Google I/O 2014: Android TV announced

During Wednesday’s keynote speech at Google’s I/O conference, the company officially took the wrapping off its new Android TV.

Android TV will come built in to the newest models of Sharp and Sony televisions. Initial reports are also indicating that it will be available in the form of a set-top box a la Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.

The system will feature voice control that will allow users to search for whatever they want, whether it be, as exampled, Oscar nominated actors, or specific show and game titles. A selection of options based on the search will then appear on the TV screen.

The menu consists of a number of rows that allow for easy scrolling and navigation.

Users will be able to control Android TV via their smartphones, a game pad or even smart watches running the newly announced Android Wear.

Android TV will include full Google Cast support at launch, allowing users to use the system the same way they would with the Chromecast. Cross-platform gaming was also demoed using Android TV with one user using a gamepad on the TV, while the other was playing on a tablet.

Android TV will launch this fall. It will work with TVs, set-top boxes, streaming devices and consoles.

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