Financial News

  • 26 June 2014, 11:26

Google 'Everywhere': Car, Wrist And TV Software

Google has revealed its plans to bring its revamped Android software to television sets, cars and watches.

Some four years after Google TV failed to catch on with consumers, Android TV, available later this year, is a set-top box which aims to take on those of its rivals including Amazon's Fire TV and Apple Inc's Apple TV.

It has been designed to play movies and TV shows - and give viewers an easy interface through which to search for and display content via either a gaming controller, remote, or an app.

The software has also been tailored for wearable devices, with Samsung and LG smartwatches running Android Wear from Wednesday, which can also be used to navigate through the interface.

The first cars running Android Auto software for navigation, music and messaging will hit showrooms later this year.

The company said around 40 car firms had signed onto its software development alliance, but did not say which ones will build the device into their vehicles.

It also unveiled Android L - the next version of its software for smartphones and tablets - and a new service on smartwatches and other mobile devices that tracks a user's health and personal fitness information called Google Fit.

Google said it was also developing a low-budget smartphone for the Indian market that could retail for as little as $100 (59) under the Android One initiative.

Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai said the aim was to get phones into the hands of as many people around the world as possible, and that the devices would sport 4.5-inch screens and dual SIM cards.

Technology journalist Stuart Miles told Sky News: "I think it is one of those things where Google is looking beyond the phone to empower our digital lives.

"Whether that is on our wrists, in our cars or in the living room, it hopes to create an eco-system which means you'll have Google Now everywhere."

The announcements were made at Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

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