Images of what is reportedly a game controller designed for the recently revealed Android TV have surfaced online, showing an input device that should be familiar to any contemporary console gamer.
Google anounced Android TV as a television-oriented interface for its Android operating system that third party manufacturers will use as the foundation of a new line of set top boxes and smart TVs to bring the Google Play Store and compatible apps to the loungeroom.
Tech blog BGR reports
that the images were uncovered by a Reddit user, who found them among the data files of the developer preview build of Android L. Further, Artem Russakovskii
of tech publication Android Police posted a photo of a Google-supplied Android TV dev kit (reportedly supplied to developers that attended the recent Google I/O conference) showing the same controller design in the flesh.
As the Android TV platform will be as open as regular Android, third party manufacturers will no doubt offer their own controller designs, and the one seen in these images may not even be made available to general consumers, but it does at least suggest Google's intention to standarise the button layout that Android developers are using. It's also near identical to the controller for Amazon's recently revealed Fire TV device.