Fresh Android TV details leak out


— 4:37 PM on April 7, 2014

Well, this is interesting. Less than a week ago, Amazon came out with its Fire TV, a $99 set-top box that doubles as a game console. This weekend, The Verge posted a boatload of leaked info about Google's rumored Android TV, and it turns out the Google device could wind up looking a lot like Amazon's.

Quoting "documents obtained exclusively by The Verge," the site says Android TV will have much more in common with existing set-top boxes (including the Apple TV and Roku) than with the somewhat stillborn Google TV platform. Android TV will have an "extremely simple set-top-box interface" with scrolling cards on shelves to represent content, the site says, and Google will include a basic remote with the device. There will be support for both voice input and optional game controllers, too.

The Verge adds that Google has called on "major video app providers" to build "extremely simple TV apps" for the device. The screenshots in The Verge's story show app icons for Hulu, Netflix, Songa, Pandora, and Vevo. There's even a Google Play store icon, which means users will presumably be able to download third-party apps (and games) of their choosing.

This isn't the first time we've heard of such a project at Google. In December, the rumor mill hinted that a Nexus-branded set-top box with both video streaming and gaming capabilities was in the works. Back then, word was that the device could launch in the first half of 2014 with an aggressive price tag.

   
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