Android TV officially replaces Google TV
Google has announced that it official ends the reign of Google TV as Android TV grow rapidly.
In a post geared towards Google TV developers, Google announced on Google Plus account that the Google TV libraries will no longer be available, although existing Google TV devices will continue to work normally.
“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. We expect to see an exciting lineup of Android TV devices in the coming year, including TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips, as well as other set-top and over-the-top boxes.” the post read.
The company encourages Google TV developers to focus their attention on “Android TV apps and Cast-enabled apps.” The post further read that ” While the Google TV libraries will no longer be available, we’ve made it really easy to transition apps to Android TV using familiar Android development tools, as well as our new Leanback support libraries”
Google TV failed to gather much followers as many persons criticize it’s platform as being slow and cumbersome to operate. Moreover, the official Nexus Player was not distributed enough with only a few third-party boxes using the system.
With the likes of Sony, Phillips and others using Android TV as a smart TV interface, we expect Android TV I be a huge success.