Tech Report - Google TV preview
Although it will be
several more weeks before Google TV is commercially available, the
Silicon Valley search giant yesterday launched a web site which gives everyone a peak at what we can expect.
As we suggested in an earlier post, Google TV might just be the living room revolution that we have been
waiting for. Rather than trying to force TV entertainment into a
computer environment, Google TV takes the opposite approach, capturing
everything we like about the static and mobile web experience and
incorporating it into the TV.
Under the tag line “Your TV just got smarter”, the web site lists all the features that Google TV will deliver.
- The web as a separate TV channel. With Google TV you can watch
your favorite web videos, view photos, play games, chat with friends,
and do everything else you are accustomed to doing online right there on
your TV. Google suggests that many of the world’s best web sites are
being adapted for better TV viewing, providing examples through a web
page called Spotlight.
- A new world of apps for your TV. Google TV will come pre-loaded
with apps like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Napster, and Amazon Video On
Demand. Starting next year, apps from Android Market will also work on
- Watch and browse simultaneously. With Google
TV, you can browse the web or open an app and watch TV at the same time.
It will be just like picture-in-picture mode, but with the web and TV.
- Your TV gets a homepage. Google TV will allow you to create your
own home page for your TV, listing your favorite channels, apps and
podcasts. It will be totally customizable, so you can change your
preferences at any time.
- Your phone is your remote. If
you have an Android phone or an iPhone, it can be used to control your
Google TV instead of a remote. You will also be able to use voice
- Fling a video to your television. If you find a
great web site, app, or video on your phone, you will be able to
“Fling” it to your TV with a press of a button.
ultimate picture frame. With Google TV, you can stream photos from
Picasa, Flickr and every other photo-sharing site.
There will be
two ways to get Google TV when it’s available this fall – through a
standalone “smart TV”, or by purchasing a separate box that can be used
with your existing TV. As an example of a standalone TV, the Google TV
web site is currently promoting the Sony Internet TV, although final
specs and pricing are not yet available.
As previously reported,
the Google TV box will be an external device that will connect to your
TV through an HDMI port. The cost of the box is also yet to be
announced, although we may know more this week when Logitech, one of
Google TV’s hardware partners, is set to unveil its line-up of Google TV
Comment by Jennifer/Connect with your Teens, posted 10/5/2010, 5:10 PM:
I think that we are going to see more change in the way we watch television in the next 5 years then we have since the TV was invented.