Back in July, Google announced the Chromecast. Which we all thought was the end of Google TV, however Sundar Pichai said that they are still working on Google TV. Now there’s a new report surfacing this evening that Google is working on a “Nexus TV” which would run Android, stream video from services like Hulu, Netflix and YouTube, it will also play a selection of video games. This report comes out of The Information, which is a new site from Amir Efrati, who used to work with The WSJ. He is citing a anonymous Google Employee. The device is said to be ready for launch as soon as the first half of next year, according to this report.
These rumors are not new, and The WSJ had reported back earlier this year that Google’s Andy Rubin had demoed a set top box behind closed doors at CES in January of this year. Sources told the WSJ that the device would feature a Kinect-like motion sensor and could be controlled with an Android smartphone. Today’s report from The Information corroborates these details and adds that a purpose-built touchpad remote couple be included with the set-top box. Google reportedly showed off a version of the box to developers as recently as this past fall.
It’s also said that the device will not support live broadcasting, which would mean Google could avoid the hassle of trying to bring traditional content providers on board. If the Nexus TV reports are accurate, Google seems to be pursuing a similar strategy as Amazon, which is also rumored to have a set-top box of their own coming next year.
Google has tried their hands at the living room many times already. Remember Google TV has been around for a while, even though it hasn’t been all that popular. There was also the Nexus Q which Google announced back last year at Google I/O, which never actually made a launch. Who’s excited for this Nexus TV?