Sources at GigaOM say that Android TV will be debuted at Google I/O in June and that Google TV is no longer in works. The difference between the two is that Android TV is meant to be really simple to use. According to Janko Roettgers at GigaOM:
Content will be presented in a series of cards that can be browsed horizontally, and each movie or TV show episode has deep links into publisher’s apps, giving users the option to start playback right away. That’s different from the traditional smart TV experience, where users generally first have to launch an app from a publisher, and then browse that apps catalog before they can play a title.
Android TV will be powered by Pano, which is similar in what it offers to Amazon Fire TV, although there is a push towards gaming through Android.
Although at first glance it may seem like Android TV is geared towards gaming, just as the name implies, the focus is put on a whole lot more. Android TV would mark Google’s third attempt to enter your living room but we do not have enough details about how that would be achieved, even if more than gaming is expected.
An announcement by Google about Android TV should soon appear. ChromeCast is expected to be ditched for the new platform.