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WSJ Says Android TV Set Top Box is Coming Today, Riptide GP2 Changelog Agrees

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Google I/O kicks off in a couple of hours, but already, the Wall Street Journal and Riptide GP2 have confirmed that Android TV will be a big part of the show. We expected it to be, but a WSJ report from last night suggests that a set top box will be on hand, one that may come off like a mix between a Roku and Fire TV. Also, an update pushed to Riptide GP2 says emphatically in its changelog that it will support Android TV and its split screen playing mode. 

The WSJ report talks about Android TV allowing you to play movies, games, and other media, which makes sense. They also note that you will be able to control that content on your TV through a tablet or phone. There may be better save/resume features built-in as well for gaming, meaning you could be on the road playing a game and then quickly resume where you left off as you return home through your Android TV.

The set top box that will be shown off today is said to not be Google-branded. Google will more than likely take the Google TV approach to Android TV in terms of hardware, which would be by allowing manufacturers to install Android TV software on their own hardware, rather than having Google create it, like they have done with the Chromecast.

Only a couple of hours away!

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Via:  WSJ
Cheers Justin!
  • EvanTheGamer

    Already a bunch of games are getting Android TV support, Wind-up Knight 2 and Kosmik Revenge among ‘em.

    But interesting that they would update their games with Android TV even after knowing that it won’t be available until later this year. Guess they wanted to get an early, early, early head start, or so it seems.

    Although, I guess others(news sites, reviewers, etc) will be getting to test drive Android TV soon I’d suspect…

  • Guest

    …..

  • ScoobySnack

    Ready to purchase!

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    I had a pic of the the Google Set top box that passed thru the FCC but I can’t find it. When I do I’ll post it..

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    I will be throwing my money at google if they intro this with cable card support and dvr abilities.

  • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 1PhoneDoesnt.com

    AndroidTV needs HDMI passthrough, please! Then it’s a transparent experience with our phones and tabs

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  • bogy25

    Would you do em?…..Oh and yes I will buy Google TV – anything Android I buy to promote!

  • Brent Cooper

    “which would be by allowing manufacturers to install Android TV software on their own hardware, rather than having Google create it, like they have done with the Chromecast.”

    So Chromecast isn’t Google? What?…

  • Ray

    Seems weird that you guys haven’t mentioned anything about IO

  • Bryan Mills

    More set top boxes, just what we need!

    Especially when the recent pics people have been using looks just like Windows 8.

  • Miguel

    Most likely Android TV will come with the Chromecast since it doesn’t make sense to release a new hardware, specially since Chromecast is doing so well.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Chromecast isn’t powerful enough for Android TV.

    • Fresh360

      The same reason Roku has a streaming stick as well as a streaming box, different use scenarios. I can have a Chromecast in my bedroom, kitchen, guest rooms for simply streaming but have a Android TV box with built in Chromecast functionality in the family room, rec room, or basement to be bale to play games, record TV, etc. They may overlap in the core functionality but the box would be more powerful.

    • Daistaar

      Not sure if Jonah Hill or George Zimmerman?

  • Miguel

    It’a about to get crazy… most likely Android TV will come with the Chromecast since it doesn’t make sense to release a new hardware, specially since Chromecast is doing so well.

  • NexusMan

    The Whats’s New info has since been changed

    • Mitch Joa

      Yep, changed the update from 1.2 (pictured above) to 1.1.1 listing native support for x86 devices, immersion mode, and minor bug fixes.

  • Michael

    Maybe they will let me trade in my Sony Google TV? Cash for Clunkers?

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  • sc0rch3d

    Android TV on Chromecast? please please please please please

    don’t want to buy another piece of hardware for the TV

    • Pratik Holla

      I’d be pretty surprised if it did come to chromecast. I doubt it posses the hardware capabilities to run games.

      • Justin W

        Agreed, but I’d like a stick that allows for use of the Android TV software. That would be an instabuy for at least one room if not more.