Google introduces Google TV

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Android, Hot Devices, News, Video

On the second day of the I/O developer conference Google unveiled Google TV, internet-enabled platform that will be available as early as this fall on devices offered by Sony and Logitech.

While Sony will be selling HDTVs and Bluray players with GTV capabalities, Logitech will offer devices that will be connected to existing hardware. No pricing was revealed, but all three devices will be available at BestBuy. In addition Google TV will be integrated with Dish Network.

Along with all the cool features viewers will be able to use a special remote control and browse for upcoming TV shows, view more information online, schedule for future DVR recording or watch previous episodes on Hulu or Amazon. In addition a translation service will be available to translate LIVE TV captions in any language.

Another applouded feature is the ability to use your Android phone as a remote or speak to your device the search queries displayed on the screen.

The devices from Sony and Logitech will use a specialized version of the popular Atom processor which will be optimized for TV viewing. The integrated browser is Chrome and initialy the operating system will be powered by Android 2.1 later on to be updated to the newly introduced Android 2.2.

Most Android apps should work with the service and the source code and APIs will be released in early 2011.