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Google TV may in for a change, but not the kind you're thinking of. The web-based television service could end up rebranded as Nexus TV, tying it to Google's more popular and well received line of electronic devices, while shedding a name that's seen its share of disappointments and failures since launch. Just ask Logitech, which jumped on board the Google TV bandwagon early on, lost millions of dollars, and dubbed the experience a "gigantic mistake." A rebranding makes sense, especially if it's true that Google is getting ready to relaunch the service sometime in the first half of 2014, as reported... Read more...
Google had ginormous plans for Google TV when it launched three years ago, and when the history books are written about this era, perhaps it will say that it was a concept slightly ahead of its time. In any event, Google isn't giving up on its core dream of dominating the living room with Android, though it is planning to officially retire the Google TV brand, which is arguably tarnished as this point after some early failures. In its place will be Android TV, according to an executive from a consumer electronics manufacturer who spoke with GigaOM. In the meantime, several of Google's hardware... Read more...
The folks at iFixit had their way, tearing down Google's latest media streaming invention and now it seems the team at the GTVHacker blog has exploited the little fella known as Google Chromecast and rooted it with shell access on port 23 of the device. Google is known for stopping well short of locking things down, almost tempting developers and hackers to see what they can do with a new device. This "exploit" will give the community access to the Google Chromecast's environment with a chance to test custom software on the device, much like the community has done with Android smartphones over... Read more...
Here's a question: what company is going to be the one to reinvent television? Everyone in the world knows it needs to happen, and we're all just seemingly waiting indefinitely for it to happen. Will it be Apple? A start-up we've never heard of? Microsoft? Intel? Earlier this year, Intel confirmed that it would soon be shipping some type of set-top box to introduce its own spin on pay-TV and the entire living room experience, but we've heard little since. Shocking, right? The content creators and pay-TV operators are being remarkably rigid. The unbelievable amount of fear of having the industry... Read more...
The streaming revolution will be televised, but will Google TV be the star of the show? Companies haven't given up on the ambitious platform, and in fact Sony just announced its latest Google TV product, a sleek-looking set-top box (NSZ-GS8) with voice search support and a nifty remote control, combing both new school and old school navigation options into a single Internet appliance. Chrome provides the browsing experience (no big surprise there), though you can surf the web using only your voice. Simply speak into the remote and the browser will take you where you want to go. "You might wonder,... Read more...
Well, well -- the fight for the living room continues. With Microsoft marketing the Xbox One not as a game console, but as an "all-in-one" living room product, it's clear that consumer companies are intently interested in claiming the eyeballs of those plopped down in front of the television. Google TV was Google's own effort to accomplish that, but it never really went anywhere. That said, there's always time for a second chance, and LG is looking to make that happen. A new Korea Times report suggests that LG Electronics could see its TV sales rise due to integration with Google TV. Presently,... Read more...
Intel is trying to break into the streaming content business -- again. At the AllThingsDigital media conference today, Erik Huggers, vice president of Intel Media, told assembled journalists that the company has been hatching a new idea for the TV space. "We have been working for (the past) year to set up Intel media, a new group focused on developing an Internet platform," Huggers said. "It's not a value play, it's a quality play where we'll create a superior experience for the end user." According to Huggers, the new streaming service will have ala carte options that allow customers to pick and... Read more...
Consumer electronics maker Hisense is tossing its hat into the Google TV ring with the Pulse, it announced today. The set-top box is slated for a November arrival and will be sold for under $99. As you would expect from this sort of set-top box, the Pulse is tiny. It’s under 5 inches wide and deep and only 1.37 inches tall, and weighs 1.5 pounds. The box has an HDMI input and an HDMI output and supports 1080p video (and H.264, MPEG-4, and AVC formats). It also has USB and Ethernet ports (one each), as well as Wi-Fi. The device also supports picture-in-picture viewing. It’s interesting... Read more...
Google TV's initial struggles are long behind it, and some noteworthy device makers are stepping up up to the plate. One of these is Vizio, which announced pre-orders for its new Co-Star Stream Player VAP430 at $99.99. That's a much better price than we've seen from some earlier Google TV devices, and it puts the Co-Star in the same galaxy as the Roku, price-wise. The Co-Star is expected to ship August 14th and, as of this writing, Vizio is sweetening the deal with free shipping. As we reported last month, the Vizio Co-Star is a do-everything set-top box. (well, almost everything. It doesn't have... Read more...
Google TV's getting even better. With 2012 being the year that Google finally tries to really hone in on making Google TV a product with a serious amount of traction, massaging YouTube into the mix seems like a sound idea. After all, billions of hours of content are consumed in what feels like a blink of an eye on YouTube, and making the whole thing more integrated in the Google ecosystem would be a strong, strong play. The company has this weekend announced that an update to the YouTube experience will soon come to Google TV. You’ll be able to update your app through Android Market, and... Read more...
Google TV. Remember that? Just kidding. While Google TV certainly hasn't been as popular as something like Gmail, it's a product that Google still seems interested in improving. This week, Sony announced a software update to the Google TV platform that powers the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc player. This latest version not only powers existing Google TV features, but also adds the Android Market for apps. It'll roll out to connected Sony Internet TV devices by early next week. Today’s update brings a simpler and clean interface, improved performance, better search functionality and the Android... Read more...
Thought Google TV was as washed-up as Buzz and Wave? Not so fast. While Google TV had a ton of hype behind it, the high cost of entry and not-exactly-seamless integration left many critics and consumers wanting more. But unlike some efforts that fall flat for Google, the company isn't giving up hope on this one just yet. According to a new Reuters report, the company's CEO Eric Schmidt "sees more partners for Google TV." In fact, the fellow said that they are "absolutely committed" to Google TV, and when more partners (unnamed) join up soon, things will certainly be turned around. When asked to... Read more...
No company wants a product that's returned more rapidly than it can sell them, but that's what Logitech reportedly has on its hands with the Revue. Logitech executives have stated that the Revue's revenue stream is "slightly negative," and the company has slashed prices from $249 to $99, reportedly in a bid to clear inventory (the unit is still listed at $249.99 on Logitech's homepage). We launched Revue with the expectation that it would generate significant sales growth in spite of a relatively high price point and the newness of both the smart TV category and the underlying platform,”... Read more...
Blackberry developer Research In Motion is reportedly working on a media box that connects to televisions and streams content from Netflix, Youtube, and other nearby media devices. The box, which is code-named the Blackberry Cyclone, is intended to compete with similar products from Apple, Google, and others. The specs for the box, which come from an unnamed source, include HDMI-out, wi-fi connectivity with the ability to interact with other devices on a network, and streaming content from Youtube and Netflix with "more to come." The device supposedly looks like a larger version of the Blackberry... Read more...
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