May 20th, 2010
Similar to Apple TV, GoogleTV is a box that connects to your television set via HDMI. GoogleTV comes with a keyboard and a remote. Like Apple TV, this also can be controlled with your smartphone. GoogleTV connects to the internet via Wi-Fi and therefore has access to many of the web’s content on demand, e.g. YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, etc.
Sports and Fantasy sports fans will love Google TV because you can monitor your fantasy stats while have the game play via P.I.P.
Google couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show off it’s voice control and has implemented it here during searches a la Google Voice. This can eliminate using the keyboard during searches. GoogleTV runs on Chrome and Android, which means all of those wonderful apps can now be optimized for your television. The potential here is great.
I’m not saying this is the future or the next big thing or whatever. There are so many of these devices on the market right now. The line between computer entertainment and television entertainment is very blurry right now. When will it disappear?