French company Bouygues Telecom has partnered with Google on past TV projects. For example, it’s set-top box the Bbox Miami currently runs Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) on the Google TV platform. However, they plan to update their devices to Android Lollipop (5.1) which means they will be running Android TV.
They’re currently looking for individuals to test out new versions of their STB which run Android TV. Beta testers are said to recruited in November, with tests beginning early next year.
The BBox Miami currently runs a modified version of Jelly Bean to add custom features from Bouygues Telecom like their own channel guide and live TV. It is unknown whether that feature will be integrated into Live Channels or remain as a standalone app. Additionally, there hasn’t been any statement as to whether the STB will be updated to Marshmallow at any point.
Marshmallow would make this box more capable, taking full advantage of the SD card and USB ports for external storage. The box is relatively underpowered, containing only 16GB of flash memory and 2GB of RAM. Still it is pretty small, about as long and wide as a pen.
This box comes with a telecom subscription service for 25.99 Euros per month, which is about $30/month.