Android TV in the works with games, movies and apps – rumour

By Brenna Hillier
7 April 2014 03:20 GMT

Rumour has it Google is preparing a new set-top device called Android TV, with support for games, movies, TV and apps.


Citing leaked documents, The Verge reports Google has brought major video providers and app developers on board what it’s calling “an entertainment device, not a computing platform”.

The set top box will apparently ship with a remote control equipped with a directional pad, which you’ll be able to use to play games. There will be “optional” game controllers as well, which suggests Google sees gaming as secondary or additive to Android TV’s other functions, as opposed to the main focus of the device.

Images of the documents show Plants vs Zombies 2, Asphalt 8, TripleTown, Where’s My Water and Temple Run, but these are likely mock ups.

Other details from The Verge’s report include word that the device will support voice input and limited notifications, that the interface will be consistent across most apps, and that the interface will be tightly focused on recommendations rather than browsing.

Google has not commented on the rumour, which follows the announce and release of Amazon Fire TV, an Android-powered streaming games and move set top box.

Thanks, Ausgamers.

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