Google TV shakes hands with the Web

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Google also took advantage of the Google I/O 2010 conference yesterday to introduce Google TV, after the company took into consideration the entertainment device that most people can identify with – which is the humble TV in the living room. Remember the good old days where a black and white TV was the bomb? Well, how times have changed where we even have stereoscopic 3D LED TVs these days. Google aims to take advantage of this fact that over 4 billion people worldwide watch TV, with the average American spending up to five hours per day in front of one, which means their Google TV, if it takes off successfully, ought to be a force to reckon with.

Google intends to help people experience the best of TV and the best of the web in a seamless experience, where you can turn on the TV while retrieving all the channels and shows which you normally zone out to after a particularly long day at work. Not only that, it will show off all the websites that you tend to browse the most, inclusive of your most frequently accessed favorite video, music and photo sites. All these are available via Google TV, where it boasts a built-in version of Google Chrome, bringing the whole Internet into your living room.

Google TV relies on Google’s expertise in search, letting you navigate television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies in a fast and easy manner. How does it do that? Well, if you already know the channel or program you want to watch, all you need to do is key in the name and you’re there – more or less instantaneously, depending on how fast your Internet connection is. Searching for your favorite YouTube video is just a search query away, and you can even browse through all channels if you have absolutely no idea on what your brain wants to feed on at that point of time. Since Google TV is built on open platforms like Android and Google Chrome, these are but a fraction of features that Google TV offers, so expect developers to come up with a slew of other apps in the near future that ought to bring Google TV to the next level. Hopefully the input devices for Google TV will be decent enough for everyday use, otherwise input would be a pain.

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Joe L. Says: January 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I actually played with the Google TV I must admit that these features surpassed all of my expectations. Working at DISH I had the chance to use the Google TV when it was first rolled out. I am a frequent user and the option of being able to search the web and get show listings is a fabulous.

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