January 6, 2016 2:34pm
While it hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, Google is continuing to iterate and improve upon Android TV, its smart television platform.
The company today announced that Android TV will come pre-installed on upcoming TVs from Sony, Sharp and Philips. Later in the year, manufacturers like Arcelik, Vestel, RCA, HiSense, TCL and Bang & Olufsen will also start selling television sets with Android TV built-in.
Similarly, Google Cast, tech that allows audio devices to stream music from Google Chrome and a variety of other mobile apps, will make its way to a greater number of speakers and sound bars this year. Throughout 2016, manufacturers like B&O Play, Harman Kardon, Onkyo, Philips, Pioneer, and Raumfeld will release Google Cast-enabled speakers, sound bars, and A/V receivers. Sony and LG, which launched started supporting the platform in 2015, will launch additional devices that support the format.
Multi-room synchronization, which made its way to Chromecast Audio late last year, will also make its way to Google Cast speakers in 2016. The feature allows users connect the various audio devices in their home to make them play the same track in unison.