Google unveils Android-powered TV platform

By on May 20, 2010, 1:07 PM
Confirming earlier reports, Google has officially announced its Android-powered TV platform today at the I/O conference in San Francisco. The new product will combine traditional television programming with Internet video, allowing users to easily search for programs without scrolling through cumbersome onscreen TV directories.

Users can use their remote to drop down a "quick search box" to search TV and the web. For instance, typing "House" will give you the listings for the show on both USA and Fox -- which can be set for recording if there is a DVR -- as well as links to watch episodes online via Hulu or purchase them on Besides supporting a number of online video sources, including Netflix and YouTube, Google TV will also have the capability to run apps from the Android Market and should integrate a range of online services like Twitter for a more social television experience.

To reach the long-elusive goal of bringing television and the web together, Google has partnered with Sony, Intel and Logitech to produce the actual devices that will run its platform. Sony is expected to introduce both a standalone TV model and set top box-type unit incorporating a Blu-ray Disc drive later this year, while Logitech will launch a high definition camera for video chat and a companion box that brings Google TV to existing HDTV home entertainment systems. The Intel Atom CE4100 processor will power both the Logitech and Sony devices. (Image source: Gizmodo)

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ebolamonkey3 said:

I want the android stuffed doll...

Chazz said:

If it comes with it's own upgradable media player(or access to an app media player) that can play any type of codec/container file(with support for new ones with a system update) than I will buy no other tv than a android one. I don't like the static state of current tvs. You rarely get firmware whatever problem you run into you're stuck with it until you buy a new tv.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

So 3D support wasn't mentioned? Good!

This is a platform worth looking into, it would be quite nice if my tv could also tell me answers from youtube and streaming services all from one search box! been wanting to do that for years! Although Intel Atom Powered, how would HD work? I guess some kind of HD decoding chip I guess.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

You know, I used to jokingly laugh when I said that one day the earth will be run by Google...I no longer jokingly laugh. Mail, Office Documents, Web Browser, OS, Fiber Line, TV, Phone, Chat, and so on and so much longer before Google takes on cars and air planes? (now watch them do something with cars and air planes in the next few years, lol)

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

This will be a good consumer product. If they really want to make a lot of money, they should coordinate with the set dressers and costumers for tv shows, and run links for products as they appear on screen. You see a cool item, you can buy it. If I saw something cool on a TV show, and the price was reasonable, I might fall victim to an impulse purchase.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

gwailo247 said:

If they really want to make a lot of money, they should coordinate with the set dressers and costumers for tv shows, and run links for products as they appear on screen.

Please no, lol. That would be terribly annoying. I already hate when they pop up advertisements about when the season premier or finale of a show is while i'm in the middle of another show. I watch to TV to be entertained, not to be annoyed by something popping up. What you're asking for is essentially a pop-up add. Don't we get enough of those when we're on the internet? With as many people as there are putting pop-up blockers on their browser, I seriously doubt Google would make any real money by doing this. If anything it's just going to drive buyers away.

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