So long Google TV support, hello new Android TV partners
Aww, Google TV. We barely knew you existed.
Google officially stopped supporting Google TV today with a post on Google Plus Tuesday telling developers for the rarely-used platform that support would focus on Android TV from now on.
“Existing Google TV devices and all of the features of these devices will continue to work,” says the post, “and so will the apps you’ve developed for the Google TV platform.”
In a related post on the Android blog, Google shared more information about upcoming partners for the TV side of its business.
Sony, Sharp and TP Vision (Phillips TV) will begin to ship televisions with integrated Android TV, so that you can use the included remote to watch live TV, play games, watch movies and shows from Google Play and other apps. The new sets will have ready-to-use Google Cast, voice search, and will be available in a host of sizes and resolutions, including 4K.
Android TV also powers the newly announced Razer Forge TV, which ships in February. Huawei is also working on a streaming media player based on Android TV as well.
Android, launched in 2008, will now have a similar ecosystem as Apple’s own Apple TV and AirPlay. The Android team says it’s working with all major television and TV chip makers in this new push, including ARM, Broadcom, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Marvell, MediaTek, MStar, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and STMicroelectronics.