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Google reportedly demoed Android set-top box with camera and motion sensor in January

July 26, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

The�Wall Street Journal�is reporting�that back in January, Google privately demonstrated a prototype set-top box at the Consumer Electronics Show. The box reportedly worked more like an Apple TV or a Roku than a straight Google TV device or the just-released�Chromecast HDMI stick. The box was powered by Android and supported Hangouts video conferencing, according to the�WSJ's�sources, and also had a motion sensor. The device reportedly ran on the Android operating system and was shown off by none other than Andy Rubin himself before he left the team for another division within Google. The box was said to be able to stream YouTube, Google Play video, Netflix, and was compatible with Android games.

What's�not�known is whether the box is still an ongoing project or if it has been killed -- the�WSJ�says the original plan was to have released it at Google I/O. It has recently been�rumored that Google is shopping around for support from TV programmers for an internet TV service, something that would fit well on such a device. Google's [email protected] team has been relatively quiet since the Nexus Q was pulled, so it's not unreasonable to assume that the team had been working on a set-top box this past January.

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