Sharp is jumping on the 4K Android TV bandwagon, launching a series of 5 high-end, ultra high definition television models using the Google operating system. At an event in New York Wednesday, Sharp said the new Android TVs, previewed earlier this year at CES, will be hitting stores this month. The 4K Android TVs will probably only appeal to users prepared to pay top dollar for the latest television gear. The list prices range from 2,099 dollars for a 60-inch UE30 model to an 80-inch UH30 model for $6,299. The actual store prices will probably top out at $6,000. All models feature Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, and come with four HDMI and three USB ports. Android can also help with the control of the television itself. It allows the user, for instance, to select which input to use, such as an HDMI connection or the connection from the cable box.
Peter Weedfald - senior VP of sales, Sharp Electronics
Android TV brings many computer and smart phone-like capabilities to the tv. Users can download apps and games from the Google Play store that then can be run on the television. Each television comes with 16GB of built-in memory to hold the OS, data, and programs. The OS supports Google Cast, which provides a way to stream video content from various sources, including HBO Go, Pandora and WatchESPN,. Android TV can be controlled either through the remote control device provided by Sharp, or through an Android-based smart phone. For Google, the new Sharp TVs are important because it's another vote of confidence for Android from a name-brand TV maker : With reporting by Marc Ferranti in New York, Melissa Aparicio, IDG News Service