Move over, Apple TV, here comes Sony. No, it's not a little Android box that you plug into your television, but an entire series of Android TVs ranging from 43in to 75in. Here's what's on offer, and yes, it's good enough for Apple fanboys to want to take a bite off the Android cookies.
Sony’s Android TVs use the official Google Android OS 5.0, offering a variety of TV apps from the Google Play Store, and it's not limited to movies and TV shows. Mobile gaming enthusiasts, rejoice - it includes games. You can connect your gamepad or keyboard to the TV and get cracking on your games directly on the big screen. You don't need to worry about resolution - these will be specially optimized for the TV screen size. No half-hearted attempts here from Sony.
Even gamers need to watch television. Can't decide between continuing on your winning streak and catching the latest episode of The Mentalist? There's Sony's exclusive Catch-Up TV app, called Serial Abtak, which, you guessed it, lets you catch up on your shows anytime you want. Don't want to miss the pizza delivery guy's call while watching TV? Use Notify BRAVIA, which will flash the notifications from your smartphone onto the screen.
Google Cast. Yes, like Google Chromecast. Yes, yes, it's in-built. You can cast content from your smartphone, tablet (Android, iOS) or Windows PC/laptop directly onto the TV screen. You can even multi-task and check SNS, web and more with your smartphone. And if you're thinking this is one solid recipe for a double serving of couch potato, there's more. You can bark out search commands to Google through your Android TV using the Voice Search feature via a microphone-equipped remote.
With prices starting from ₹69,900, your big-screen Android experience isn't really out of reach, and four of the 13 Android TVs lined up are already available now. But the one we'd wait for would be the Sony BRAVIA X9000C series LED TV (₹TBA), which packs 4K goodness in a super-slim 4.9mm. Its new 4K Processor X1 works with current-gen HD and 4K broadcast content, which is distributed in a number of video compression formats. This technology also boasts of new-spec “HEVC” and “VP9”, which can receive 4K distribution services and YouTube in 4K. With its 4K X-Reality PRO up-scaling algorithm technology, this television can analyse and upscale to 4K resolution, providing the best image quality, regardless of the image source.
It's a good time to go Android, indeed.