Android TV
Android TV
Android tv logo.svg
Android TV.jpg
The ADT-1 digital media player, part of the official development kit for Android TV
DeveloperGoogle
ManufacturerGoogle
TypeSmart TV platform
Release dateJune 25, 2014 (4 years ago)
Operating systemAndroid
Graphics1280 × 720, 1920 × 1080, 2560 × 1440, 3840 × 2160
Online servicesGoogle Play
PredecessorGoogle TV
Websitewww.android.com/tv

Android TV is a version of the Android operating system designed for digital media players. As a replacement for Google TV, it features a user interface designed around content discovery and voice search, surfacing content aggregated from various media apps and services, and integration with other recent Google technologies such as Assistant, Cast, and Knowledge Graph.

The platform was first unveiled in June 2014, with its Nexus Player launch device unveiled that October. The platform has also been adopted as smart TV middleware by a number of display companies including Sony, Sharp and VU TVs.

History

Android TV was first announced at Google I/O in June 2014, as a successor to the commercially unsuccessful Google TV. The Verge characterized it as being more in line with other digital media player platforms, but leveraging Google's Knowledge Graph project, Chromecast compatibility, a larger emphasis on search, closer ties to the Android ecosystem (including Google Play Store and integration with other Android families such as Android Wear), and focusing on supporting video games on the platform with support for Bluetooth gamepads and the Google Play Games framework.[1][2] Some attendees received the platform's development kit, the ADT-1; The Information reported that the ADT-1 was based on a scrapped "Nexus TV" launch device that was being developed internally by Google.[3][4]

Google unveiled the first Android TV device, the Nexus Player developed by Asus, at an hardware event in October 2014.[5]

Features

The Android TV platform is an adaptation of the Android OS for set-top boxes and as integrated software on smart TV hardware. Its home screen uses a vertically-scrolling, row-based interface, including a "content discovery" area populated by suggested content, followed by "Watch Now" rows that surface media content from installed apps. Android TV supports voice input for commands and universal search across multiple services; selected devices also support Google Assistant. All Android TV devices support Google Cast, allowing media to be queued to them from supported apps on either devices in an identical manner to Chromecast. Android TV supports software from Google Play Store, including media apps and games. Some Android TV devices, such as the Nvidia Shield and Razer Forge TV, are also marketed as microconsoles and bundled with a Bluetooth wireless gamepad.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Android TV Operator Tier

This version of Android TV is provided to service operators that implement Android TV on the device they provide to their subscribers to access and consume media content. The operator can customize the home screen and some embedded services onto the device running Android TV.

List of devices

Digital media players

Televisions

During Google I/O 2014, Google announced that Sharp, Sony, and TP Vision would release smart TVs with Android TV integrated in 2015. It was noted that support for handling TV-specific functions, such as input switching and tuning, were natively integrated into the Android platform.[12][13]

Sony unveiled a range of Bravia smart TVs running Android TV at CES 2015.[14] Sharp's television sets became available June 10, 2015,[15] beginning with the release of two models.[16] Philips announced that 80% of their 2015 TVs will run Android TV,[17] the first two models of which were released in June 2015.[17]

Google announced other television hardware partners in January 2016, including Arcelik, Bang & Olufsen, Hisense, RCA, TCL Corporation, and Vestel.[18][19]

Set-top boxes

Several television providers have released set-top boxes based on Android TV, including LG UPlus's U+ tvG Woofer and U+ tvG 4K UHD,[21] French ISP Free's Freebox Mini 4K,[22] and Bouygues Telecom's BBox Miami.[23]Dish Network released an Android TV device in 2017 known as the AirTV Player. It is marketed as being a companion to its Sling TV service and supports an optional adapter for attaching an antenna to receive over-the-air television.[24]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Opam, Kwame (June 25, 2014). "Google officially unveils Android TV". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "The Information: ADT-1 Is Actually A Cancelled 'Nexus TV' Project, Head Of Android@Home Has Left Google". Android Police.
  4. ^ "Here's Google's Android TV developer kit, the ADT-1". Geek.com. 2014-06-26. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Nexus Player is Google's first Android TV device". The Verge. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Hands On With the Razer Forge TV and Cortex Stream". PC Magazine. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Redesigned Razer Forge TV Harnesses Power of Ouya". Tom's Guide. 2016-01-09. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Smith, Ryan. "NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Console: Tegra X1 Android TV Box Shipping In May". Anandtech. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "The new Android TV home screen has the right ideas, but it's probably not enough". The Verge. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "What is Android TV, how does it work, and which devices offer it?". Pocket-lint. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Newman, Jared (June 26, 2014). "The Promises and Perils of Android TV". Time.com. Time, Inc. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Android TV will be in Sony, Sharp and Philips TVs next year". Engadget. AOL.
  13. ^ "Google announces Android TV hardware from Sony and Sharp at I/O". The Verge. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "All of Sony's new smart TVs run on Android TV". The Verge. Retrieved .
  15. ^ Jacob Kastrenakes (10 June 2015). "Sharp's first 4K Android TVs are now available". The Verge. Vox Media.
  16. ^ "Sharp introduces two new series of Smart TVs with Android TV on-board". Android Central.
  17. ^ a b "80% of Philips TVs for 2015 will be Android TV". Android Central.
  18. ^ "CES 2016: Android TV Spreads its Wings". Multichannel. Retrieved .
  19. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Google Announces New Chromecast Audio And Android TV Hardware Partners". TechCrunch. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "BRAVIA meets Android TV(TM)". Android. Retrieved .
  21. ^ The Korea Herald. "LG Uplus launches new Android TV services".
  22. ^ "Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international". SlashGear. 2015-03-11. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Bouygues Telecom dévoile Miami, son futur décodeur Android TV". Clubic.com.
  24. ^ "AirTV Player + Adapter review: An imperfect marriage of Sling TV and broadcast televsion (sic)". TechHive. Retrieved .

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