First Amazon Fire TV, now Google looks set for its own games-ready Android TV

Latest rumoured set-top box includes an optional game controller, and will play games.

Google looks like it's planning an Android set-top box of its own: the Android TV.

Documents obtained by The Verge describe the Android TV as "entertainment interface" and there's a mention of an optional game controller, which is similar to Amazon's recently released Fire TV.

The interface is (obviously) built with Android, but it is described as functioning under the hood--the UI will be a series of scrolling cards, with the report saying that users will never be more than 3 clicks away from the main screen and watching content. It is also said that the Android TV will focus on recommending content to the user, rather than displaying everything in a list.

The device will also be said to include voice input commands and notifications. Attached pictures show an interface that loosely resembles the aesthetic of the Google Play Store.

Google is said to be actively courting developers to port apps and games to the device. Images shown in the include tiles for Triple Town, Asphalt 8, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Temple Run, and Where's My Water?

Google did not comment on the report.

Amazon announced and released its own set-top box, the Android Fire TV, last week. Here's everything you need to know about the latest set-top box.

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17 comments
hystavito
hystavito

Ha ha, good luck with voice commands.  Don't you know Xbox One is the only way to voice command anything, and no one else could ever do it as well.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This is the best they could cook up at the GooglePlex? Google VS Amazon in the half console division.

ECH71
ECH71

If it plays Android games then "meh"...


If it streams proper games OnLive style then "welcome!"


No, wait, it's a Google product and ever since Larry Page became CEO, ruined Google Image Search, shoved Google- social networking down our throats, etc, etc, etc they can go to hell...

n3cw4rr10r
n3cw4rr10r

Too late to the party?  Already have a Roku. Dont think I will be investing in another set top box anytime soon.


Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Is there really a market for this?  I mean, can't people already access streaming TV and movies on other devices?  Are android games that popular?

unreal101
unreal101

Yes, let's saturate the market before even a single successful product of this type is out.


Maybe they should make G+ exclusive to this device, that'll REALLY drive sales   XD

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

Too much hardware... bubble bursting... they'll all be nonexistent in 3 years

Mraou
Mraou

They should call it the "Nexus TV".

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I still don't quite understand the point of these... Is the intention basically to just turn your TV in to an Smart TV?

Fair enough I guess, but you've still got to pay your subscriptions to Netflix etc. All seems a tad pointless :/

da_chub
da_chub

I would love to have a touch screen tv with built in everything...except with my Nintendo ----- hooked up too. Not temple run and plants vs zombie.

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

There is too many Android-powered hardware on the market right now.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

you see this one could actually work, google unlike most companies have the money to actually make this go somewhere. 

kyelo
kyelo

This rubbish will not take off. Far too many variations will just confuse the standard consumers. Maybe a TV producing company could force dominance by building them into their TVs(bit like what Sony did with Bluray/PS3).

unreal101
unreal101

@Gallowhand Exactly what everyone else is thinking. At best, these devices are trying to sell us features that we already have on many other machines.


There is a worst-case scenario here, though - Amazon and Google could start restricting apps and content to their proprietary hardware in an effort to gain an edge.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Techn1c4l Exactly. These are not the Androids you're looking for.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

... and Amazon doesn't?

Or Apple for that matter :/