Google announced its new Google TV back in May 2010. It is set to launch in fall 2010. Google TV is a platform based on Android that runs the Google Chrome browser and includes a full version of Flash Player 10.1. Google TV is capable of browsing most sites on the web and playing video from them. Devices with Google TV will also be able to run Android apps. Google TV does not have a TV tuner so users will need to have a cable or satellite box. A broadband internet connection is also needed. Since the Google TV device connects using an HDMI connector, the user’s television must have HDMI output.
A number of companies are partnered with Google in the launch of Google TV. Best Buy plans to feature the devices in their stores and is planning a retail push for the holiday season. Adobe contributed the Flash Player and Intel made the Atom CE4100 chip, both of which are included in the platform. Dish Network, the beta testers of Google TV, may produce Dish boxes that are Google TV ready. Sony is making special televisions and Blu-ray players capable of running Google TV. They should be available this fall. Logitech has built a special companion set top box, the Logitech Revue.
One of Google TV’s significant features is its search box. When a user begins typing in the search box, results from a multitude of sources are displayed in a unified listing. If you are searching for a particular television show, results for all past and present episodes that are available for viewing will appear, and will include the showings on TV as well as from other providers such as Hulu, YouTube, and Netflix. With Google TV, you can then navigate to any of the sites that appear in the search results, whether it is on a television station or streaming from the internet.
On October 6, Logitech is set to hold an event in New York, at which they will present the new Google TV. Sony is slated to launch Google TV the following week, on October 12. With Google TV, users will be able to use their televisions in a different way that integrates television content with internet content.