 ("Lollipop") operating system, it creates an interactive television experience through a 10-foot user interface. 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 stand-alone digital media players. Users 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 also supports 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 has partnered with Sony, Sharp, and TP Vision to offer the platform in TVs, while Razer and Asus plan to release set-top boxes with a focus on gaming.[5] The first device to employ Android TV is the Nexus Player, co-developed by Google and Asus, and released in November 2014. Software developers will be able to use the Android SDK to optimize their apps for use on Android TV.

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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.