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CES 2012: The Year Of Google TV's Comeback

At least, that's what Google wants

Jan 6 2012, 8:27am CST | by

CES 2012: The Year Of Google TV's Comeback
 
 

To some, Google TV is already a dead platform that failed to deliver on its promises. But after a year of garnering almost no significant news, the platform may be coming back in a big way at next week's CES.

The TV operating system - that is, software designed to be built into the TV hardware itself - has only been integrated into one product line so far. Sony's Internet TV sets were the launching pad for Google TV but due to various concerns no other Google TV-powered set has launched.

The problem is that Google was unable to strongly differentiate Google TV from the myriad other Internet-connected TV offerings. There was a lot of buzz about being able to use apps and surf the Web, but Google restricted apps such that only the major ones like Netflix and CNN - apps that exist on every other Internet-connected TV - were available.

Google recently revamped its TV platform and now offers dozens of apps ported directly from the mobile Android Market, but there still isn't a strong, compelling reason to buy a Google TV. Nothing makes it extraordinary.

What would be cool is if Google TV allowed you to chat with others in real-time while you're watching a show, or analyzed your watching habits such that it could intelligently guess when to change the channel for you. Those kinds of features would be exciting. What it currently offers is not so much.

That will soon change. Google rolled out a firmware update for the platform last year, giving users a much more user-friendly experience as well as access to a TV-optimized version of the Android Market, making it possible to run everything from social games to instant messaging apps from the TV.

Now, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio will all have Google TV products to announce at CES, which kicks off next week. We're excited to see what the future holds for Google TV.

Via ZDNet

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.

 

 

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