Google TV vs. Apple TV vs. Everyone Else…

Posted: May 30, 2010 in All Categories, Apps, Gadgets, hardware, Home Tech, Tech Encore, Tech Society, Web Services
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Google-TV vs Apple-TV

Google-TV vs Apple-TV

I did post earlier in my blog posts that Google in partnership with Intel, Sony, and Logitech is developing Google TV, a device based on Android OS. The good thing about Google TV is that the search giant is going to push developers to create apps for a television set. That sounds interesting and it’s a whole new idea as there are no official iPhone apps running on Apple TV. Beginning this fall, select home entertainment devices will bring Google into the living room. The appropriately named “Google TV” Internet-enabled TV platform will come preloaded on some Sony HDTVs and Blu-ray players, and a set-top box from Logitech will also feature the service. Think of the platform as an Android-like solution for television watching. It won’t be sold directly by Google, but if the company has its way, Google TV will be making its way to a much wider variety of home entertainment products in the not-so-distant future.

There’s nothing revolutionary about Google’s new television platform, announced at the Google I/O developer conference, but the company aims to standardize the platform used by Internet-connected TV manufacturers, creating an integrated solution for popular services like Hulu and Netflix Watch Instantly. If successful, Google TV might mean an untimely death for standalone devices like Roku’s HD XR and the Boxee Box, while more versatile solutions like TiVo Premiere and gaming consoles like the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PlayStation 3 will either adopt portions of the platform or return to being dedicated devices, as they were just a few years ago. But now its Apple’s and the Google’s

Apple-vs-Google

Apple-vs-Google

With Google on every TV, there’s no need to adjust component settings just to watch your favorite show on Hulu or update your Twitter feed. You’ll also only need to worry about getting one device online—your television—rather than adding (and paying for) extra peripherals. It’s important to recognize that while Google TV will be initially available through a set-top box from Logitech, Google’s ultimate intention is to simplify your Internet-connected living room, by decreasing the number of devices you need to buy and use, not by adding more.

There will still be plenty of questions about Google TV, but check out the chart below for a summary of the features and how Google’s TV platform will compare to video devices already on the market.

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