And Google prepares to invade your living room as well
Internet-connected TVs are about to change into something huge thanks to Google, and for the first time users can get a sneak peek at the kind of content they'll have access to when the platform goes live soon.
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Google.com/TV has gone live, showcasing "TV, apps, search, and the entire Web" all from the comfort of your TV with no external box or wires or even a wireless connection needed. It will be integrated directly into the infrastructure of the TV itself.
Everything from Napster to Netflix, Twitter to Amazon, and even a dedicated Chrome browser designed specifically for TVs. It's all possible with Google TV. You'll even be able to control your TV with your Android phone.
When it comes to advancements in TV technology, a lot of people look at 3D with skeptical eyes. But Internet connectivity is accepted almost universally as the next step in TV entertainment.
Many manufacturers already offer their own Internet TV software, including Samsung's Internet@TV, Vizio's TV apps, and Panasonic's app platform. These companies poured out money to create their own systems so it will be interesting to see if they are going to be willing to just drop that in favor of the Google system.
Sony is set to debut the very first Google TV-enabled set next Tuesday. I4U will be on hand at the event to give you a first-hand look at what Google TV looks and feels like.
Until then, check out the Google TV site to see how the search engine giant is going to revolutionize your living room.
Via Into Mobile