When Google unveiled its Android TV platform this summer, the company announced that a number of TV and set-top-box makers would be launching products powered by the software which brings Android apps to a big screen. But so far there’s exactly one Android TV product you can buy: the Google Nexus Player from Google and Asus.
But we could start to see additional Android TV devices in 2015. Mobile Geeks reports that Sony will use Google’s software for smart TVs that could launch as soon as February.
Like the Google Nexus Player, Sony’s smart TVs will feature the Android TV user interface and access to content from the Google Play Store, support for Google’s Play Music, Play Movies, and other apps.
But they’ll also have a TV app that lets you switch to live broadcasts as well as support for Sony-specific features including PlayStation 4 Remote Play and PlayStation Now cloud gaming.
The TVs will come with remote controls featuring NFC for pairing and a microphone for voice actions. You’ll also be able to use a PlayStation controller to play Android or PlayStation games.
Sony’s new smart TVs will be available in a range of sizes with 1080p or 4K displays.
When I reviewed the Nexus Player, I was pretty impressed with the steps Google has taken to make Android more TV-friendly, but I was also underwhelmed by the number of apps available for the platform. If Sony is really planning on incorporating its own PlayStation features in its upcoming smart TVs, that could make the company’s Android TV products a bit more appealing.
The Android TV app ecosystem could also pick up next year. If Sony and other companies start to launch new products based on Google’s platform (and if consumers buy them), it could increase the Android TV user base — which could provide incentive for developers to add Android TV support to new or existing apps and games. That could be good for folks who have already bought a Nexus Player as well as anyone interested in buying a Sony TV with Android TV software in the future.