Google is expected to launch an Android TV set-top box in the near future, but at this week’s IFA Global Press Conference Philips is already showing off its own Android-powered smart TV. The new television set runs an Android-based operating system to offer access to Google Play apps and games, and comes pre-installed with a handful of applications and games optimized for its large display with more reportedly on the way.
Philips’ new TV offers some of Google’s best services, including the company’s impressive voice search which lets you access local and online content by speaking to your TV. The company also added its own gesture controls and a MyRemote app for turning your smartphone into a remote control. The set even comes with a special remote that doubles as a game controller and a built-in camera for Skype and other video calling services.
Under the hood, this new Philips TV packs a quad-core processor and the company says it plans to offer a 4K model. There’s still a lot we don’t know about the device, however, including pricing and availability. Philips says the TV should hit the market this summer, though hopefully we’ll get the full scoop sooner than that.