Google TV arrived stillborn, Eric Schmidt’s “majority of TVs” never happened and, surprisingly, despite its numerous limitations, Chromecast is still selling very well. Nevertheless, Google isn’t done in the living room yet, but don’t look for the Nexus TV to stream live television — nobody’s figured that out, yet.
The Information (pay wall) is reporting that Google could unveil its latest living room play in the first half of 2014. Nexus TV is said to be a set top box that will offer the usual suspects — Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc — a limited selection of unnamed games and, this is the difference, Kinect-like motion sensor.
For what it’s worth, Google’s Andy Rubin is said to have demo’d the Nexus TV behind closed doors at CES Las Vegas in July. Details about the specific functionality of this feature are non-existant.
Information about a touchpad remote for the Nexus TV are similarly slim.
And, as noted in the lede, Nexus TV won’t offer live television, which shouldn’t be surprising. Intel’s set top box died on the alter of live TV and Apple’s long-ready full-fledged television has been interminably delayed because Hollywood has repeatedly refused to get on board.
Nexus TV: The Real Deal?
Lastly, Google’s Nexus TV likely will have company when (if) it hits the market next year — Amazon is said to be working on a set top streamer, too.
By this time next year, the streaming set top box market — Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Nexus TV, Amazon TV, etc? — could be a very, very crowded place by this time next year.
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Via The Verge, See also: Amazon’s Best Sellers in Televisions & Video Products, Image: Pandroid