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Google TV to finally get the ax as Android TV takes its place

Zach Epstein
October 11th, 2013 at 8:55 AM
Android TV Launch

It is fairly safe at this point to call Google TV a failed experiment. Google secured several partners for the service and dozens of Google TV-powered set-top boxes and smart TVs have launched over the years — but consumers never really cared. At all. One early Google TV partner went as far as to call the decision to build a Google TV box a mistake that cost the company dearly. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise then, that Google has reportedly made the decision to call it quits with Google TV and launch a somewhat fresh new TV platform in its place.

According to a recent report from GigaOm, Google TV is on its way out. The product will be rebranded as “Android TV” — though the report notes Google’s new branding may still change — and it will pack some new features as well. Google will still rely on vendor partners to develop and launch their own devices powered by the new Android TV platform, though the recent Chromecast launch could be a good indication that Google will make its own TV play as well.

It is unclear when Android TV-powered devices might start hitting the market, though it could happen as soon as this fall. It is also unclear exactly what might make these devices any more appealing than their Google TV predecessors.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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