Google TV is being phased out as a brand by Google, but beginning to fade out, another competitor is about to step up — prepare for Android-based TV.Â Philips has recently announced a new Ultra HD (4K) model television that will use Google’s Android operating system when it launches in the second quarter of this year, as well as standard HD models that are Android-powered.
Available in 48 and 55-inch 1080p HD TVs as well as 44 inch 4K TV, these televisions will have access to the Google Play store, where apps like Netflix, YouTube and others can be installed with ease. For good measure, widgets will also offer live update information, and game controller support will be added as well.
Perhaps most important of all, games are seen as a key part of the experience. Philips has built in support for Bluetooth controllers, and the service filters out games that aren’t playable without a touchscreen. The Philips controller includes a full QWERTY keyboard and a microphone for voice commands, and the system also handles gestures as the video illustrates.
There’s no word yet on how much the TV’s will run, but more information should be unveiled soon. We’ll probaby be seeing more Android-powered TVs from other manufacturers, too, and games will certainly be a key part of everyone’s strategy.