Google’s really been stepping up its efforts to being Android into the living room, and following last year’s release of Chromecast, we saw the company announce Android TV at I/O yesterday. The platform will take full advantage of new tech arriving in Android L this fall, and during its keynote announcement Google revealed a few different forms Android TV will take. In addition to direct integration with new TV sets from companies like Sharp and Sony, Android TV will be available as an external device connected to “dumb” TVs. Today we hear from one of the OEMs producing such a box, as Razer announces its upcoming “micro-console.”
A focus on gaming isn’t surprising to hear about from a company like Razer, but keep in mind that the full Android TV experience extends far beyond gaming, giving users access to all the Play Store media content they’d be able to enjoy from any Android model – just this time, you can watch it on the big screen and listen through your home stereo.
Details on Razer’s box are light, and the company’s not sharing much more than a promise that it’s launching this fall. From the sound of things, it might not even ship with a dedicated controller (the company specifically mentions using a separate Android phone or tablet to interact with the system), so while Razer insists that there will be “an emphasis on gaming,” it sounds to us like this won’t be too different from a general purpose Android TV box. Really, that seems like part of Google’s intent with Android TV, and rather than seeing models laser-focused on any one task, they’ll all be able to hit a lot of different entertainment notes.