Coming to the US this fall is the latest product developed by Google named ‘Google TV’.
Google TV is a set top box that can be connected to your television and an Internet connection allowing the user to take advantage of a huge number of features such as full Internet access and YouTube right from their television. The company is also working with large TV manufacturers such as Sony and Intel to have their Google TV technology built into new TVs so customers can use it straight out the box.
So why use Google TV? Well firstly Google has expertise in many areas and have used them to their advantage when designing this product. As the owners of Google Search, Google Chrome and YouTube the functions offered through this device will be of the highest quality.
It’s possible to switch between watching television and Google TV at the switch of a button, with many features interlinked between the two. Programme guides and other functions such as subtitle translation will be supported.
Google TV has been built using open source platforms such as Android and Google Chrome which makes it perfect for software developers to create special plug ins to enhance the experience further and provide even more features.
So far web developers have been given information on how to optimize their web pages for use with the device with promise that a full Google TV SDK and APIs for television will be released shortly after the product is launched. It seems their very eager to see what people can create for it and are taking great steps to encourage developers.
Overall, Google has aimed to combine entertainment and television with the accessibility of the Internet to meet the demands of what many users expect after so many years of using PCs. It’s clear that they have the knowledge and experience to make this work so here’s hoping for a bright future for Google TV.