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Supposedly, a smattering of support docs for Android TV were leaked from Google. These support docs lend credibility to the rumors that Google will be ready to launch Android TV to replace Google TV very soon.
Besides a streamlined interface, it looks like the Android TV remote is being redesigned as well, with a focus on navigating easily back and forth between menus. Here are some of the quotes found from Google in the documents,
While none of us here at HQ were surprised that Amazon just made this announcement, we were all surprised at the "out of the blue" timing of it. For some time there have been rumors that Amazon would be creating their own TV set-top box product to compete with Apple TV and Google TV and Google's Chromecast. Today those rumors were confirmed when Amazon officially announced Fire TV.
Fire TV is just what you would expect. It is a new device which plugs into your television lets you stream video content from the Internet. The primary focus of Fire TV will be Amazon Prime Video, and it will also support third-party content, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. Amazon even shared that apps like HBO Go and Showtime Anytime will be coming down the pike later.
As usual, the Fire TV will run a customized version of Android, just like the Kindle Fire tablet. Here are a few hardware specs of the device:
- Quad-core processor (supposedly is three times more...
In he blink of an eye last week, YouTube was killed off and removed from Google TV. Of course, sometimes something old has die in order to bring something new. Like a winged phoenix, YouTube is back to the Google TV. Not only that, but this time it includes an update to version 1.7.5. Here's what this new update includes:
Just last week Koushik Dutta was teasing that he might have Android mirroring ready for the Chromecast soon. He must have worked hard on it all weekend, because he has already put up a video demo of the mirroring in action. While the video demo is obviously not the same thing as a release (beta or otherwise), it's still great to see that he is quite a bit closer to bringing this functionality to the public.
As an homage (or a big joke - we aren't sure which), Koush used Flappy Birds as an example of what he can mirror. You will notice there is still a bit of lag, but that is to be expected. Eventually, Koush plans on bringing this Android mirroring functionality to his AllCast app. We will keep you updated!
To say the Chromecast is a rousing success is a bit of an understatement. It hit the market from out of nowhere like a whirlwind and quickly became the top selling Amazon device for quite some time. Now that some of the dust has settled, the Chromecast is now preparing to wow us yet again. Google's Chromecast chief Mario Queiroz recently shared that new improvements are coming for the "little device that could" (our reference), and this is in fact in preparation to take the Chromecast to the global stage.
Before Chromecast, Google struggled to gain any traction in our living rooms. Despite being a solid product, Google TV just hasn't struck a chord with the "traditional living room crowd." The Chromecast, on the other hand, makes getting streaming content to our TV much easier. The strength of the device is...
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