CES Report: Asus Introduces Qube for Google TV
Google TV's not dead yet, with Asus joining other manufacturers in announcing devices that run the platform
The sparsely populated Google TV universe got a few more inhabitants at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, with a new set-top box from Netgear and another from Asus, a company better known for its notebooks and motherboards but which has been moving into the home entertainment space. (According to Google, we'll also see devices introduced by Hisense and TCL.)
The Asus box, called the Qube, is distinguished by a motion-sensing remote control that controls the onscreen user interface, which will appear as a rotating cube onscreen, as opposed to the typical Google TV interface. It also features voice control to allow viewers to navigate the Google Play store and Chrome browser as well as OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, according to a TGDaily article quoting an Asus employee.
Viewers will also be able to control the Qube via a remote app on Android phones and tablets. No word from Asus on when the Qube will be available, or how much it will cost—unlike the Netgear device, which is available today.