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The first TV sets running Android TV are set to roll out in the spring, Google has confirmed.

Android TV is Google's second stab at conquering the lounge, after Google TV failed to take off. It's a smart TV platform that lets you access online streaming services, catch-up and on-demand offerings, and browse the web and check email.

It will also let you search across all of these services at once. You can even search for a show on your phone, and when you find it, fling it to your TV, just as you would with Google's Chromecast streaming dongle.

Voice search will also come as standard.

Google TV suffered from a clunky interface that was slow and difficult to get to grips with. The likes of Netflix and the £10 Now TV Box from Sky have prepared British households for smart skills on their telly, but Google still has a lot of work to do to encompass the power of the internet without overcrowding the set or confusing viewers.

Android TV's partners include Sony, Sharp and Philips. But then Google TV also had an impressive list of big-name manufacturers on board. But with even supermarkets launching their own TV and film streaming services, the appetite is obviously there for smart skills in the lounge.

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