Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Apr 2014 19:53 UTC

According to documents obtained exclusively by The Verge, Google is about to launch a renewed assault on your television set called Android TV. Major video app providers are building for the platform right now. Android TV may sound like a semantic difference - after all, Google TV was based on Android - but it's something very different. Android TV is no longer a crazy attempt to turn your TV into a bigger, more powerful smartphone. "Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform," writes Google. "It's all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction." It will be "cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast."

What does that all mean? It means that Android TV will look and feel a lot more like the rest of the set top boxes on the market, including Apple TV, Amazon's Fire TV, and Roku.

All these devices look the same. It's going to be very hard to stand out if they all have the same services. On top of that - I'm not putting a separate box next to my TV. Why can't my tablet or PC act as the box? This is 2014, is it not?

If you see a separate box, they blew it.

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RE[2]: Thom is not Steve Jobs
by thegman on Sat 5th Apr 2014 23:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Thom is not Steve Jobs"
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You're misunderstanding me.

The TV should act as a display. Nothing else. Stuff a cheap wireless HDMI dingle behind your TV, and done. The *tablet* is the box.

I see what you're saying, and for the technically savvy, it *might* be OK, but you're still introducing things just begging to fail. I've got a Miracast dongle, it works, but it's a ropey, nasty interface, which is a chore to use. I can push things from my tablet, but that's no good if my girlfriend wants to watch TV and I'm out and about using my tablet.

Even for the tech savvy, that idea of tablets/dongles etc. introduces points of failure, and also points where one manufacturer can blame the other for lack of function.

With the Apple TV (though I think it's rubbish), at least it's one box which is always plugged in, it's cheap and there is only one port of call to complain about failure.

For the non tech savvy, asking them to plug in dongles, download Miracast stuff, "pair" their devices etc. is too complicated, and for the tech savvy, it's just over engineered and waiting to fail.

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