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As its name suggests, Android TV is based on the same Android software. The device runs a recommendation engine that comes up suggestions for content based on keywords such as “Kevin Spacey movies” right down to very specific requests along the lines of “Sundance Film Festival Winners 2009”. You can search by typing or by using your voice, Google Now-style. As well as TV shows and movies, it will let you play games, much like PlayStation TV and Amazon Fire TV do. Android TV will rely on Google Play Store to deliver content, but the search will also comb through third party streaming services. If you’ve got Netflix, Blinkbox or Prime Instant Video installed on Android TV and you ask it to look for films starring Cate Blanchett, Android TV should to look through all of those to see what’s available. Naturally, you’ll also be able to watch regular TV. Sony, Sharp and TP Vision for Philips are all getting on board with Android TV for their 2015 smart TV ranges, so we can expect to Android TV in action at CES 2015 if not sooner. At I/O 2014, Dave Burke, engineering director of Android (pictured) said that Android-based TVs will be able to handle video from sources including TV tuners, IPTV receivers and HDMI, so we imagine there will be Freeview and Freesat smart TVs running Android TV hitting the market. For more info visit: