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What is Google TV?

What is Google TV?

A quick look at what to expect from Google TV….

Google TV has just been announced, but what exactly is it? With little hype surrounding Google’s newest venture, it’s not surprising that many people still have no idea what Google TV really is. So here’s the low down on the software platform that could pave the way for the future of TV.

Google TV Software Platform

Google TV Software Platform

First off, if you didn’t gather from the italics above, Google TV is a software platform. This means manufacturers will have to make their devices compatible with the software.

The aim behind the software is to integrate the web with TV. Equipped with an IR blaster to change channels, the Google TV set-top box (or compatible Google TV devices) will plug right into your existing home entertainment system.

With Google TV installed, you’ll be greeted by a typically Google home page featuring a simple search bar. In the search bar you can either type a TV channel and be taken directly there, or you can search a specific show and Google TV will list all the websites where you can watch your program of choice.

Google TV Search Bar

Google TV Search Bar

Google TV will also support apps, that means complete access to all the apps in the Android App Store. Bear in mind that apps designed specifically for cell phone use might not be compatible with your TV, however now the platform has been officially unveiled, I’m sure we can expect to see more apps being developed with Google TV in mind.

A couple of other cool features include multi-panes, so you can view multiple channels at one time on one screen; and thanks to the built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, you can load webpages on your phone and beam them to your TV; it may also be possible to use Android phone’s voice recognition to change channels with a few vocal commands.

Sony TV Featuring Google TV

Sony TV Featuring Google TV

Google TV is scheduled for release this autumn 2010, and looks set to show up first in Logitech set-top boxes, on Sony Televisions and Blu-ray players, and in an upcoming DISH box. All Google TV devices will include an Intel Atom (or better) processor, discrete GPU, and HDMI-out, as well as the specs and features mentioned above.



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