Yet another Google project that wants to be the link between your television and the internet is Google TV. Built on the Android OS platform (there’s that name again), Google TV will attempt to bring web-based content either via set-top box, or directly to your TV, provided the software is integrated. In other words, your Blu-ray player, gaming console, or shiny LED TV could double as your web interface.
Web-based programming is going steadily, and manufactures are getting into the game by making devices capable of plugging directly into the net. It seems as if Google wants to team up with some of those manufacturers to provide the “guts” for the net-viewing portion of the device via Android. Rumor has it Google is talking to big names like Intel, Logitech, and Sony to bring its idea to fruition. Additionally, Google may just opt to develop its own branded set-top box loaded up with the Android OS platform. Previous attempts at Google-branded hardware wasn’t an out-of-the-gate success (see: Google Nexus One), so we will see if Google hardware development is learning and adapting.
Web-streaming devices are not a new concept however, as Netflix, Hulu, Apple, Microsoft, and other consumer electronics manufacturers are already to market with their gadgets and software. So Google has a nice hill to climb if they expect to compete for space in your living room.
But a little thing like competition hasn’t stopped Google before, so it’s a logical assumption that the web search giant, will more than likely bring their “A game” if they do in fact try to take over your living room, like they have already taken over your web browser, email, calendar, videos, and all points between.Category: Digital Media | Tags: android, apple, google, Hulu, Intel, Logitech, media streaming, Microsoft, Netflix, Sony, TV