Sony Bravia
With the launch of Android TV at Google I/O yesterday morning, it’s now down to actually finding out when products will be launching. With Android TV launching worldwide in the ‘Fall’ (Spring here), we’re left to confirm if we will in fact see the partners named at the launch will be bringing Android TV to Australia.

At yesterdays launch, Google named three hardware partners, along with a number of chip manufacturers, as partners to launch Android TV products. Philips, Sharp and Sony were the three big names listed on the slides at Google I/O. With Philips no longer ranging TV’s in Australia we’re down to the other two partners who Google named at the presentation yesterday – Sharp and Sony.

We spoke to Sony Australia, who were able to confirm their plans to incorporate Android TV into their Bravia line of TVs, saying :

Sony plans to adopt the new version of Android OS across a wide range of its HD and 4K BRAVIA TV models from FY 2015 onwards.

We only have a rough eta for the arrival of Android TV, but we expect to see it around the October/November launch time as we get the Nexus phone each year. We certainly hope to see Sony TVs launch here in Australia and look forward to seeing what Sony can produce.

  • Matt

    I find Sonys existing TV interface to be my favourite to use so I’m interested to know how this will be integrated .

  • deanomalino

    This will most likely be how Sony will implement PlayStation Now on their TVs.

  • bhislop

    This just seems like a horrible idea to me.

    How often do you replace your tv? Maybe every 10 years, unless it breaks or there’s some “must-have” enhancement on new tvs? Even if it’s every 5 years … do you think that any tv manufacturer will be keeping the Android TV OS up to date for 5 years? I suggest not.

    Give me a high quality dumb panel any day, and I’ll plug my Android TV device in via HDMI. Then replace/upgrade it as I need to. I don’t want to have to replace my entire tv just because Sony has fallen 4 versions behind on Android TV.

  • JeniSkunk

    I wonder what Hisense will do?

    • Harpersneil

      Do they make Android phones anywhere in the world? I’ve got a Hisense fridge at home and it’s great!

      • JeniSkunk

        No idea.
        I was wondering more due to their Android based Smart TV line which was launched back in early May.

      • Daniel Tyson

        The Vision line, interesting point.

      • Daniel Tyson

        They do indeed, they’re pretty limited in terms of availability though.

    • Flame

      Kogan have their own line of Agora (android-based) TVs too. I was tempted to get one once but decided against just because the tech wasn’t quite “right”, being their own made up version of Android.

      A predefined platform from Google is going to be better for everyone so hopefully these other manufacturers pick it up.

      • Benjamin Dobell

        I have a Kogan 1080P and also a 4K one direct from the manufacturer (demo model) that Kogan rebrands. Given the crazy-cheap price you can hardly complain (4K TV < $1000). I'd been granted the rights to resell these TVs with our own custom firmware (i.e. properly designed fast TV firmware) by the TV manufacturer, however but the SoC manufacturer refused to comply with the GPL so I couldn't proceed. Too late to the party now, opportunity missed!

      • Montalbert_Scott

        I was wondering how that turned out. Mediatek? They are well known for being very selective with who they give source to.

      • Benjamin Dobell

        Actually I got the source from Kogan for their TVs. Took a bit of massaging to compile it on OS X, check my Github. MStar (now owned by Mediatek) would only provide me with a license to their SoCs that contradicted the GPL. I suspect Kogan didn’t get permission from MStar to give me the source, ah well, it’s public now ;-)

      • goober

        How does the Kogan 4k PQ look/feel against an LG 4k TV? I wanted to get the LG 55″ but at $4.5k it’s hard to think that it’s 4x better than the Kogan. I want to plugin in an Intel NUC with 4k output. Btw, who does Kogan rebrand for the 4k panel ? Id like to see one before purchase.

      • Benjamin Dobell

        I haven’t seen the LG one but I’m sure it would be significantly better. The panel in the Kogan TVs are from Chimei Optoelectronics. The panels themselves are actually reasonably good. However the firmware on the TV is pretty awful and significantly detracts from the experience. This is why I planned to produce custom firmware. The 4K is also only 30FPS (because it’s over a single HDMI cable). I don’t know if the hardware can theoretically handle more, this was something I planned to investigate with custom firmware. If you plan to have the TV for a long time then I’d go a more reputable brand if you can. I guess the Kogan TVs are good as a second TV in the home, not great as your primary one.

      • goober

        Thanks for the reply. I wonder if they will update the firmware to HDMI 2.0 as that supports 4k @ 60fps, saying that would it be worth it? I have read the 4k content on the tv looks good. Have you tried and what are your thoughts. If the interface is rubbish, then it might be an issue for the rest of the family.