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Google reportedly gearing up to launch Android-powered ‘Nexus TV’ set-top box


For the past few months, rumors have been swirling that another living room device will soon be released by Google. In July, the Wall Street Journal reported on a device with a motion sensor and video camera, while GigaOM reported in October that Google was planning to drop the Google TV branding in favor of “Android TV.” This time around, The Information’s Amir Efrati reports that Google is planning to release a “Nexus TV” set-top box that will run Android.

The report, citing an anonymous Google employee, claims that the set-top box will have a camera for Hangouts, corroborating the WSJ’s report from earlier this year. The report also mentions that the device may come with a touchpad remote. Google reportedly showed this set-top box off to select developers as recently as this fall.

Finally ,The Information claims that this Nexus TV will not support live broadcasted TV. This would prevent Google from having to go through the licensing troubles of working with major content providers. As far as pricing and release information goes, the device will supposedly “aggressively priced” and released in the first half of 2014, making a Google I/O unveil possible.


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