We’re just a week into 2017, just finishing a seminal year for Android TV. There were a lot of big announcements and milestones set. We wanted to get an idea of which announcements were the most exciting, so we conducted a straw poll of readers on the site. The results are below from 50 voters.
Xiaomi Mi Box
At Google I/O, Hugo Barra introduced the Mi Box. It’s a cheap $70 streaming box that can play content in ultra-high definition and high-dynamic range. 38% of voters said this was the most exciting announcement.
USB Tuners / DVR in Live Channels
Android Nougat was announced in 2016, the next iteration of the Android operating system. On TVs, there were many new changes including picture-in-picture and multitasking.
One exciting new set of features came in the stock Android TV app Live Channels. The stock TV firmware now supports USB tuners, and shows can be recorded using the built-in DVR.
While 4% said Nougat was the most exciting feature, 40% said Live Channel features were the most exciting. Nougat could possibly be more exciting once it comes to more devices than just the Nexus Player. It will come to the NVIDIA Shield TV with their next software update.
New Apps & Games
The software collection for Android TV has grown, with new apps and games being published with support every day. 10% of voters said there was a particular app or game that finally arrived.
There’s a variety of things to be excited about. Even with the choices above, 8% stated some other announcement was more exciting. Let us know what you enjoyed the most in the comments below.