Google has been trying to get people to use Android on TV for quite a while now. But despite a couple of not so successful attempts, the company stepped on the stage at the ongoing CES trade show event to make it clear that it hasn’t given up on its ambitious plan. The company announced that it has partnered with television makers Sony, Sharp, Philips, and TP Vision to ship Android TVs, regular TVs powered by Android OS. Some of the TV sets will be showcased at the ongoing event, and will release beginning March. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 43-inch, 50-inch and 55-inch launched in India, starts at Rs 31,999: When can you buy?
Since the TVs are running on Android, support for Android apps and games is obvious. The Mountain View giant said that in addition to that, the Android TV will also offer access to live television and feature support for voice search functionality. Users will also be able to mirror (cast) content from their Android-powered devices onto the TV without the need of any additional devices. Also Read - YouTube Shorts rolling out globally; will be available in over 100 countries
Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Material Design, which has been spreading across several of Google’s services, also dominates the user interface of the Android TV. The company says that these TVs will have displays ranging from 1080p standard to 4K. Also Read - Blaupunkt 'Made in India' Android TV models with up to 2GB RAM launched starting at Rs 14,999
At the sidelines of the events, Google also mentioned on its Google TV Developers page that “a small subset” of Google TV hardware would receive the Android TV software update. And while the rest would continue to function as usual, the platform’s development libraries would “no longer be available” to developers.
On the flip side, this is indeed a good news for TV makers, as they won’t have to figure out an operating system for the growing Smart TVs market. Several such companies including Hisense, Haier, and TCL have already partnered with Roku, best known for its streaming service, to have its operating system run on their sets. LG has webOS platform on its TV that it has been working on for quite some time now, and Samsung announced last week that it will be coupling its own Tizen-based OS on its TVs this year.