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Android TV is a smart TV platform developed by Google Based on the Android 50 "Lollipop" operating system or later, it creates an interactive television experience through a 10-foot user interface It was initially announced on June 25, 2014, at Google I/O 2014 as a successor to Google's earlier attempt at a smart TV platform, which was Google TV

Android TV can be built both into TVs and into stand-alone digital media players Users have access to the Google Play Store to download Android apps, including media streaming services Netflix and Hulu, as well as games The platform emphasizes voice search to quickly find content or to answer queries such as which movies were nominated for an Academy Award in a specific year The TV interface is divided vertically into three sections: recommendations on top which update based on viewing habits, media apps in the middle, and games on the bottom The interface can be navigated using a game controller, remote control, or the Android TV mobile app Android TV also supports Google Cast, the technology behind Google's media player Chromecast that allows a mobile device to be used to select and control media playback on a TV

Google has partnered with Sony, Sharp, and Philips TP Vision to offer the platform in TVs, while Razer and Asus plan to release media players with a focus on gaming Google and Asus co-developed the first device to employ Android TV, the Nexus Player, released in November 2014 now discontinued Software developers will be able to use the Android SDK to optimize their apps for use on Android TV


  • 1 Features
  • 2 Digital media players
    • 21 Shield Android TV
    • 22 ADT-1
    • 23 Nexus Player
    • 24 Other third-party offerings
  • 3 Televisions
  • 4 Other devices
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References


Android TV allows consumers to use an HDTV set to play music, watch video originating from Internet services or a local network, and play games Emulators and Android Games Android TV can be paired with Bluetooth gaming controllers to interact with the system interface / applications, as well as, playing games Android TV also includes all features and streaming capabilities of the Chromecast device

  • Users can access the Google Play store directly through the user interface to rent/buy movies, TV shows and stream/play music
  • Live Channels by Google allows users to stream from media sources including the HDHomeRun TV tuner with TV Guide functionality
  • Kodi allows users to access a host of applications and content available through Kodi formerly XBMC
  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • YouTube
  • TED
  • HDHomeRun App
  • VLC
  • FX Now
  • Sling TV
  • Disney Movies Anywhere
  • Crackle
  • Epix
  • Plex
  • HGTV Watch
  • Haystack TV
  • PBS Kids Video
  • CNET
  • CBS News
  • Bloomberg TV+
  • HuffPost Live for Android TV
  • TuneIn Radio
  • iHeartRadio
  • Songza TV
  • CBS Sports
  • Red Bull TV
  • Vevo
  • Showtime
  • Spotify
  • SPB TV
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Twitter TV

Digital media players

Shield Android TV

Main article: Shield Android TV

The Shield Android TV by NVIDIA was announced on March 3, 2015, and initially marketed as the Shield Console The branding was changed because NVIDIA did not want to appear to be competing with eighth generation consoles Unlike the Nexus Player and the Forge TV, the Shield Android TV has a higher price point of US$200 A primary selling point of the device is the Tegra X1 chipset which is far more powerful than that of any previous Android TV device The set-top box also has 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, USB 30 ports, gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi ac The device ships with a Wi-Fi Direct NVIDIA-branded game controller Other features include integration with NVIDIA GameStream and GeForce NOW As with previous NVIDIA Shield branded devices, a small selection of NVIDIA-exclusive Android-ported AAA video games are optimised for the Tegra X1 chipset


The ADT-1 Developer Kit was released by Google before any commercial Android TV devices were released The hardware was given to some Google I/O 2014 attendees and later mailed to other developers The device uses a Tegra 4 chipset and has 16 GB of flash memory

Nexus Player

Main article: Nexus Player

The Google Nexus Player was the first consumer Android TV device, releasing first in the US on November 3, 2014, featuring an Intel Atom chipset and 8 GB of flash memory It supports 1080p, but not 4K Google has not revealed a successor to the Nexus Player and prices have been quietly cut at local retailers shortly after a September 29, 2015 event where Google revealed their next line of Nexus products along with an updated Chromecast leading to questions over the future of the Nexus Player and Android TV

Other third-party offerings

The Freebox Player Mini is offered by French ISP Free, and is a 4K capable Android TV set-top-box and accompanying Freebox Server FTTH/xDSL router

The Forge TV, by Razer, was announced at CES on January 6, 2015 Featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of flash storage, a USB 3 port and a gigabit Ethernet port, the Forge TV was marketed as a micro-console rather than a multimedia device Pre-orders began on April 23, 2015 at a price of US$100 with shipment by April 29, 2015

Korean telecom company LG UPlus announced in May 2015 that they will introduce Android TV on U+ tvG 4K UHD and U+ tvG Woofer IPTV STB provided by LG Electronics

In June 2015, French telecom company Bouygues Telecom announced an integrated set-top-box code named "Miami" based on Android TV The device launched in October


Sony, Sharp, and Philips announced that they would release TVs in 2015 running Android TV All TVs on the Android TV platform will support capabilities such as Google Cast, voice search, and the Play Store app Sony's Android TVs are currently available; in May 2015, Sony released the Bravia 2015 models running the platform They include a regular HD model and a 4K-capable model Sharp's television sets became available June 10, 2015, beginning with the release of two models Philips announced that 80% of their 2015 TVs will run Android TV, the first two models of which were released in June 2015

Other devices

At CES 2016, Google announced that Android TV devices will be available from Arcelik, Vestel, RCA, Hisense, TCL and Bang & Olufsen by the end of the year

See also

  • List of smart TV platforms and middleware software


  1. ^ Opam, Kwame June 25, 2014 "Google officially unveils Android TV" The Verge Vox Media Retrieved June 27, 2014 
  2. ^ Howley, Dan June 25, 2014 "Android TV: Google Takes Over The Living Room" Tom's Guide Purch Retrieved June 27, 2014 
  3. ^ Newman, Jared June 26, 2014 "The Promises and Perils of Android TV" Timecom Time, Inc Retrieved June 27, 2014 
  4. ^ a b Bonnington, Christina June 25, 2014 "With Android TV, Google Takes Another Shot at the Set-Top Box" Wired Condé Nast Retrieved June 27, 2014 
  5. ^ Hachman, Mark June 25, 2014 "Google launches Android TV -- and here's what it looks like" PC World IDG Consumer & SMB Retrieved June 27, 2014 
  6. ^ Google confirms the Nexus Player has been discontinued
  7. ^ Gordon, Joshua March 13, 2015 "Android TV: Haystack TV Doubles Engagement with Android TV" Google 
  8. ^ Chris Smith "NVIDIA Shield Android TV console: Specs, prices and release date - BGR" BGR 
  9. ^ Ryan Smith "NVIDIA's SHIELD Console Becomes SHIELD Android TV" 
  10. ^ "The Information: ADT-1 Is Actually A Cancelled 'Nexus TV' Project, Head Of [email protected] Has Left Google" Android Police 
  11. ^ "Google ADT-1" 
  12. ^ Adi Robertson 29 September 2015 "The 9 most important things from Google's Nexus event" The Verge Vox Media 
  13. ^ "Is the Nexus Player discontinued" XDA Developers 
  14. ^ "Razer Forge TV: part Android box, part complete surprise" TechRadar 
  15. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2015-05-24 Retrieved 2015-04-27 
  16. ^ The Korea Herald "LG Uplus launches new Android TV services" 
  17. ^ "Bouygues Telecom dévoile Miami, son futur décodeur Android TV" Clubiccom 
  18. ^ "Android TV will be in Sony, Sharp and Philips TVs next year" Engadget AOL 
  19. ^ "Televisions" 
  20. ^ "Sony Global - Sony's Android TV" 
  21. ^ Jacob Kastrenakes 10 June 2015 "Sharp's first 4K Android TVs are now available" The Verge Vox Media 
  22. ^ "Sharp introduces two new series of Smart TVs with Android TV on-board" Android Central 
  23. ^ a b "80% of Philips TVs for 2015 will be Android TV" Android Central 
  24. ^ "Official Android Blog: More fun in the living room with Android TV and with Google Cast speakers" Official Android Blog 

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