Last summer, Google launched Chromecast, a small affordable device that lets you cast online video, music and anything from the web to your TV. It’s getting an update to make it even more powerful, with new features like the ability to allow others to cast to your TV without needing to be on the same WiFi network, and casting exactly what is on your Android phone or tablet screen directly to the TV. Now, in addition to Chromecast, Android TV brings all that you love about Android apps and games to your living room. Android will be baked directly into your TV-watching experience, through a set-top box or as part of your TV. You can use voice search to find a live TV show, a good flick from Google Play, or a music video on YouTube. Plus, because it’s Android, you’ll be able to play your favorite Android games, reimagined for TV and with a gamepad. Sony has committed to putting Android TV on its complete 2014 TV lineup, with Sharp and TPVision committing to their 2015 lineup carrying the software. Furthermore, streaming boxes by Razer and ASUS will be available this fall.
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