Google TV is officially dead and gone. This week the company quietly announced, via a Google+ post, that its Google TV technology is being shut down in lieu of its new Android TV technology.
Google TV Out — Android TV In
Existing Google TV products will continue to work, but it will no longer be getting updates, and the developer tools and libraries are no longer available.
If you purchased an actual Google TV set, or other set-top box powered by Google TV – the Vizio Co-star for example – no worries, those devices and apps will continue to work. And don’t throw away your Google TV device yet.
Some of the existing Google TV products will be upgraded to the new Android TV standard, but we don’t know which devices that will cover yet.
In its announcement Google says:
What does this mean for Google TV? Existing Google TV devices and all of the features of these devices will continue to work, and so will the apps you’ve developed for the Google TV platform. A small subset of Google TV devices will be updated to Android TV, but most Google TV devices won’t support the new platform.
You’ll start seeing full Android TV sets sometime this spring. For more on Android TV, and the television manufacturer’s it’s partnering with, check out this Google blog post.
Nexus Player Second Look
Right now the only consumer device you can experience Android TV is the recently released Nexus Player. It does have all of the Googlecast technology that a Chromecast has, plus it works more like a traditional set-top box like the Roku or Amazon Fire TV – including Fire TV’s gaming capability.
Google says it will bring more and better video content as well as multiplayer gaming into the living room with Android TV.
When I first showed you my first impressions of the Nexus Player, it was obvious the device isn’t ready for prime time compared to other devices in its category. However, since Google is pushing the new Android TV technology it might be time to take a second look at the Nexus Player.
Also, Razer announced a gaming console powered by Android TV called ForgeTV. It allows you to stream PC games to your big screen as well as the Google games you already can play on Nexus Player. This looks like a device that could really demonstrate the power of Android TV along with Googlecast – which is what the Chromecast uses.
What’s your take on this recent development? Are you looking forward to getting a set-top box with Android TV, or are you just fine with your $35 Chromecast?
Leave a comment below and let us know.