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Google's announcement of Android TV made it clear that a final product wasn't ready for store shelves, but it was certainly getting close. While Google is finishing up the software and hardware for an official release later this year, developers have been invited to begin work on their own apps. For most, that means firing up an emulator to test on, but a few have also been granted access to a preview device called ADT-1. Applications for the hardware opened up shortly after the Android TV talk at I/O, and now devices have started appearing for some lucky developers.

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The initial batch of ADT-1 units went to Google partners like Netflix and Hulu in preparation for the I/O announcement, and a second wave was handed out to a small group of I/O attendees. This is the first batch to go out to developers selected for their applications and ideas. Shipments went out on July 24th with 2-day shipping, so packages should have arrived today for those who were chosen. It's not clear if there will be any more hardware going out, but the application form is still online. (Please, only apply if you sincerely plan to build something for the Android TV platform.)

We've still got a while to wait until Android TV launches, but this volley of dev kits should greatly improve the experience for early adopters who won't have to struggle to find great apps and games. No doubt, there will be quite a bit of community development evolving now that several more independent developers have access to the hardware.

As an aside, I now have my own ADT-1 to work with. I have a couple of projects to work on, but I'm looking for more ideas. Feel free to suggest things in the comments below!

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    I have a question: is the actual device very, very small or is the controller a gigantic object? Or neither? Because the picture contrasts the two quite heavily in my head.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      The set-top box is pretty small. Its footprint is exactly double the length of a AA battery.

      The controller is a lot like the XBox 360 controller, but a little thinner. It feels pretty good in my hands (having only held it for a couple of minutes, so far). However, I have fairly large hands, so I'm not necessarily the best judge.

      • clay

        banana for scale pls

        • Aooga

          How hard is it to find a battery? Or if you were being sarcastic I'll shut up.

        • Robb Nunya

          And don't be a dick and try to slip in a plantain... I won't fall for THAT again!

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Nice, thanks! It seems that Google has really gotten out of its way in order to let people enjoy the experience and not worry about the hardware.

      • philnolan3d

        It's a little like the xbox one, it's exactly like the OnLive one.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      Here's a quick shot including the Nexus 5 (and the batteries) as a frame of reference. The shocker is that the ADT-1 weighs quite a bit. I'm pretty sure it was designed to be heavy so the cables wouldn't pull it off of whatever surface it's on. The controller weighs... well.. exactly what it looks like it should weigh. Frankly, it might as well just be a 360 controller.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Yeah, with the home and back buttons, though... Could you actually use a 360 controller with Android TV?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          I'm not sure. I haven't heard of anybody trying, yet. Maybe I'll drag out an old controller tonight to see if it'll work.

          • Luxferro

            Have you turned on your's yet? The ADT-1's from I/O receive what appears to be an OTA update on first login w/ internet access. Soon as you login (w/internet access), they reboot into recovery and update. If you haven't turned yours on yet, could you try to capture the OTA url so we can possibly get a boot.img to root?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            It's still fresh out of the box. No promises, but I might be able to look into it tonight before I mess with it.

          • Luxferro

            Thanks! I'm hoping someone tries and gets it. I been dying to try SiliconDusts TV input app with my HD Prime, but our adt-1's (at least those from IO) are missing googles TV apks, which can be taken from the emulator. But without root you can't put them where they need to be.

        • Code6

          If you plug in the usb wireless adaptor, you can use Xbox 360 wireless controllers. They seem to just work, even if they keep flashing.

      • Luxferro

        It weighs so much because it has a nice huge heatsink inside it.

        http://gtvhacker.com/index.php/ADT-1_Android_TV

      • philnolan3d

        The controller is an OnLive controller with different labels on the buttons.
        http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/965589/20120222-17570884-onlivecontroller-DSC_7353_555.jpg

      • Gregory

        Did you get the Google Cast functionality to work? None of the cast-enabled apps see my ADT-1. I even did a factory reset but it didn't help.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          It seems mine was bricked out of the box. I plugged it in and it just sits at the Android boot animation. I sent an email to Google last night, but haven't seen a response.

          • Gregory

            You can try to get to fastboot and then recovery by pressing the small button on the back of the device while plugging in the power cord, maybe you'll be able to do something from there. BTW, the bootloader is unlocked.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            I'm aware. I already looked around, but without an image to flash, there's not a lot I can do with fastboot.

            Strange thing is... my bootloader isn't unlocked.

  • Henrique Persechini

    for some reason I find this device (or at least the prospect of a similar comercial product) a lot more sexy than the fire tv. a "nexus tv"-like device would definitely be on my wish list

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  • Felipe13

    Is google play services constantly stopping in youtube when you use the remote app? Also, is google games working for you with any of the games? Those seem to be the only bugs that I am finding so far.

    • Luxferro

      play services stops randomly on mine as well. For games, you have to login on another device initially (if they have never been tied to you account before) for Play Games to be able to work on the ADT-1.

      • Felipe13

        Thanks for the feedback. At least Play Games works now. For the play services issue in youtube, it seems to be a problem with the remote app.

  • Felipe13

    XBMC running perfectly on this device. WOW, if only the original GoogleTV supported XBMC. Looks like my Raspbmc setup is going to be retired.

    • Radiohead777

      can you make a video of xbmc running on it?

      • Luxferro

        there's already some on G+. just search for ADT-1

        • Radiohead777

          cool thanks... i was looking on youtube

    • niuguy

      Yeah, video is fine. All these devices do video well. The question is audio. Codec support seems so hit or miss. No mainstream consumer device does hd audio bitstreaming. That's what I want!

      • primalxconvoy

        Is it better than ouya in this regard? Spmc seems unable to play some hi def apple trailers and most hd films just become a rainbow mess after ten minutes. I have to watch them through mx player instead.

        • JRomeo

          soon, you'll see ouya switching over to the AndroidTV operating system, and ditching their own operating system user interface.

    • min009

      XBMC support is hardware base.

    • David Haddad

      How is Android-tv better than an android mini pc or a raspbmc? From where i see it, the android mini pc is better, cause you can acces google chrome, and also do the same things you would do on the android tv....Im asking cause i am thinking if im waiting for the ATV or buying a android mini pc Mk809 3....

    • Robb Nunya

      The RaspMC was slow for me. I went to an Android Stick. This may replace that.

  • slurivariv

    Maybe this is a good time to call support again. My ADT1 from I/O never turned on. =/

  • Brad

    Did people who receive a kit get a confirmation, or did they just show up? Also, what shipping company did Google use?

    • Luxferro

      I dunno if they just showup, or they also get email notifications, but they used Fedex from what I've ready from people on G+

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      The shipping notification from FedEx came out Thursday afternoon. A Google developer emailed us earlier today to let us know the devices "are coming." Of course, that's after most of them would have already been delivered, but who's going to complain?

  • AbbyZFresh

    Google's gonna get a wake up call of their lives if they think they will compete with Sony and Microsoft.

    • Ambroos

      Compete with Sony how? Google and Sony would be amazing partners because they pretty much don't have any conflicting platforms besides Music and Video Unlimited.

      In addition to that, Sony has already said that all their 2015 SmartTVs (which is pretty much all of them) will be running Android TV.

      Sony is also one of the few Android manufacturers that sticks really close to Google guidelines when developing their phones. They switched to softkeys way before any other manufacturer. They also had a few Google TV-devices on the market already.

      If Google and Sony should team up it'd be an amazing combination. If there's one area where Sony is usually lacking it's online services. If there's one area where Google shines it's online services. Google and Sony together would result in awesome, high quality, open hardware.

      • primalxconvoy

        Imagine if they combined a Vita TV with an Android TV...

    • primalxconvoy
    • Robb Nunya

      Umm... Sony produces Google TV products you know...

  • SuddenClarity

    So that's why home button in L preview is a circle

  • what

    Its running L-Preview :p

  • Michel

    I find there are quite a few bugs still. So far I have not been able to cast from my Nexus 10. Always crashes. And I had to hardware reboot it twice in 2h of use.
    But it'll do fine for development.

  • pinoydealph

    i hope they reconsider coax cable input coz you know not all have or want to put another setup box beside your other boxes,.

    • Ambroos

      It's not supposed to be an extra box, Google wants your TV to run it. All 2015 Sony Bravias will, for example.

  • Ambroos

    What I'm really curious about is if there's a way for developers to switch the output framerate. You don't want to be outputting 24FPS video at 60Hz...

  • Dan Caseley

    @Cody - I figured, as the first "real" large screen Android experience, that some sort of dashboard app would be forthcoming. Something that extends beyond TV & media. Identifying other Androids in the house, including Nest, perhaps. Maybe interacting with a helper app.

    This idea seems very much half-formed, but you're welcome to it.

    • primalxconvoy

      Indeed. One thing I missed from. Android on the Ouya is a way to access other apps while currently in another app. I want am easy way to switch between apps n order to multitask. On my phone, I can either hold the main Samsung button or use apps that allow the notification screen to host app icons.

      I want to switch music tracks on my mp3 player while playing a game, or look something up on my browser while gaming, etc.

      Another thing would be an address book so I can email or use Skype, etc early.

  • Default

    Does it feature an HDMI-in as previous gen Google TV devices ?

    • Gregory

      No, it only has an HDMI output and there's no HDMI cable included.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      For everybody that's asking about ports. I'll sum them up right now:

      1 x HDMI out
      1 x Ethernet (I assume Gigabit?)
      1 x USB
      1 x Power + USB (there's a special developer cable that fits into the line that can be attached to a computer)

      It's just these 4 ports. Keep in mind, this is a dev kit. Final production hardware may gain or lose ports if it's deemed appropriate.

      • Gregory

        ADT-1 will unlikely get to production because it's intended only to be used by developers. As they said on I/O, the production version of Android TV will be installed on TVs themselves so of course ports will be different.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          Agreed, and I said something similar in another comment. However, I expect the final set-top box (1st generation from Google) to match this configuration pretty closely.

          I don't really expect non-essential ports like digital audio out or HDMI pass-through; and I suspect they will keep both the USB port and Ethernet port for flexibility. I'm sure some OEMs will ship TV's and set-tops with various configurations, but that's to be expected.

  • ashutos jain

    Got mine just now D

    • Qefx

      Does it have Digital out?

      • Michel

        As in audio digital out? No audio output whatsoever. You get the audio via the TV, so if your TV has digital out, you have digital out.

  • frhow

    Hard to get behind google with this platform seeing how they treated it the first time. Hopefully this jumps off and we can start seeing Android through out our homes as oppose to Apple pos OS.

  • Xde

    At first Nexus Q, then Chromecast then this. When they are going to stop all this shit?

    • ddpacino

      Stop what exactly?

    • Brandon V. Fletcher

      Yes. They should give up on the highly successful Chromecast. /s

    • JRomeo

      AndroidTV is a MERGER of the NexusQ and GoogleTV....... seeing as the latter two are obsolete. AndroidTV is 3rd generation tech, seeing as they failed with NexusQ and GoogleTV.... and to boot they threw in built-in chromecast functionality. so its truly a merger of everything.... what an awesome culmination!

    • Robb Nunya

      When will you stop all your shit? You're far more annoying than Google releasing products.

  • mizkitty

    Too slow...and too far away.
    Better off with a K1 dev board...or better yet...a Shield Tablet hooked up to your TV.
    Minix and Tronsmart will be selling better stuff before this ever hits the market.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      As far as any of us know, this device will never hit the market. The final production version is already expected to be running on a K1. This is a dev kit so that there's something to use for building apps and games without resorting to the emulator.

  • NF

    I was hoping to get a developer console. There's a web app I have that I'd like to turn into an Android TV version. I guess I'll just use the emulator. Still, I'm a bit disappointed.

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    Well I wish someone would either ****, I mean poop, or get off the pot. I've been waiting to buy some type of android-y thing for my TV for what seems like forever. I still don't understand what is so hard about this.

    Give me Chrome (or Android for TV) allowing for distance away from screen and some sort of input device. Add various modes for TV/Movies, Games or Browser searches. Give me access to most of the apps available on Chrome or better yet, ones properly developed for Android that will translate to a large screen. Spec it as high as possible w/out affecting price and call it a day. Throw a bunch of kids in a room and if they understand it, set a release date.
    You can add other stuff later.

  • vignesh

    Where to buy this?