Multiple sources all but confirm Android TV’s Google I/O debut
In case you can’t bring yourself to wait just a few more hours, it’s (almost) confirmed. A report from The Wall Street Journal and an app changelog prematurely published by the developer of Riptide GP2 — Vector Unit — have revealed that an Android TV set-top box is likely coming today, along with some of the features it may have.
One of the key features of the one Android TV set-top box expected to be demoed is gaming integration with Android. There seemingly is a smooth handoff between playing on your phone and playing the same game on your TV, which brings us to our next point — the Riptide GP2 app update.
Version 1.2 of the app (now pulled) adds support for Android TV’s split-screen and a “safe-mode adjustment screen” for the TV product. What the latter means is beyond us, but the former is pretty clear.
Google’s strategy with Android TV will allegedly be the same as with regular Android, meaning hardware OEMs will be able to make their own boxes or TVs with the OS preinstalled. We will know in just a few hours.