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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own 117

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Amazon may have a slight lead in the world of Android-based TV-centric mini-boxes with its Amazon Fire TV, but according to this story, Google is getting set to release just such a box itself. "According to documents obtained exclusively by The Verge, Google is about to launch a renewed assault on your television set called Android TV. Major video app providers are building for the platform right now. Android TV may sound like a semantic difference — after all, Google TV was based on Android — but it’s something very different. Android TV is no longer a crazy attempt to turn your TV into a bigger, more powerful smartphone. "Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform," writes Google. "It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction." It will be "cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast." ... What does that all mean? It means that Android TV will look and feel a lot more like the rest of the set top boxes on the market, including Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV, and Roku."
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

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  • Re:I'll wait and see (Score:4, Informative)

    by mcrbids (148650) on Sunday April 06, 2014 @12:30AM (#46674037) Journal

    I have a "Google TV" and I love it! Also called a "TV Stick" they are best sellers on Amazon with many models to choose from starting at around $25. [] I bought an MK808B for my bedroom TV and it's hard not to love.

    1) It cost $40.

    2) It uses my already existing TV

    3) It streams Hulu, Netflix, CBS, NBC, and any other TV network that bothers with an Android app over wifi.

    4) It uses about 2.5 watts of power.

    5) It's not much bigger than a thumb stick.

    6) It works seamlessly with an "air mouse" wireless remote.

    7) It plays MP4 videos fluidly and runs uTorrent without issue.

    8) It has room for two USB devices and an SD card.

    9) Effortless support for 1080p resolution.

    What more do you want from set top box that actually hides behind the TV?

  • Re:hey google... (Score:5, Informative)

    by m.dillon (147925) on Sunday April 06, 2014 @12:47AM (#46674073) Homepage

    AppleTV had over $1B in revenue last year. It might not be a big segment of the market yet, but it isn't a small niche either and its growing like crazy. Plus the ongoing revenue from the product has insanely high margins.


  • by drolli (522659) on Sunday April 06, 2014 @04:26AM (#46674589) Journal

    Amazon: I really love your services, and if you allow VOD to be played on any android i will go take Amazon Prime immediatly. Dont try to puch your kindles on me.

    Google: Please focus on providing good infrastructure and OS integration in Android for everybody. Stop pushing you own Hardware. Once one company has all aspects (hardware, Software, Content) i will not like them any more.

    Samsung: Stop making smart TVs or other devices with own content channels. Your services suck and the bloatware you put on your android is the worst point about these devices.

  • Re:I'll wait and see (Score:4, Informative)

    by Hodr (219920) on Sunday April 06, 2014 @12:31PM (#46677037) Homepage

    First of all, that's not a Google TV, as the Google TV is an actual branded specially modified version of the OS with associated hardware.

    And most of these Android sticks do not effortlessly work at 1080P. Most of them are running only slightly modified versions of the Android OS that was paired with their processor (usually a RockChip variant) on one tablet or another. The reported resolution almost never matches the actual resolution (unless you update with one of the community based Android releases).

    For instance, in your Mk808B it doesn't actually run 1080P unless you update to the 1080P kernel (usually paired with the Finless ROM).

    They also have notoriously bad WiFi reception and speeds, overheat, and generally run buggy as hell.

    But don't take my word for it, read up at the forums at [] (Where you will find out that at real 1080P your MK808b can only run a select few videos)

  • Re:Chromecast? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Vendetta (85883) on Sunday April 06, 2014 @12:54PM (#46677153)
    You absolutely do NOT need to keep Netflix running on your phone and you absolutely CAN use your phone for something else while the Chromecast is streaming. I've been using a Chromecast since they came out and love it. In fact, my son is using it to watch cartoons on Netflix right now and I started the cartoon via my phone. I just rebooted my phone to see what would happen and sure enough, Netflix kept working just fine on the Chromecast. Once you start the stream, the Chromecast itself is what is communicating with Netflix/Youtube/whatever. One thing you are correct about is the local media streaming. That is a weakness, but you're incorrect on just about everything else in your post.

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