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Android TV to launch at this years Google IO conference

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Big things are expected from Google today as their annual I/O conference gets under way, and thanks to a report that was posted to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on June 25, it seems as though one of those big things will be the introduction of Android TV.

Google is no stranger to the world of TV. A few years ago the tech giant tried to enter the homes of millions with it's Google TV devices and they failed in a big way, but this time Google will try to enter your home with a more traditional approach to streaming content to your TV.

The Android TV device is said to be like current streaming devices that are made by Roku, Amazon, and Apple. The Android TV set-top-box will be seen on stage today during the main Google Keynote, with one major partner in the project being announced also. According to the report from the WSJ, the device will carry the partners branding, but it does not rule out a Google branded streaming device either.

The Android TV set-top-box has the Amazon Fire TV firmly in its sights, and it too will focus heavily on gaming as well as media streaming. According to popular tech blog CNET, Android TV will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, but rumors also suggest that there will be some Android TV hardware that will feature processors from Intel as well.

Google have already been working alongside developers to ensure that there will be gaming content available from launch. Thanks to a early update to Riptide 2 (a popular racing game on Android), users were able to see that the game had been updated to support Android TV.

Besides gaming the Android TV will of course be able to stream from content giants such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora, and of course Google's own Play stores. There have not been any reports of pricing at this point, but one would have expect that pricing will be in line with the offerings from Amazon, and Apple.

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