Default Google Android TV platform in trouble?

I know many folks have been hoping that Google will release its own set top system.

I read an article yesterday that said Joe Britt, head of android@home, has left Google and that the ADT-1 reference platform given out at google i/o this year may never land as a Google hardware product....

http://www.talkandroid.com/219739-af...be-in-trouble/

However, also in the last day, I saw an article indicating that benchmarks had leaked on a device tthat looks like an Android set-top box, an "asus nexus player"

http://androidspin.com/2014/09/16/as...launch-device/

the device has a whopping 8 gig of internal storage - just like the fireTV...

I don't know how to align these two reports...

One thing I'll be interested in is whether one day we'll be able to rip the Amazon firmware completely out of this device and replace it with a port of the asus player software load.