Google has decided to give the market of set top boxes another try with their latests release of devices in the Nexus family. Among these devices Google has announced the Nexus Player. During my time at Google I/O 2014, I was able to get my hands on their early device named Android TV ADT-1. With this new device comes the Gamepad controller for the Nexus Player. The ADT-1 is running the Developer Preview of Android L – now known as Lollipop. The ADT-1 offers a great user interface, solid build quality and bring the competition to set top boxes to a whole new level.

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Unlike other set top boxes, the ADT-1 comes with a gamepad controller which allows users to play their Android games with a new experience. Along with the Gamepad controller comes with the voice search remote (not included with ADT-1, but is in the Nexus Player). This allows users to search for their favorite content with voice activated search using Google Now. For those who do not have the remote, you can still download the Android TV Remote application on the play store. Since this device is just a developer preview to what Google had in store for set top boxes, the Android TV ADT-1 helps us understand what to expect with the upcoming Nexus Player.

 

Android TV ADT-1 Technical Specifications:

  • Tegra 4 chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • 2×2 MIMO dual-channel WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ethernet Port
  • HDMI Port
  • Android L Developer Preview (Lollipop)

By: Andrew Pritykin