The term Android TV is often used to refer to Google TV, which is one of the latest products from the Internet giant. The device enables you to use your TV to browse the Internet and watch all the video content that is available on the web. Until now, your TV and your computer were two separate devices with different functions. They also dealt with different content from different sources for the most part. But now, with Android TV, those two aspects are merged together into one platform where you can watch TV programs as well as content from the web with one single device.
Android TV uses the Android operating system which is a Linux-based OS developed basically for Smartphones and mobile computing devices like tablet PCs. Android Inc., was the original developer of this OS, and was acquired by Google in 2005. The Android code is released as open source under the Apache License.
Since it is open source, a number of third-party developers are able to write applications, known as apps, for the Android OS. Over 450,000 apps were available for the Android platform as of February 2012. Developers use a customized version of Java to write these apps. They then sell these apps to consumers who can download them from third-party sites or from Googles app store. By the end of 2011, already more than 10 billion copies of these apps had been downloaded by consumers.
The main advantage of Android TV over other similar platforms like Apple TV for instance is that Google has made these apps available for the Android TV platform as well. Therefore, apart from watching TV content from channel providers and video content from the Internet, Android TV users can also download these apps and use them on their Android TV. The apps greatly increase the functionality of the device.
There are thousands of games developed for Android which can be played on Android-enabled Smartphones as well as on the Android TV. Several other apps for productivity are also available which help you to do a number of things with your device. Third-party developers are coming up with an unbelievable array of apps to extend the functionality of these can control by remote control, mouse and keyboard and by smart phone. It integrated DLNA function, allow smart phone interactive with Android TV, Streamming video, photo and music from smart phone to TV. and similar technology, you can speak to smart phone and control TV.
So if you love TV programs and use the Internet heavily, then you can combine the two activities together using one device the Android TV. You can view the content side by side, sitting in your couch in the comfort of your living room.