Google is planning to take another stab at the living room - that much we know. This time around, the search giant’s offering - aptly named Android TV - will be less ambitious and easier to use if the latest report from The Verge is to be believed.
According to documents obtained by the publication, major video app providers are currently building for the platform. Google will be marketing the device as an entertainment interface, not a computing platform. That makes sense considering it’s a play for the living room and not a mobile device like a Chromebook but the idea itself is a bit puzzling as Google already has a successful living room device in the $35 Chromecast.
The user interface will consist of a set of scrolling “cards” that showcase content as if it was sitting on a shelf. Users will interact with the device using a typical remote control complete with four-way directional pad, enter, home and back buttons.
As we recently saw with the Fire TV, Android TV will also support voice commands. Notifications will be present although Google is reportedly urging developers to use them sparingly as to not become annoying.
Google wants content to be just as easy to come by as the device is to use. As such, one document says it should never take more than three clicks or gestures to get from the home screen to playing a piece of content.
No word yet on when we can expect the device to launch or how much it’ll cost.