Google Android TV

Dale Webb By Dale Webb, 2nd Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/21t93hlz/
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A second glance at Google's attempt at Smart TVs and the potential impact it could have in our homes.

Google Android

As many of you may know, Google's has a mobile device OS called Android. I think the platform is great, and it is growing rapidly. The vision was to have the open-source operating system across many devices across the home. I liked the sound of this and I love the implementation. The idea of all your devices working seamlessly and in harmony with each other is something I've only imagined but never really thought that someone could implement, this is Google's shot

What's it all about?

Google Android on TV is all about bringing the internet into your living room through your entertainment hub, bringing new audiences to the internet and connecting them to new content on the internet. Sounds pretty cool to me! You can now watch Youtube on your TV, Chat to your friends on TV and share content on your TV. The difference is that instead of doing this through an isolated console such as your Smartphone and PC, you can do this with the entire room involved, it's a very sociable idea.

Smartphone, Tablet, TV??

Google's Android OS has already assimilated much of the Smartphone market, loosening the grip of iOS (Apple's iPhone operating system) and is now looking toward the Tablet (which I will talk about soon) and now TV.
Apple has Apple TV of course and there are other various TV implementations that connect our entertainment box to the world wide web.
Google has now made it's move and created the TV adaptation of Android, and launched it's flagship device with company Logitech. It's called Logitech Revue and actually it has been out for a very long time.

Fail?

The Revue didn't make much of a mark upon it's release, in fact it gained the reputation of more returns than sales. Not good, not good at all. It was released a year ago in October 2010, so why am I writing about it now? Well I've just been awoken to the price cut they have made, they have slashed $200 off the original price tag of $299.
So not only is it a cool idea, it is also cheap :D Will this be enough to tempt consumers into dipping into their wallets?

Deja-vu

Android's tactic with Smartphones was to deploy the OS on many phones with different form factors and different prices. What makes Android popular is that it is available on cheap devices, I think we are seeing that same move with this Google TV device, and it is a good choice I believe, to kickstart sales.

A final note

Google's flagship device is quite cheap, great for the average TV watcher. If you are looking to Android to build your entertainment centre around then my suggestion is to wait.
As I said earlier, Android is Open-Source and we have seen multiple deployment on many smartphones that suit different people. There will be a more TV devices around the corner running Google's TV OS that could suit you better, maybe a device with a Blu-ray player built in, or a networked hub built in, or built into a TV. Remember with Android there are so many choices.

Thanks for reading :)

Tags

Android, Google, Honeycomb, Internet, Internet Tv, Logitech, Revue, Smart Tv, Smartphone

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author avatar Dale Webb
I'm a technology enthusiast, I will be reporting on the latest Web and Smartphone Apps primarily and the movements in the computer sector. I hope you enjoy reading

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