Google TV: A View into the Future…

Posted on March 18, 2010 by .

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Google plans to merge TV and the Internet into one platform.

Google plans to merge TV and the Internet into one platform.

Using your TV to scan the web may soon be possible as Google aims to create a groundbreaking interface where TV and Internet become one.

Google has teamed up with Intel, Sony and Logitech for a project called Google TV. The idea is to create a technology that makes navigation of web applications easy through TV.

Reports say Google intends to open its TV platform, which is based on its Android operating system for smartphones, to software developers. The web search engine giant says it wants to bring web apps like Twitter and Google search to the TV screen. Games and other software would be downloadable too.

In this tie-up, Logitech will make a keyboard equipped remote control similar to the new Boxee remote. This new interactive interface will also use the current Android platform as seen on the latest mobile phones. The set-top boxes will have Intel Atom chips inside.

Google has apparently already built a prototype set-top box and it’s likely that the Google TV platform would be incorporated in TVs directly. A tool kit for developing applications will also be released soon and the products based on this new interface would appear later this year.

Set-top boxes and Media Player boxes like WD TV which use an interface which is either Linux-based or Flash based are already being used. Web-enabled TV sets available today are mostly used to watch YouTube videos, stream movies from services like Netflix and watch online photo albums.

Three years ago Google announced Google TV Ads and now it seems the web heavy weight is paving the way for Internet TV.

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