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Android TV wave spells the end for Google TV

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The Google TV and Android TV teams took to Google+ today to announce the end of the road for the development on the Google TV platform. As the team indicates in their open “letter” to Google TV developers, the focus going forward will be working on the Android TV platform and helping OEMs get them to market. Much of this new focus is driven by the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the ability to bring Android to the television form factor. In addition to Android TV, Google’s own development team will be working on the Google Cast ecosystem.

Google’s developers say existing Google TV devices will continue to work, along with all of the apps that have been developed for the platform. However, Google TV libraries will no longer be available. Without being specific, they do indicate that a “small subset of Google TV devices will be updated to Android TV.” Other than those devices, Google is looking forward to new devices coming to market from Sony, Sharp, Philips and other manufacturers.

Google’s teams say they have made new Leanback support libraries available to help developers transition their existing apps over to the Android TV platform.

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source: +Google TV Developers

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