Recently my favorite company Google held their Google I/O 2014 keynote. They announced a lot cool stuff for their Android OS but the one that really caught my eyes was Android TV. Android TV is the successor to Google TV and it looks more promising than what Google TV offered. When Google first announced Google TV it had a lot of hype behind it but fell really short of the hype because the cable and content providers took their sweet time to jump over Google TV and some even blocked access to their content. This new streaming device is called Android TV and seems to have stronger backing this time around than Google TV did. Android TV plans on bringing Music, app, games, TV shows, movies, and Android OS to the front and center of your home. The Android TV is going to run Google Android TV so expect to see their service on the big screen like Google now, Google play game Service, and the Play Store.
They will have to compete with Amazon Fire TV as well of course (our Review on that coming soon), but for now let’s compare it to the other devices on the market that don’t have that Fire flare.
THE POWER INSIDE OF THE BOX
The Android TV will be a little box like Apple TV and Roku Box. The specs behind the Android TV are pretty beastly for a TV/internet TV box and seems to compete with the best if not better than the best:
- Tegra 4 chipset
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 2×2 MIMO dual-channel Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Ethernet Port
- HDMI port
- Android L Developer Preview
Google seems to really be beefing up their specs this time around compare to the Google TV, which had very underwhelming specs for Google standards and what I believe fans come to expect from them.
SOFTWARE AND FEATURES
Android TV is still keeping the basic core of what Google TV did by combing Live TV with Internet TV such as Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. The Android TV will be controlled by remote, voice commands, console controller, and your Android Wear such as Smart-watches. The UI also seems to be very user friendly and easy, unlike its predecessor. The Android TV is going with the 10-foot user interface which lays on top of your programming. This, to me, means Android TV is already better is already better than the horrid UI of Google TV.
GAMING ON THE ANDROID TV
The gaming aspect of the Android TV is shaping up to be nice with Gameloft, one of the bigger gaming mobile companies, already working on optimizing some games for Android TV. Just to name some of the titles to come to Android TV – Asphalt 8: Airborne, Despicable Me: Minion Rush, GT Racing 2, Dungeon Hunter 4, Ice Age Village, and Modern Combat 4 were all confirmed to be in the works. Gameloft has stated that they are working closely with Google to update these games. From the looks of it and the way Google talked about the gaming aspect of Android TV, they are taking this serious. They even showed off the Unreal Engine 4 running on Android TV. Also; Android TV will fully support the Google Play Games service which includes achievements, leaderboards, and along with full support for hardware controllers, giving players a similar experience to playing on a home console.
But will it be good enough to compete with the Amazon Fire TV? And does Google’s own gaming controller similar to the Fire TV’s Amazon Game Controller? (Stay Tuned for our Amazon Fire TV Review)
GOOGLE’S SECOND GO AROUND
After Google’s big reveal for their second try at doing TV they seem to be heading in the right direction and will be coming in strong against Apple and Roku. I will most likely be getting one of these after seeing what it can do first-hand. Yes. I know I tweeted first I would like invest in one, but my Xbox ONE does have a lot of these features already. I’m a big supporter of Google and they will always catch my eye on whatever they are doing from phones, TV, computers, or turning humans into cyborgs (Kidding, right?).
So I want to know – will you guys be getting an Android TV? Or do you think it will be a bust all over again? Let me know in the comment section below.
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