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Google rumored to launch its own TV set-top box under the Nexus brand next year

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by Athlon646464, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Athlon646464

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    Google rumored to launch its own TV set-top box under the Nexus brand next year

    We haven't even seen the latest iteration of Google TV yet -- oops, sorry, that's "Android with Google services for TV" these days -- but a new rumor from The Information's Amir Efrati points to a Nexus-branded set-top box directly from Google in the first half of 2014.

    Previous rumors have noted TV-connected hardware focused on videoconferencing and gaming, and this new rumor also focuses on the latter, indicating that at this stage it runs Android game apps with a touchscreen controller, but doesn't carry live TV. The suggestion is that an "aggressively priced" gaming box (that also plays streaming internet video and is controlled by phone or tablet) would give Google the advertising foothold it's looking for on your family's TV screen.

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  2. fireponcoal

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    So we'll be able to to play awful tablet/smart phone games on a TV? So unbelievably unappealing.


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    I want to start this by saying that first and foremost, I'm a Nintendo Gamer. After that, I'm a PS3 gamer.

    Now, I also have an Ouya, and it's an Android based console that goes beyond touch games. It's not teeming with quality games, but the list grows constantly.

    If Google does this (and I remain unconvinced that they will) this Google box will have the Google Play Store behind it, and Android fans far and wide will buy it.

    Ouya lacks buyers and killer games, which are both things that Google could have an easier time overcoming given their reach with consumers and developers alike.
     
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    Ouya is ok in that I'm pretty sure it would make a pretty nice MAME box. Now that they sell them in Target perhaps more punters will take the plunge. It's sort of a hidden item even when one is shopping in the electronics department of Target. It's not garnering a whole lot of shelf space either.


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    I knew about Ouya, but I just happened upon it on the bottom shelf in Target.

    Ouya is supposed to be putting shelf displays in Target nationwide, and some locations have them. I do believe it includes a demo station too.

    Google has great distribution with both Amazon and Best Buy as well as Staples. People would get the chance to see this instead of just stumbling upon it in the castoff aisle at Target.
     
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    The problem with Android, has been proven time and time again, is that while they love to download apps, they hate paying for them

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/11/27/apples-ios-brings-developers-5x-more-revenue-per-download-than-android

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/aug/01/android-apple-google-play-apps
     
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    Yep, there is a huge disparity in revenue between the App Store and the Play Store, but if you look at who is making money on Google Play, and then consider that we're talking about gaming here, the point is pointless. As I'm sure one or maybe even both of those articles that you linked points out, free-to-play and ad supported games on Android have huge payouts.

    The developers making money on Google Play publish games, and those high grossing games are all low cost with heavy in-game purchasing opportunities, or they are straight free-to-play, or as I like to call them, pay-to-win. You can go to the Play Store on the web and see it for yourself. Every single top grossing game will be listed as "free".

    Games do exceedingly well on all platforms, even Windows Phone 8. You can't look only at the bottom line for the entire store and say that there is no contest. There are a lot of game developers cleaning up on Google Play. Even the lowly little Ouya employs a free-to-try angle for every single game, and a good number of those are free-to-play.

    Apple used to lead both in apps available, app downloads and revenue generated. They no longer lead in apps available or app downloads, and whether either of your two articles points this out or not, the revenue gap is closing, albeit at a slower pace. I don't know that the gap ever closes entirely, but I do think that like every other lead that Apple has had, this one will evaporate as well.
     

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