Google TV Update Announced

October 29, 2011 by staff 

Google TV Update AnnouncedGoogle TV Update Announced, Google TV arrived last autumn to warm reviews for its complicated interface and lack of real utility. A year later, the search giant is making another attempt to bring the web and television with Google TV 2.0. The release comes with a new completely revamped user interface and access to Android Market.

The update will be launched to devices from Sony October 30 and arrive in Logitech Revue set-top boxes soon after. No new hardware yet, but hopefully next year, Samsung, Vizio, and other partners without notice. For now, Google is focusing on making its software easier to use and build a solid base to be improved with one or two major operating system updates a year and through third-party applications developers.

Google is addressing four key issues in this release. The first is a cleaner user interface defined by a simple menu bar at the bottom of the screen for quick access to applications. TV and the discovery of the film also has improved search results more comprehensive and detailed and a new TV & Movies application that allows you to search video content through a series of filters to reduce the options taken from cable and satellite as well as free or premium online sources.

Google has also redesigned the YouTube application to make it nice living room. Videos now begin to play in full screen mode immediately and customized playlists are created on the fly, so a related video will automatically begin playing when the anterior end users rather than having to load another active video.

Finally, the most important update is that all users have access to a filtered version of the Android Market with applications optimized for Google TV. The total number of compatible applications available will be around 1600 to 1800 at launch. Most of these versions of mobile applications that have been slightly modified to run on the TV screen, but about 30 to 50 applications “Hot for TV” will be specifically developed for Google TV – including CNBC, Fox Business News HD and Aol .

For now, the most important question remains whether Google finally reel content partners carefully. If you recall, last year several broadcast television and video providers like Hulu blocks your content Google TV sets in an attempt to avoid cannibalization of its subscription business model. Google is now working with selected partners, such as HBO, and plans to work more in the future, but no specific proposals have been announced.

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