Amazon last week unveiled a toolkit to help developers create Android- or Fire-based applications that port content running on mobile devices to the company's Fire TV set-top box. The move is aimed at competing with Apple TV and Google's Chromecast stick.
Google has introduced the Nexus Player, a set-top box for gaming and streaming that also runs Android applications. Priced at $99, the gadget is made by Asus and features a quad-core Atom processor from Intel. A controller for playing games is an additional $39.
The Redbox Instant by Verizon and Vimeo services will be available on the Chromecast streaming video adapter just introduced by Google. HBO Go and the Plex media center may also support the Google device, Janko Roettgers writes.
Newegg has brought out a shopping application for Internet-connected television sets with the Google TV software, this article notes. It is said to sync with the e-tailer's app for Android mobile devices. "By making Newegg.com available to shoppers on multiple platforms, we hope to make the shopping experience as easy and convenient as possible," Newegg's James Wu said.
The latest version of Google TV includes the YouTube for TV user interface, enabling users to beam video content from their mobile devices to television sets, this blog post notes. The feature, similar to Apple's AirPlay software, will be demonstrated on various products at the 2013 International CES.