Less than a week after Amazon debuted Fire TV, it appears Google is ready to launch its own set-top box. Called "Android TV," Google's next attempt at taking over the living room will do pretty much what every other company is doing. "Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform," writes Google. "It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction." It will be "cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast."
Google has already attempted a number of TV-connected devices. However, Google TV was largely considered a failure. Chromecast, a $35 HDMI dongle, has been popular, and won't be phased out after the introduction of Android TV.
Like other TV-connected devices, Android TV will let you play movies, shows, apps, and of course, games. The initial library appears to be ports of mobile games, including Plants vs Zombies 2, Temple Run, Where's My Water, and more. However, with the exception of Ingress, it doesn't appear Google has much of a focus on gaming. According to The Verge, the device will support "optional" game controllers.
It being a Google device, search will be Android TV's unique differentiator, letting users find content--no matter what app they're in--by using voice search. But will it work better than Microsoft's offering?