Google unveils Android-powered TV platform

By Jos · 6 replies
May 20, 2010
  1. 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.

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  2. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 TS Rookie Posts: 59

    I want the android stuffed doll...
  3. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    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.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    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.
  5. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    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)
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    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.
  7. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    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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