At the I/O developers conference yesterday, Google unveiled their vision of the set-top box, called Android TV. Packing much more than just screen mirroring as in Chromecast, the Android TV sounds better than the recently announced Amazon Fire TV. However, for Apple TV Hacks followers, most of the features on Android TV would seem like deja vu.
After the release of iPad Air people began re-imagining iPhones to match the “Air” aesthetics. But what about the possibility of an Apple TV Air? Well, nobody was expecting that. Curved is behind this one too, after the wirelessly rechargeable touch-enabled Apple TV remote concept and the remote slash gamepad concepts, showed off in the last couple of weeks.
Before you start rolling your eyes down this page, let me ask “Do you watch WWE matches?”. If you’re answer is ‘no’, there is no sensible reason to go beyond this point. On the other hand, if you like to watch men bashing heads on the ring and breaking necks with chairs, you can join our celebrations, because WWE shows are reported to be scheduled for an entry into the Apple TV.
Update: Google released an iOS app that lets you set up and manage your Chromecast.
It may look like Apple TV has finally got its worthy opponent. After the disasters with Nexus Q and Google TV, Google finally thinks they’ve hit the spot with Chromecast. Released yesterday, Chromecast is a HDMI dongle that can stream online content directly to your TV, via an Android or even an iOS device (Windows, Mac OS and Chrome OS are supported too).