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