After it’s first attempt at an online platform flopped, Google are moving on from Google TV. The search giant are said to be ready to launch the next incarnation of it’s streaming TV platform, with the imminent release of the Android TV software this month.
The expected announcement according to Gigaom will come at the 7th I/O developers conference in San Francisco on 25th of June, and will offer developers a platform to bring smart TV and games to selected hardware.
The Android TV service will be similar to the now pretty much forgotten Google TV concept, that offers a TV and internet service along with downloadable apps.
Android TV will run on a new UI known as ‘Pano’ which presents content using a new card-style interface and will give instant access to content within apps. So if searching for a paticular show or movie, a user can run it straight from the home screen rather than opening an app first.
It is expected that the top streaming services will be available at launch, so expect Netflix and Hulu Plus to be integrated with Android TV from the launch. Google is also said to be in discussions with several hardware manufacturers such as Sony, LG and Vizio about releasing Android TV devices in the coming month.
The service which will replace the Google TV platform is also expected to heavily concentrate on armchair gaming with a number of android apps as well as dedicated games being made available.