Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Apr 2014 19:53 UTC
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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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Box with TV
by ezraz on Mon 7th Apr 2014 15:47 UTC
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Thom - the box sits next to the tv because the tv is a public, or at least shared, device.

your tablet or phone are yours, full of private info. most also have apps that will take over your connected TV screen if needed.

but a huge screen that does nothing unless you use your personal device to control it seems pretty useless to me.

wait -- they already have those - they are called computer monitors. you can already hang those all over your house, and just plug into it when needed. but no one does that.

that's why there are set-top boxes. my roku is the size of a cassette and black, so no one sees it anyway. i get firmware updates, an active channel store, and linux reliability for $69 only.

Edited 2014-04-07 15:53 UTC

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