Details of Sony’s plans with regard to Android TV have emerged, revealing when and how the struggling manufacturer will adopt Google’s living room OS.
Google announced the Android TV platform back at Google I/O in June. It essentially adapts the existing Android platform for modern HD TVs.
Sony was the first major TV manufacturer to adopt the Android TV platform in a major way, announcing that its entire 2015 HD and 4K TV line-up would feature Android TV.
Now MobileGeeks has provided some details on what that will entail, courtesy of “anonymous Sony insiders.”
The report claims that mass production of Sony’s first Android TV sets will commence in January, and will start going on sale in late February.
Apparently, Android TV will be front and centre on the new Sony TV range. That means Google Play Store, Play Music, and Movies apps all accessible from the main menu. Even live TV will be handled as an app here.
Interestingly, the report also claims that the new range of Sony TVs will have direct access to Sony’s PS4 Remote Play, meaning you’ll be able to play games from your PS4 over your Wi-Fi network even if your Sony TV is in a different room.
PlayStation Now, Sony’s cloud gaming network, will also be on board, and will apparently be linked to Google’s Games offering.
The new Sony TV remotes will have mics for voice operation, as you might expect, and NFC will enable you to pair remotes and PS4 game controllers as well as transfer files directly, which all sounds intriguing.
Apparently, Sony’s Android TVs will start from a pretty low price. We’re talking from $700 (£447) for a 43-inch TV right up to $4,000 (£2,557) for a top of the range model.
All in all, we’re extremely excited to see how Sony’s and Google’s visions for TV sync in 2015.