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Google to launch game supported Android TV in June

MUMBAI: Web giant Google is reportedly all set to launch a gaming supported Android TV/ set-top platform around 25-26 June at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco.

Compared to Google TV, Android TV will feature a simple user interface called ‘Pano’ meant to enable fast access to media content. Apps will reportedly be able to provide one-click access to ‘individual pieces of content’ on the home screen.

The platform, based entirely around ease of use, will allow users to quickly search through content and begin playback of titles without having to enter third party applications. It will also enable TV and set-top box makers to deliver online streaming content to television.

The TV will be aided by Android’s large game developer base, also supporting casual gaming. Google has been rumoured to be working on a streaming/gaming set-top for a long time now.

With Android TV, the company hopes that the numerous Android game titles would be playable on the system, allowing for increase in content consumption through set-top boxes and built-in integration through partner OEMs. It is stated to compete with Amazon’s Fire TV.

Google TV was unveiled at I/O 2010, and also operated on the same principle but focussed on combining apps with paid TV content. However, Android TV will only focus on bringing streaming services and Android games to TV.