The Google TV and Android TV teams took to Google+ today to announce the end of the road for the development on the Google TV platform. As the team indicates in their open “letter” to Google TV developers, the focus going forward will be working on the Android TV platform and helping OEMs get them to market. Much of this new focus is driven by the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the ability to bring Android to the television form factor. In addition to Android TV, Google’s own development team will be working on the Google Cast ecosystem.
Way back in December of last year, Hisense unveiled the H6 Smart TV that was powered by Android 4.2.2. Today, that very same television finally has been given a price tag and put out on the open market. In addition to this, Hisense is still packing Android 4.2.2 here. The display is 55 inches and the price tag is fairly decent at “under $700 at select Walmart stores nationwide.” After glancing over at Walmart’s website, the price tag is sitting around $650.
Being that this is a smart TV, you can consume all of the media you would like. Or you can just pay $35 and pick up a Chromecast or even a $99 Amazon Fire TV. But if you are indeed in the market for a new television and would like the ease and comfort of it being always connected, take a look at Hisense’s latest offering.
Hit the break for the full press release.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Google 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
Plex, the popular media streaming service, recently added support for Chromecast— to keep things up to date, the company just launched a new website with direct casting options.
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.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.