Android TV: Why Google Needs a Second Path to Television

Google has a runaway hit with Chromecast, the cheap, lightweight adapter for slinging Internet video to HDTVs, selling millions of the $35 dongles (just 30 bucks on Amazon!) since its launch last summer.So word that Google is staging a renewed push to bring the heftier Android TV platform into set-tops and connected TVs confounded some industry observers: Why would Google risk confusing consumers about which one to pick, and force developers to build for two separate device types? Shouldn’t the simpler, proven Chromecast demand its full focus? What’s more, the company already tried to embed the Android OS into TVs and streaming devices with Google TV — and failed spectacularly.

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