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Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Google is rebooting its ambitions in the living room, launching Android TV. "In some ways, the TV space is not much different to the mobile space in 2006," Google pointed out, with smart TVs all having different interfaces, different sets of apps, and no cohesive ways for developers to create one app for all platforms. Android TV aims to change all that.

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Android TV coming to Google I/O, for real this time

Android TV coming to Google I/O, for real this time

Gaming is suggested to be the center of attention this year at Google’s presentation of Android TV. Where in past years, Google TV kept Android’s focus - since 2010, as it were - this year it’s tipped from within that Android TV will finally appear in full. With a user interface codenamed "Pano", this UI will take Google to your big screen - again.

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Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Android TV tipped to reboot Google TV’s rough edges

Google is readying a renewed attempt on the living room with Android TV, leaked internal documents suggest, ditching the ill-fated Google TV and trying to put content rather than individual services at the fore. The new platform, app support for which Google is supposedly courting developers for now, takes a more simplistic approach than the confusing Google TV, with a straightforward thumbnail interface and a background engine for recommended content.

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Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Google dropping Google TV brand as Android takes helm

Despite having been around for a while now, Google TV has never taken off in a big way, and some speculated that Chromecast would serve to replace it. Google's Sundar Pichai put such concerns to rest in July, however, saying that Google TV would live on as a "full-fledged Android for TV." While the company's intentions with its television platform haven't changed, word has surfaced that the Internet giant has dropped the Google TV brand, replacing it with a rebranding of "Android TV."

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Sony NSZ-GU1 TV dongle images and details surface via FCC

Sony NSZ-GU1 TV dongle images and details surface via FCC

The gang over the FCC has done us a solid and offered up some images and details of the Sony NSZ-GU1 TV dongle. The first details about this device surfaced earlier in the month and the FCC filing has now been updated with more details and pictures. The Sony TV dongle is the first new Google TV hardware seen since Chromecast launched.

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YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

Readying itself for the likes of Chromecast, PlayStation 4 (already on PS3), Google TV, and more, YouTube has been updated this week in its iOS and Android forms. This app already allowed the user to play any and all (save no-mobile) videos with ease, now the app will allow users to watch a video or Cast a video. This added bit of functionality had worked with devices like the Nexus Q and PlayStation 3 and Google TV in the past, but here we're seeing a "preview" screen appearing along with the ability to add said video to a queue.

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Google TV is not dead: Chromecast will co-exist

Google TV is not dead: Chromecast will co-exist

Do not worry that your Google TV will be losing support now that Chromecast has been introduced - on the contrary. This week none other than Google's Sundar Pichai spoke up in an interview confirming and denying several points on Chromecast specifically, making clear the idea that Google TV and Chromecast will exist as separate entities. In fact, Pichai, explained, Google TV will continue to expand as "full-fledged Android for television", complete with Chromecast support.

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Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV box appears to continue Google TV split

Kingnovel K-R42-1 Android TV box appears to continue Google TV split

This week the folks at Kingnovel have released a device by the name of K-R42-1, a so-called "Android TV box" made to utilize the mobile operating system on your big-screen television machine. What's odd about this machine - and similar television boxes running Android - is the fact that Google makes their own "Google TV" platform that also works with Android at its base. The differences between this machine's Android and Google TV's Android are slight.

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