Android TV Is Alive And Well!

 

While there hasn’t been much in the way of details, Google has quietly announced that Android TV and Google Cast will be expanding in the near future. This is fantastic news for Android TV fans. I don’t think anyone at AndroidTV.news had any doubt, but when the Nexus Player got overlooked at last fall’s Nexus event, people got worried that Google had given up on the platform. Given what happened to Google TV and countless other abandoned pet projects, I can understand. But Google’s latest official blog post is a reaffirmation of the platform being strong as ever with new hardware and software announcements.

 

I wish there was more to pull from the announcement but Google only reveals:

Sony and Sharp are adding to their Android TV product lines with Sony’s 2016 BRAVIA and Sharp’s Net Player. New devices are also on the way with RCA’s first Android TV, and Xiaomi’s sleek 4K set-top box. And in Europe, Android TV will be available from Beko, Grundig and Vestel starting in June.

It sounds like Sony is keeping Android TV on their BRAVIA lineup and Sharp is going to add a set-top box to their offerings. RCA will be joining the party with an Android TV TV set and Xiaomi will be challenging NVIDIA with their own 4K gaming box. I for one am very excited to hear more about these products and you know we will pass along any details we hear as soon as possible.

On the software side, Google gave a little summary of what Android N means to Android TV:

Picture-in-Picture: lets users play video while browsing other content. 

Recording APIs: brings recording functionality to live TV.

High Dynamic Range: supports the next frontier in 4K UHD video.

They have also announced a slew of apps coming soon!

In addition to the hundreds of apps currently available, many new apps are coming to Android TV such as CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, STARZ, WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, ESPN and many more.

Ahhhhhhhh, Google I/O… More as it comes!

Source: Google Official Blog

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  • Richard Branches

    I’m so happy the MI Box is the first Android TV box with mini optical audio output for old home theaters!!

  • NashGuy

    Anyone know what exactly the “Sharp Net Player” is? Google searches turn up nothing other than references to today’s blog post from Google. It sounds like a set-top box but it’s referenced along with actual TVs from Sony. Hard to say. Is “Net Player” just Sharp’s new branding for their Android TV-powered smart TV platform? Looking at Sharp’s US website, it doesn’t even appear that their 2016 model TVs are using Android TV. Who knows!?

    • Eric Anderson

      Sharp’s higher end UHD TVs are still using Android TV. I just confirmed on their website. It looks like this will be a separate media box which hasn’t been announced yet.

      • NashGuy

        OK, I was looking at sharptvusa.com, which appears to detail on their new-for-2016 N-series TVs, which appear to be manufactured by Hisense. But yes, going to sharpusa.com, I see that there are other model lines currently for sale that do feature Android TV.

    • Kawshik Ahmed

      SHARP Net Player available on Sharp’s Japanese Website
      http://www.sharp.co.jp/aquos/netplayer/

  • Juan Carlos Gutiérrez Barquero

    Still the big questions remains: when my current Android TV (Sony 2015) is going to be updated. Right now is a full version behind (still lollipop)

    • NashGuy

      That’s the problem with Android devices outside of the Nexus line — you never know how long it will take updates to arrive, or if they even will at all.