The Forge TV, an Android TV box made by Razer, is now no longer available from the Google Store. This could be the first sign of Razer exiting the Android TV market. The Forge TV was announced at CES in January and released in April of this year. The device had decent hardware specs but launched to poor reviews due to buggy software and a lack of Netflix, an app that is still unavailable on the device to this day. Razer is still selling the Forge TV, as is Amazon, but being dropped from the Google Store is not a good sign for the device’s future, nor is it good for Android TV’s future.
According to Android Police, Razer never sent out review units of the Forge TV. They also never released the Razer Turret, one of the Forge TV’s primary accessories, which was shown off with the device at CES. Razer did acquire Ouya earlier this year, so while this might be the begining of the end for the Forge TV, it may not be the last set top box we see from Razer.
The questions is, what, if anything, does this mean for the future of Android TV? The Forge TV is one of only three Android TV boxes on the market. If the Forge TV gets discontinued, and the Nexus Player continues to fill the virtual clearance rack, can Android TV survive solely on the Nvidia Shield and embedded on a few television sets? I certainly hope so at least. Nothing will make a platform like the Fire TV go stale like a lack of competition. At least Apple and Roku seem to be keeping Amazon on their toes.