Say hello to the leaked Android TV

April 5, 2014
    Android TV

    Image courtesy of The Verge

    With the launch of the Fire TV, pundits and enthusiasts have begun wondering just how Google is going to respond. It’s no secret that a new Google TV box is in the works that will be drastically different from the old Google TV platform. Now, it appears as though The Verge has obtained some documents that outline at least the operating system it will be running. Thus, say hello to the newly leaked Android TV.

    Android TV

    Image courtesy of The Verge

    What is Android TV all about?

    The first difference that should be immediately noticed is how the new Android TV looks nothing like the old Google TV. Google TV essentially turned your television into a giant tablet and acted as such. The home screens were similar, accessing apps was a similar process, and overall it was just a much larger version of the Android we all know and love. Android TV is none of these things.

    Access to content should be simple and magical. - leaked Google document

    As you can see, the interface is much closer to the likes of Apple TV and the Roku with a large, tiled, and more simplistic layout that looks reminiscent to what you would see on the Ouya or even the Xbox 360 version of Netflix. You surf up and down through tiled categories and then left and right to surf each category. It’s set up in a much more simplistic way that makes more sense on a television.

    According to the documents obtained by The Verge, Google writes that accessing content on Android TV should be, “simple and magical.” Considering that very few -if any- people complain about navigation on competitor boxes, it makes sense that Android TV would follow those same basic interface principles. It was even noted that the search would be secondary to the main interface which is generally something you don’t see Google do.

    It should never take more than three clicks or gestures to go from the homescreen to enjoying content. - leaked Google document

    Along with this drastically different interface, The Verge explains how Google plans on creating a consistent and engaging experience. Some features reported will be the ability to continue watching content you had started watching on your smartphone or tablet as well as a prediction system to help recommend more content for you to consume. There were also some details about gaming on Android TV which, if true, will put Fire TV in the hot seat.

    Android TV

    Image courtesy of The Verge

    In addition to detailing the new and improved Android TV interface, the documents obtained by The Verge outlines some application strategies as well. As the documents state, Google is currently getting app developers to develop apps specifically for the new Android TV so there will be some titles prepared at launch. Aside from that, there has been some postulation as to whether app devs will have to develop separately for Android TV and Chromecast since the two have wildly different interfaces. However, until the platform is launched and released, any speculation on that is just that: speculation.

    Now for the bad news. All of this information came from leaked documentation. So there is at least the possibility that the information could be dramatically changed before launch or entirely false. That means that until Google provides more details or until they launch the product, it’s probably a good idea to keep all of this in perspective and try not to get too excited.

    Okay, it’s okay to get a little excited. If this is how Android TV ends up, would you buy it over the Fire TV?

    Comments

    • Ankur Raghuvanshi

      its surprising to see that content writer of this post is an Indian

      • JosephHindy

        I am not Indian sir :)

        • Ankur Raghuvanshi

          well i misunderstood because you used a word “pundits” :P which is an sophisticated words to use. Its actual meaning is priest but it is also used for critics or fortune guesser by professional writers.
          http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pandit

          • Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth

            Yeah different meaning depending on where you’re from. His response made me laugh though :D

          • JosephHindy

            Oh thank goodness, when I started reading that response I was like “d’oh did I really use that word wrong?!” lol but thank you :) as writers we are always working on extending our vocabulary. You can only call something “awesome” so many times before people start commenting on it.

    • MasterMuffin

      Looks and sounds like Fire TV. Not complaining though, I know Google will do it better :P

      • joser116

        I just hope that the final product has an interface similar to Android Wear. I like the white, colorful, bright, clean and circular interface. I am also hoping that Google releases a Google-made box with this.

      • fredphoesh

        Fire TV is retarded by Amazon’s closed system. I would hope Google are less suffocating than that!

        • JosephHindy

          Hating on Amazon’s closed system is a little bit of a misnomer. Their system is closed off because Google’s closed system was too restrictive for what Amazon wanted to do. They’re both closed systems.

          • jeff

            They all r greedy as hell. Thats the root cause…MONEY…OURS!!!!

            • JosephHindy

              The point of a business’ existence is to make money. To judge them negatively based on their reason for existence would be like to call all humans perverts because we are biologically hardwired to reproduce.

            • Darcy Poe

              Nicely said. They are doing business, not social welfare! Google rocks though. This is gonna be legendary :)

    • Cal Waldie

      I’m still looking forward to those 4K TV-sized Android tablets. That’s the next step.

      • MasterMuffin

        TV sized tablets are called TVs :)

        • jeff

          Lol…duh

        • Cal Waldie

          Incorrect. TVs do not run the Android OS, and even smart TVs do not have the full capabilities of a tablet.

          • MasterMuffin

            Incorrect. There are TVs that run Android (at least one)

            • Cal Waldie

              And are they 4K? Good match.

    • Shark Bait

      I hope they can combine this, with gaming and Chromecast. Then it will kick apple and Amazon’s up the ass!

      • KK

        and chrome os so this can serve as a desktop as well

        • Coffey

          Or you could just use windows 8 if that’s what you want.

        • Shark Bait

          How would that even work ?

          • KK

            what do you mean by that? its box that outputs to a screen and is connected the wifi. what would be so hard about having chrome os on it and using it as a desktop?

            • Shark Bait

              OK I see what you mean, nothing to do with TV then, you do know they already exist

        • Tjaldid

          they need to have this support Intel, AMD and NVIDIA so we can play Real games on it

    • Jayfeather787

      This vs Ubuntu TV!!!

    • http://google.com/+mariblack Mari Black

      If this has Chromecasting and stuff it will be amazing. If we get everything Android powered, then we don’t need a Samsung brand to control another Samsung brand. OEMs will jus have to compete for the best experience and Google is in the middle of everything. Good plan Google.

    • PaulEVanscoy

      If we get everything Android powered, then we don’t need a Samsung brand to control another Samsung brand. OEMs will jus have to compete for the best experience and Google is in the middle of everything. Good plan Google. http://qr.net/stx3

      • http://google.com/+mariblack Mari Black

        Now why?

    • jeff

      I would like just a alacart. Where u pay for what u watch. Most people probably dont watch 25 to 30 at all. That should avg at 10.00 a month

    • Mhmd Ahmd

      just hope that the final product has an interface similar to Android Wea

      http://sm-phone.blogspot.com/

    • Heisenberg

      I’d like to see TV industry version of OHA.

    • Brandon Miranda

      I love it. It looks amazing.

    • Timmy

      I wonder if Google will give (or discount) one of these out when they rollout Fiber? I really like my Roku setup now but giving me free stuff might sway my opinion…and the ability to get to all the content I want.

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