Google reported to launch Android TV at the Google I/O 2014 event with Pano UI
Google is all set to introduce an all new Android TV platform at the Google I/O conference this month, claims a GigaOM report. This report claims that the new platform will be a redesigned version of the already existing Google TV platform with the focus on online content and Android gaming.
This platform will be pre-loaded on the TVs and set-top boxes by the manufacturers thereby letting the users to enjoy a bevy of streaming services. The major highlight of Android TV is the UI that is called Pano. This UI will let applications to show information on the homescreen in a card like layout that will let users to easily browse the interesting content once they turn on their Android based TV or set-up box.
Also, the Android 4.4.3 KitKat change-log that got leaked last month has references to the Pano UI. GigaOM says that the UI will be similar to the UI that has been revealed by The Verge in April. Earlier leaks surrounding Android TV suggested that the Pano UI will support voice commands and display the notifications of the Android device on TV.
It has to be noted that Google aims to replace the ordinary TV with its Android TV to make it a hub for all the movies, apps, games and shows. The search engine giant is also said to be working with some developers to prepare apps for the forthcoming platform. The remote for the same is expected to have a four-directional pad for scrolling with Home, Enter and Back buttons. Google seems to have plans to provide support for game controllers as well.
We are less than three weeks away for the Google I/O to take place and we will get to see more information about the Android TV in the mean time through rumors and speculations.