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Jan 09

Google TV: Internet Television Software


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Google TV is a product that is developed and owned by Google Inc.This is a software that can be installed on numerous television systems such as satellite TV, digital TV and other television devices. This software allows you to watch internet content on your television. Generally, it’s internet integrated in your television. You can imagine a whole lot of possibilities of what this software can do…from watching YouTube videos on your TV, watching online movies on your TV if you are subscribed to services like Netflix or interacting with a TV ad that takes you takes you online to try a product or reading news updates on a Facebook Page of your favourite movie star whose movie is being premiered on television. Google T.V. allows you to crossover from television to internet and vice-versa. You are able to watch combined content from different media, make references between the platforms and get more details on another platform. All the above mentioned activities are carried out on your Google television screen. You can split your screen into two, allowing you to watch internet content on one side and television on the other.
The search bar on Google TV is the most important feature. This allows you to search for various content including android apps.You can search your favourite TV channels, recently viewed items, games etc.Google Television aims to connect you to multiple TV products and digital experiences.
Google T.V. made its debut in the U.S.A. in October 2010, the only place where it is currently available but plans are underway to launch the product in the UK and the European Union soon. So how much does a US customer expect to pay for this product? The internet TV device is available from digital product makers such as Logitech, Samsung and Sony. The price ranges from $100.00 to $300.00 depending on the manufacturer.
As with any new ground breaking product, this internet TV software from Google has a long way to go before it reaches its potential of becoming the next generation’s coolest item. This web enabled television device currently allows you to interact with mouse and text but a voice enabled device is being developed. Also, effort has been made in the new version to make the interface more user-friendly and simple.
Whats new in Google TV second version?
The second launch of Google TV in October 2011 saw a lot of improvements in the user interface and many other features such as direct content discovery. A new feature that has been added to this new version is direct connection to the Google Android App Market. The Android App market is an App store that works like the Apple App Store. Here you can find games and apps that can be installed and played on your Android mobile phone. To play these games / apps via Google Television, they have to be compatible with the TV software. There are hundreds of compatible apps that you can find in the App market and access via Google T.V.
Notable improvements have been made since the first launch and these are summarized below:
          Integration of Android App Market
          Direct Content Discovery
          Simple and User friendly Interface
          High Quality YouTube Experience
As many people think, Google TV is not a video streaming site like Netflix or YouTube. Instead, it is a service that brings web-based videos from various streaming sites to your television. There have been cases where TV networks were blocking their content from being viewed on Google T.V. but still the user is assured of high quality content from premium video-on-demand sources that allow their content to be viewed via this software.
Simple and User friendly Interface
Whereas the original version had an interface that is cumbersome and frustrating to navigate, the new version features a clean and simple interface. The nice looking row of icons at the bottom of the screen is intuitive and straightforward for an average user. On this menu you will find buttons for YouTube, Netflix, Google Chrome, Android App Market and Content Discovery [Search].The App Display now shows a tablet-like interface with 16 app icons in a 4 x 4 arrangement which replaces the list format of the original version.
Direct Content Discovery
The Search function of Google’s web enabled TV has been improved to target relevant and precise results. You can now filter content using the TV & Movies app to get exactly what you are looking for. The filters allow you to find content by category, price, video quality and “Playing Now”. Google Internet TV takes a step further by allowing opt-in users to browse content according to personal preferences. You can also follow and view videos or shows that are trending by using additional tools. The Content Discovery feature pulls results from various sources such as YouTube, HBO GO, Amazon, Netflix as well as cable and satellite.
High Quality YouTube Experience
Google web TV makes use of a YouTube app to deliver high quality YouTube videos to viewers. This is actually an android app that is optimized for television. Taking advantage of speed-enhancing software technology already used for deploying YouTube videos on mobile phones, the app loads videos extremely faster on Google TV. Not only can you switch between videos at top speed but you can view them in high definition. The home interface of the GTV YouTube app features 5 tabs on the vertical menu. You can navigate to “My YouTube” “Featured” “Discover Channels” “Movies” and “Search”.
Integration of Android App Market
Android App lovers will be happy to know that they are now able to access Android apps directly from the Google T.V. screen.However, only a few apps on the Android Market are Google-TV-compatible but this will soon change as the web TV software becomes popular. Developers will have to code their apps to be Google-TV-compliant and tap into this market. At least 1,500 apps on the Android Market are compliant and these can be found by clicking “Other Games” or “Other Apps” on the interface. You can also use the Search Bar at the top to find apps.Featured Apps [Featured for TV],the ones selected by Google for being highly optimized for TV software are displayed prominently on the screen together with their icons, name, developer and price. Most of these apps are “Free” so you should be able to try them on your TV software.
To See All the Features of Google TV go to http://www.google.com/tv/features.html
To Get This TV Software, go to http://www.google.com/tv/get.html

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