The press conference packed CES 2015 launch day has been filled with all sorts of announcements from a large handful of the largest players in technology. Among these press events has been a lot of talk of the television set, and Sony was no exception.
Samsung had more than one TV on their stage, talking about the size, design and display quality, while they kept somewhat quiet about the fact that they were pushing forward with their own in-house operating system, Tizen, for their smart TVs. Sony went the opposite route, utilizing the Android based open option, built by Google.
Android TV is not Google’s first foray into smart TVs, and this is not the first time that Sony has committed to a Google TV platform, but this is the and largest commitment to the platform at this scale. Android TV was introduced at Google I/O back in June 2014. It has been slowly making its way forward from there, more recently launching the Nexus Player, an Android TV based set-top box.
Sony’s commitment with Android TV brings a bunch of awesome features to users as well. Including the power of the Google Play Store. Sony Bravia TV owners will be able to install their favorite Android games and so much more. Perhaps one of the best features will be the ability for Sony TVs to leverage built-in Google Cast functionality.
Google has seen much success with their Chromecast streaming device, and even announced an audio only hardware approach today. Best of all is the recent addition of full screen mirroring to the big screen for most devices.
We are loving what we are seeing so far out of Las Vegas and CES 2015, stay tuned for more coverage.
Does the addition of the Android TV OS make you want to look at a new Sony Bravia TV?