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Google eyes Apple and Roku with Android TV

Also announces a handful of updates for its Chromecast dongle
Thu Jun 26 2014, 10:18
Google Android TV with Hulu and Netflix apps

GOOGLE TOOK ANOTHER SHOT at the television market with the unveiling of Android TV at its I/O Conference on Wednesday, as it ooks to challenge the likes of Apple and Roku.

Android TV will ship on hardware made by firms including Asus and Sony, and will run the same version of Android as smartphone and tablet devices, with Google creating a single Android SDK for all.

Google's David Burke said during the firm's I/O Conference keynote, "We're simply giving TV the same attention that phones and tablets have traditionally enjoyed, so there's now one Android SDK for all form factors."

Android TV products will offer a simple interface, where users will be able to access live TV, apps such as Netflix and games from the Google Play store, with the firm boasting that users will be able to play games with others.

Similar to Amazon's Fire TV, users will also be able to control Google's Android TV by barking at it. As with Google's Chromecast, users will also be able to control their Android TV device using their smartphone, tablet or Android Wear smartwatch.

Google announced a number of upcoming changes for its Chromecast TV dongle during Wednesday's I/O Conference, too. For example, users will able to Chromecast TV shows without being connected to the same WiFi network as the dongle, add their own photos to the ambient TV feed and mirror content from their smartphone or tablet to their TV.

It's unclear when these changes will debut, nor when the first Android TV devices will arrive on shelves. µ


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