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Google TV: At last!

Today, at Google I/O, Google announced the latest innovation in the world of entertainment Google TV.

There’s only one device that’s been in the entertainment scene way before the web era and is still the most commonly used today. Yes, it’s the television.

A study has been done and Google found out that while computer usage is huge with 1 billion users, and mobile is even bigger with 2 billion users, TV is the real massive medium with 4 billion users around the world. That’s a staggering difference! Further, Google notes that people spend at least 5 hours a day on average in the U.S. watching TV.

TV meets Web. Web meets TV.

Google got the wildest idea: Why not help people the best of TV and the best of the web in one seamless experience? What if you could turn the TV on and get all of your favorite channels and shows you normally watch and all of the websites you browse all day — including your favorite video, music and photo sites? That idea has just become a reality.

With Google TV:

  • you can access all of your favorite websites
  • you can easily move between television and the web
  • you can watch from a few hundred channels to millions of channels of entertainment across TV and the web
  • your television is also no longer confined to showing just video
  • with the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes more than a TV
  • your TV can be used as a photo slideshow viewer, a gaming console, a music player and much more.

This new innovation allows you to use search to give you an easy and fast way to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies. If you already have a channel or program in mind, just type in the name and you’re there. You want to enjoy that favorite Youtube video in your flat screen TV? Just search and you have it. This is possible because of Youtube Leanback, a new product from Youtube for Google TV designed to enhance Youtube viewing pleasure. Not sure what you’re looking for? Just type what you need and Google TV will be the one to search that for you. It’s that easy!

This is just the beginning.

In their announcement in Google I/O, web developers were challenged by Google to start developing exciting and new web and Android apps specifically made to enhance the user experience of Google TV. After the launch, Google will immediately release the Google TV SDK and web APIs for TV so that developers can start building even richer applications and share them with the world. Google is excited to see how the developers will use this new platform.

Google said they’re working together with Sony and Logitech to put Google TV inside of televisions, Blu-ray players and companion boxes. These devices will go on sale this fall, and will be available at Best Buy stores nationwide.

This is an incredibly exciting time — for everyone. By giving people the amazing experience of TV and the web on just one screen, Google TV has tranformed the face of every person’s living room forever!

But this is just the beginning. There’s still more to watch out for! And we’ll be waiting.

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  1. MKMK05-20-2010

    Personally, I think they’re only interested in ad revenue (fair enough) but I’d probably not be far off when I say that they will almost certainly be monitoring what you watch etc. Good ol’ Google, eh?

    I also don’t see what the hype is all about! What exactly is new here?

  2. WKWK05-28-2010

    Why am i not surprised… But i have to say this is pretty neat.

  3. artwrter2010artwrter201006-02-2010

    I like it when people try to combine two things. You get the best of both worlds.

  4. radicalwill2010radicalwill201006-02-2010

    Hmmm, I’m not too excited. But I’ll keep posted for more about Google TV in the months to come.