Google TV will have a “basic mode” that will transform your Smart TV into the “silly box” of all life
Who subscribes this he bought a stupid TV long time. I did it tired of the news that raised how some manufacturers collected data on what we saw and did not see, but now it turns out that Google, which theoretically wants to make any TV “smarter” with its Android TV / Google TV platform, has a feature in development that will do just the opposite.
At least that’s the idea of the call “Basic” mode than Google TV is preparing to be integrated into smart TVs from Sony and TCL. What will that basic mode do? Neither more nor less than turn your Smart TV into one that “silly box” that for years occupied our living room.
A curious idea for paranoid about privacy and for those who do not want to complicate their lives with their TV
Nowadays it is quite difficult to find a television that does not have smart functions: the vast majority of manufacturers integrate platforms such as Tizen, webOS or Android TV (which gradually fades and will become Google TV) and others. These platforms give access to a myriad of applications and content, but they also make the handling of these devices more complex.
Precisely the idea of Google seems to be to give users the option of having a much simpler TV. If a user does not have an internet connection, they are not subscribed to content streaming applications and you only want to see the television channels that are broadcast, for example, by DTT, you can do it with that basic mode that will turn your Smart TV into a “dumb” TV.
With this feature, the user will eliminate access to content recommendations, the Google assistant or streaming applications from the Google TV platform, and instead simplify the experience by leaving the user 1) watch conventional TV and 2) select inputs (such as HDMI) to be able, for example, to turn on the console and easily see it on that television.
In 9to5Google they have been able to access a special HDMI dongle that Google uses internally for its testing, and it seems that this basic television mode will be available only on televisions from manufacturers such as Sony or TCL, but it will not be part of the options of, for example, the Chromecast with Google TV. Nor is it intended for that Antroid TV 12 that we also learned recently that it was in the testing phase.
The “Basic” mode proposal is certainly interesting and could be an interesting option in various scenarios. For example, will alleviate suspicions about what Google collects or stops collecting during our sessions in front of our Smart TV, but above all it can be a very striking alternative for those who do not want or do not need to access all that world of content that has left the television channels of a lifetime in a second plan.
Via | 9to5Google