Last week, Google TV sounded like a mere side project
. Now, it's an impending
reality. Google has partnered with Sony and Intel to invade your living
room television, reports The New York Times
. The idea
is to bring Web services like Twitter, YouTube, Google search and apps
to the TV. Working together, the companies plan to roll out a new
generation of set-top boxes and televisions. The TV's software will be
open source and third party programmers will receive toolkits for
developing apps "in the next couple of months," reports The Times. While
there are reasons to be skeptical
new endeavor, many are hoping for a few futuristic features out of Google TV.
Smartphone Remote The problem with bringing the Web to your living
room is that no one wants to surf and read text 10 feet away from the
screen, explains Ian Paul at PC World. "One possible solution would be the
ability to take your Nexus One, iPhone, or even iPad and turn it into a
visual remote," writes Paul. "Imagine looking at a Web page on your
mobile device and then having your handset navigation reflected on your
television? That way you could easily read a news story on the screen in
your hand, and then view the news story's accompanying video on your
TV. Now that would be a killer combination."
Open Source Innovation Lab for TV Though generally skeptical of
Google TV, Aaron Turpen likes how it will be an
open-source platform that can run third-party apps. He's excited about
the potential for developer innovation: "What Google seems to want to
bring the mix is to base the whole thing on the Android platform. That
would be interesting, since it would leave it open to developers to
create all kinds of nifty apps and wizbangs for the setup."
on Steroids, writes pkoutoul at Lifehacker: "The killer
app would be a site/service that would aggregate all the free and not
free television content available on the Web, and make it easy to watch
live, schedule for later, and manage purchases in one place, regardless
of where the programming originated. Think iTunes for television. Goodbye cable. Goodbye satellite. Goodbye overpriced
packages that force me to pay for the 75% of the programming I never
watch. Hello, 21st century."
with Social Media "The partners envision technology that will make
it as easy for TV users to navigate Web applications, like the Twitter social network and the
Picasa photo site, as it is to change the channel," writes Nick Bilton at The New York Times.
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