also lets you stream photos from phone to TV
New use cases for TV: "What about the 19 hours a day your TV is just a blank empty screen?" Ambient experience called Backdrop will use inactive TV as a canvas for art, photos, weather, and more.
Lovely ambient scenes that look nice, but who's going to pay my power bill keeping my plasma on all day long?
New Google Cast Ambient experience. Looks like a screensaver for your TV.
No details, sadly: "variety of technologies"
How does it work? Chandra says Cast can authenticate users in same room. If it can't, it'll ask for a PIN that will be present on screen.
Pressing the Cast button will allow Cast control through the cloud. Here's how it's done:
Btw, now Google is talking about Google Cast media streaming on Chromecast--which has nothing to do with Android TV. This is exactly the television fragmentation I was just talking about. How is the average consumer supposed to keep all of this straight? What incentive do they have to buy into this weird ecosystem?
Important new feature: you don't need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to control Cast anymore
New Chromecast feature: Others can cast to TV without being on same WiFi network. Their devices can connect to Chromecast via the cloud.
New "discovery experiences"... hmm...
Last 30 days, almost 50% of Chromecast were used on devices across multiple platforms. SDK will let any developer extend mobile or Web app to TV. 6,000 developers registered. "We're starting to see a lot of momentum."
6000 developers registered for Cast SDK since February.
AndroidTV will support Googlecast apps, a nice bonus to ensure that devs will continue to support the platform.
Launched Chromecast with 5 apps.
Usage of the device has increased 40 percent, but Chandra doesn't provide context.
Rishi Chandra, director of product management, says Chromecast is the top-selling electronics device on Amazon in U.S., U.K., France, Canada. Usage increased 40% from the third quarter of 2013.
A top selling device on Amazon in US, UK, France, Canada, he says.
"We've outsold all other streaming devices combined at major retailer channels like Best Buy," says Chandra.
This is probably the implementation of Google Cast on other devices.
OK, so Android TV still needs a smart tv to run, more or less? This limits its reach or market significantly. Because, if I'm reading this right, it doesn't run on Chromecast. Google continues to screw TV up by not settling on a single platform and swinging with full force.
Rishi Chandra talking Chromecast
Note: no Logitech on the list for Android TV. Don't blame 'em, after the GoogleTV debacle.
Fall releases for all Android TV hardware.
Razer, Asus, others will have streaming boxes
Wow, a fair number of supporters here, many more than jumped onboard for GoogleTV.
Sony, Sharp, and TP Vision will adopt Android TV in their sets.
Marvell, Intel, Qualcomm, Sharp, Sony, TPVision