Google Announces Google TV
Google’s I/O conference had a slew of announcements yesterday and today, from Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ to mobile Flash support. But the biggest may be Google TV — the company is now aiming to conquer the living room. To announce it, they’ve partnered with every big tech name under the sun that’s not named after a fruit, and stuck their CEOs on stage — Sony, Adobe, Intel, Best Buy, Dish, and Logitech.
Users will be able to easily search for video and music content, just like Google’s online search. Searching for a specific film, for example, will bring up the movie for streaming from any source that offers it, either from television listings or online providers like Amazon and Netflix, as well as trailers, IMDB info, related YouTube videos, etc. If it’s on TV, you can tell your DVR to record it. Dish Network support will be integrated.
Google TV is built on Android, supports Flash, and features Chrome as a built-in browser, and will feature Android Marketplace support. Intel’s Atom processor with Flash 10.1 GPU decoding will help power the device.
Google TV will be available in the fall either integrated into upcoming Sony HDTVs and Blu-ray players, or sold as a set-top box made by Logitech. Logitech is also making Bluetooth keyboards and remotes for the device.
In typical Google fashion, they’ve already uploaded a video that summarizes Google TV: