Google may have found another partner for its new Android TV platform: French telco giant Free is looking to launch an Android TV-based set-top box soon, according to a FRAndroid report. The device would offer access to Google’s Play store, and presumably also carry apps for services like YouTube and the newly-launched French version of Netflix.
FRAndroid based its report on unnamed sources, but also noted that [company]Free[/company]’s TV hardware is due for a refresh. A Google spokesperson declined to comment.
Some of Google’s launch partners for Android TV include [company]Sony[/company], [company]Sharp[/company] and [company]Razer[/company], but company representatives also told me that they want to continue to work with pay TV operators. Google previously struck an alliance for LG in Korea to power its Uplus TV service with Google TV-based hardware, and it looks like Uplus will make use of Android TV hardware as well.
Check out a first look at Android TV below: