At Berlin’s IFA conference on Tuesday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a live demonstration of Google TV that left critics in agreement: Google TV blows the underpowered Apple TV right out of the water.
According to Eliot Van Buskirk at Wired, Google TV — which launches in the U.S. this fall — is essentially an interface, blurring the distinctions between programming from cable or satellite providers with search capabilities — Google’s lifeblood.
“You would never want to buy a computer without an internet browser these days,” said Google TV product marketing manager Brittany Bohnet. “Soon, you’re never going to want to buy a TV without an internet browser.”
Initially, GTV will be available on a Sony HDTV, a Sony Blu-ray player and a Logitech set-top box, each with its own uniquely powerful remote control with search button.
Van Buskirk reports that Google is working on custom remote control hardware for the Chrome-powered Google TV in conjunction with Sony and Logitech that will likely include a full QWERTY keyboard, a pointing mechanism and television-specific buttons.
Google-powered Android phones (and even iPhones) will also work as Google TV remotes.
Click here to read more of Buskirk’s article, “One screen to rule them all.”
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