Google spent just 30 seconds on Android TV during today’s big keynote

Sundar Pichai, Google’s Senior Vice President of Products, took to the stage this morning to kick off Google I/O, the company’s largest annual event. The opening keynote presentation is where Google talks about and reveals information regarding their most important products, and is where Google announced Android TV a year ago. As Pichai, one-by-one, talked about each of Google’s top services, he eventually came to Android TV where he spent just 30 seconds on the subject. He mentioned the operating system would be released on Sony and Sharp TVs in the US and on Philips TVs in Europe. Pichai then covered Android TVs “streaming console” offerings by mentioning the Nvidia Shield and that “Razor has one.” He finished by saying that Android TV has doubled its user base in the last 3 months. Two hours later, the keynote ended without ever mentioning Android TV again.

Sundar Pichai ended today’s big keynote by saying “This is why [Google] I/O is so exciting for us. We get to share what we’ve been up to in the last year.” The fact that Android TV was virtually omitted from the presentation this year, when it was such a large part of last years keynote, doesn’t bode well for Google’s commitment to the platform. It’s not an indication of Google abandoning Android TV as a failure by any means, but I expected more than just a brief acknowledgement of its existence. The more competition the Fire TV has, the more likely Amazon will continue to push the platform forward with new features. I just hope the new Apple TV, rumored to be released next month, gives the Fire TV some competition.


  1. Russ W says:

    It would be nice for a change to have set top box with great app support that would don’t have to hack just to install Kodi/XBMC

  2. Pedro says:

    No need to hack FireTV, it has an option to allow sideloaded apks

  3. TheCodingDutchman says:

    They are having an entire live-streamed session about “developing for the livingroom” today. I’d check that out before yelling that the sky is falling.

  4. chris says:

    Lets be honest, the Fire TV can’t even compete wth the last Apple TV and its over 3 years old. I would never own a new Apple Tv, cause I prefer Android TV, but Amazon nor any other company that make Android boxes has been able to compete with the Apple TV, and I expect it to stay that way. Somehow Apple has been able to outsell Android at every step. It takes over 200 android devices to just match the sells of one Apple device. I hardly call that competition. Apple has a lock on the market and there is no denying that. Like Apple or not, they really have no competition. Its like Apple is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. They got em all in check. Apple is coming out with their own streaming service, and its gonna put them so far ahead in the market that nobody is gonna have a chance. Apple TV is the clear winner when it comes to set top boxes and Roku is the runner up, and its crazy because both boxes have nothing on Android TV boxes. Android TV is the best, but the best does not always win.

    • jason says:

      Im not sure what sales figures you are looking at but Apple tv doesn’t sell that much. The Apple tv 2 was a huge success but it also for a couple years was the only set top box unless you wanted to spend an arm and a leg.

      The fire tv is great. The thing other android boxes need to do is get netflix and hulu in HD and DD5.1 support. No other android box except the fire tv and stick and maybe the google nexus otherwise none other that i have seen support it.

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