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Google TV Gets Movie Streams From Android 4.0 Smartphones, Tablets

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    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    Before I post this article I want to mention a caveat - I have a hunch that these upcoming "Google TV" devices mentioned in the article are really just "android TV" devices (and not the official Google TV OS). But I can't say with complete certainty at this juncture - so I'm going to go ahead and post this article just for informational purposes (for those that might have an interest in it).

    Google TV gets movie streams from Android 4.0 smartphones, tablets - Computerworld (click for full article)

    "IDG News Service - An upcoming Google TV box based on Android 4.0 OS and an ARM processor will come closer to smartphones and tablets with the capability to play direct movie streams from Android 4.0 mobile devices, a set-top box maker said on Wednesday at the Computex trade show in Taipei.


    Honeywld Technology, a device maker, is making a Google TV set-top box that allow TVs to play movies streamed directly from Android smartphones or tablets, said Bryant Liu, a manager in the sales division of the company. The set-top box will also be able to synchronize multimedia content including pictures.


    Smartphones and tablets users will need to install a specific application on their mobile devices to enable streaming and synchronize with the Google TV box, Liu said. That application is under development, Liu said.


    The feature is much like that of the Apple TV, which can stream content from an iPad or iPhone for playback on a TV set. Samsung also offers a feature on its tablet to stream content to a Samsung TV. However, Samsung TVs are not based on Google TV software.


    Honeywld will start shipping the boxes in Taiwan around July, Liu said. Honeywld has only 30 to 40 employees and cannot afford to sell the set-top box worldwide, so the company is showing the device at Computex with the hopes that third-party device makers resell the product in other countries.


    The Honeywld set-top box has a Marvell dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, and runs a customized version of the Google TV software developed by the company, based on the Android 4.0 OS. The simplified user interface has a small video player, and a few icons that provide access to a web browser and links to sites such as Picasa and YouTube.


    Google TV boxes running version 4.0 of Android, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, will become widely available worldwide starting in the third quarter, Liu said. There are just a few ARM-based set-top boxes already out, with some running the new version of Google TV based on Android 4.0 or older versions of the OS, Liu said.


    The new devices also signal a reboot for Google TV software, which failed to find acceptance the first time round. The first version of Google TV was used in Sony's Internet TV and Logitech's Revue set-top box, which has been discontinued. In the wake of failure of the first wave of Google TV devices, Intel said it would exit the TV market. Google TV switched over to ARM processors with chip maker Marvell announcing support for Android-based software for TVs.


    A price for the Honeywld box has not been set yet, but Liu estimated it would be between $95 and $120. Users will not pay high prices for a Google TV box, Liu said.


    The set-top box has 4GB of flash storage, 1GB of DDR3 memory and a MicroSD slot. The box also has ports for Ethernet and HDMI video. Wi-Fi is available as an option."
     
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    Upcoming Google TV box will have Airplay-like features - from an unlikely source | VentureBeat (click for full article)

    "One feature that's been noticeably absent from Google TV, Google's connected-TV platform, is something akin to Apple's AirPlay, which allows iPad and iPhone the ability to stream content directly to Apple TV. But the little-known Taiwanese manufacturer Honeywld is working to change that.


    Its upcoming Google TV set-top box will be able to receive streaming content directly from Android tablets and smartphones, the company told IDGNews. This will allow users to very easily move content from smaller screens to their televisions.


    Alongside video, the device will also be able to synchronize other media content like music and pictures. To do this, users will have to install a special app onto their smartphones and tablets that will allow the streaming. Honeywld says the app is still in development.


    On the hardware side, the device comes equipped with 1GB RAM, 4GB flash storage, a MicroSD card slot, and HDMI and Ethernet ports.


    There are some complications, however. First, Honeywld is a tiny, tiny company, and its staff of 40 people won't be able to bring the box's production up to a global scale. To solve this, the company told IDG that it hopes to get a larger company to buy it from them and resell it globally.


    There's also the very real chance that Google will include the streaming functionality in the next version of the Google TV OS, which will make whatever Honeywld rolls out pretty superfluous.


    Google's response to this notion was, predictably, pretty vague. "We see lots of potential in having all of your living room devices work together, whether that's from us or from our growing developer community," a Google TV spokesperson told VentureBeat. What this means for the future is anyone's guess, but it still seems pretty likely that Google would introduce the streaming feature in the future.


    There's also the matter of price. Honeywld plans to sell the device for somewhere around $100, which seems like a lot to ask for a device that only has 4GB of flash storage.


    But what's good news here is that manufacturers, even the tiniest of ones, haven't yet given up hope on Google's television ambitions. With some high-profile failures, it's been a tough road for Google TV, but if the recent resurgence on support is any indication, the platform could be on its way back up."
     
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    Google TV Set-Top Box Will Stream Content From Android 4.0 Devices | WebProNews (click for full article)

    "One of the coolest things that Microsoft showed off during its E3 press conference this week was SmartGlass. In essence, it allows any mobile device to share information with the Xbox 360 in a meaningful way to deliver content both ways for games and movies. It's an evolution of Apple's AirPlay that allows mobile Apple devices to stream content to Apple TV.


    This is all to say that Google is now jumping into the over the air streaming from mobile devices to televisions. It's unfortunate, however, that the company is not pulling a Microsoft by reinventing the wheel. They seem perfectly content with just copying what Apple has done, just with an Android twist.


    Speaking to Computerworld, set-top box maker Honeywld Technology said that the upcoming Google TV set-top box will enable Android 4.0 devices to stream content to the set-top box. Just like with AirPlay, Android users will have to install an application that will enable the streaming functionality.


    Honeywld was showing off its new Android 4.0 set-top box this week at Computex. It features 4GB of flash storage, 1GB of DDR3 RAM and a microSD slot. As for ports, it features an ethernet and HDMI video out. Just like Apple TV, it will also feature wi-fi.


    The key difference from past Google TVs is that Intel is no longer making the processors that power the devices. Just like every other device that's not a high-powered PC these days, ARM will be supplying a Cortex-A9 processor that runs a customized version of Ice Cream Sandwich."
     
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    This sounds interesting. It certainly is reasonably priced - I hope that a company picks this box up for USA distribution. And I noticed it has a dual-core processor. It seems as though this streaming feature (mentioned in the articles) is supposed to be similar to Apple Airplay - although the Google box requires an app to accomplish this functionality - so it's not quite as integrated as Airplay.


    But what I still really question - is if this new "Google TV box" running ice cream sandwich - has the HDMI overlays like the true Google TV OS? If not then it's just a version of "android TV" with some new features. (There are already numerous different android TV device manufacturers in China).


    The fact that Honeywld claims that its Android 4.0-powered Google TV is custom software - implies these new features aren't official Google releases. It could still be pretty cool though. For example the Logitech Revue vidcam platform was a custom release (it wasn't part of a Google release) - but it's still pretty nice.


    I'll try to research it further......
     
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    I can already push movies from my phone or table via DLNA to my Sony GTV box.
     

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