Google brings Android to your TV
June is a month of exhibitions and announcements. We have WWDC this Monday (Apple fanboys are already going crazy about it for no particular reason as always), we have Computex, E3 and of course there’s Google I/O. Our search overlords are set to announce the launch of Android TV at the conference, which takes place in San Francisco later in June, according to multiple sources familiar with Google’s plans.
As GigaOm reports, Android TV will be a platform that manufacturers can use to bring streaming services to the TV. In a sense, it’s similar to Google TV, but it’ll be focused on streaming and Android games. Its card-based interface, codenamed Pano, will play a big part on that; the idea behind Pano is that apps can surface individual pieces of content right on the home screen in a card-like fashion so that users can browse movies, TV shows and other types of media as soon as they turn on an Android TV.
Here’s a part of the article in question:
Android TV’s key focus will be on simplicity, which will be reflected in the user interface. Key to that is something the company has internally been calling Pano. The idea behind Pano is that apps can surface individual pieces of content right on the home screen in a card-like fashion so that users can browse movies, TV shows and other types of media as soon as they turn on an Android TV.
Content will be presented in a series of cards that can be browsed horizontally, and each movie or TV show episode has deep links into publisher’s apps, giving users the option to start playback right away. That’s different from the traditional smart TV experience, where users generally first have to launch an app from a publisher, and then browse that apps catalog before they can play a title.
Read the rest of the very interesting article over at GigaOm.