Google may be returning to your living room with Android TV

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Google TV is long gone, but Android TV may be resurrecting Google’s plans to own your living room. The Verge has obtained documents that spill the beans on what Google plans to do with Android TV. It is nothing like Google TV since Android TV is merely an interface to sit over a display and not an actual platform. So Android TV will be more like Apple TV, Roku, and even the new Amazon Fire TV. Android, of course, can be found at the core. » Read the rest

YouTube for Google TV reappears in Play Store, features improved stability

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The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.

As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.

Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.

Source: Android Police

Google buys Green Throttle Games in quest to develop set top box

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According to recent reports, Google has acquired Green Throttle Games and aims to use the parts and labor of the company in their quest to develop a set top box. Google has confirmed the reports, but no specifics about the deal have been released.

Green Throttle Games was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating a seamless gaming experience on Android devices. The company soon released an “Atlas” game controller that connects to Android devices via Bluetooth.

Reports of a Google set top box have been making the rounds for a while now, so these reports do make sense. If Google does in fact make gaming a selling point of their set top box, they would definitely have a chance of gaining ground on Apple TV.

Source: 9to5Google

Did YouTube for Google TV get canceled?

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In a rather odd move, the YouTube for Google TV app has disappeared from the Google Play Store. According to reports, users who already had the app can still see it in Google Play as an installed app. Outside of that, the app no longer shows up. Google has not issued a statement about why the app was seemingly canceled. Potentially Google may be planning to add support for Google TV into the main YouTube app.

source: Android Police

Search apps updated for Google TV

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You may be thinking it is too soon for The Walking Dead as the mid-season debut is still a couple weeks away, but lo and behold the Google TV platform is still lurking around and Google is still keeping it animated at a basic level. A couple apps key to Google TV have received an update proving the platform is not quite dead yet. The latest updates hit Google Play today and bring a few improvements to some basic search functions. » Read the rest

Pulse Pro Google TV-powered set-top box announced by Hisense

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hisense_pulse_proGoogle TV hasn’t been the company’s best venture, but that doesn’t stop other companies from expanding on the concept. At CES 2014, Hisense showed off their new set-top box, the Pulse Pro, which runs what Hisense calls Android TV v4. While it’s technically not Google TV, it runs Google TV apps and has the same PrimeTime guide.

However, Pulse Pro has some big differences from Google TV, including a very image-focused home screen design that allows for quicker access to hubs like Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon Video. Also, Pulse Pro comes with a better remote that has built-in buttons for Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon in addition to a microphone and motion sensor. Pricing and availability info is still up in the air, so we’ll have to see just how well it works.

Source: 9to5 Google

AllCast from ClockworkMod released to Play Store, will allow streaming of media to (pretty much) anywhere

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Koushik Dutta has done it again. His popular app, AllCast (which doesn’t require root access), has been released to the Play Store. The app will let you stream pictures and video to pretty much any device. This includes Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Samsung and Panasonic TVs, Google TV, and all DLNA-enabled devices.

Unsurprisingly, Chromecast is not supported because it’s still heavily restricted by Google. You can download the application for free, but you’ll get ads, splash-screens, and a limit on length of videos you can watch. To remove the limitations, you’ll have to pay a $4.99 fee for the unlock key— a price well worth it when you consider what you’re getting from the app.

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Google set to launch set-top box in 2014 with Nexus branding

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Google TV may be dead as a brand but Google isn’t leaving your living room just yet. Coinciding with a previous rumor, The Information is reporting that the company has plans to release a set-top box of its own in 2014. The device, which is being dubbed as ‘Nexus TV’ for now, will go head-to-head with Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon’s set-top box that was delayed to next year.

It would unsurprisingly be able to stream services like Netflix, Hulu, WatchESPN, and more while also running Android games. It is believed that games are controlled via a touchscreen controller; however, it is likely that this means Android phones and tablets can be used as a controller. Not on board is live TV, which isn’t too much of a surprise since it was a feature that failed to gain traction with Google TV. The gaming aspect is what could differentiate ‘Nexus TV’ from Chromecast because the $35 dongle has yet to, and likely couldn’t handle, gaming. ‘Nexus TV’ is rumored to stay true to the Nexus brand and deliver respected specifications at an aggressive price.

What would ‘Nexus TV’ need to make you choose it over the current crop of set-top boxes?

Source: The Information
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Some LG Google TV devices receiving Android 4.2.2, finally saying goodbye to Honeycomb

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Finally fulfilling a promise made back in May, some of LG’s Google TV devices are receiving the long-awaited Android 4.2.2 update. While updates are always welcome, this one takes away some of the finer treats of a Google TV device. The Chrome browser has been switched from the PC to Android version, leaving users without access to services like Hulu, watchESPN, or Crackle because Adobe Flash is gone. The update is 297.8 MB, so sit tight if you plan on grabbing it right away. Hit the break for the full changelog and another image of the update. » Read the rest