Something that rocked Google I/O yesterday apart from Android 2.2 launch was the announcement of Google TV. Google and its partners are trying to make the connected living room a success and bridge the gap between the computer and the television at long last.
Google TV is more than web TV or Apple TV; it’s not just a browser or a guide.
- Instead of a “guide,” you’ll be able to search for and navigate both TV and online content.
- Ability to download and run Android apps from your TV.
- Ability to control your TV from your Android mobile device, including voice-activated searches.
- Required bandwidth will depend on the kind of content you consume, but good performance can be expected from 3MB/s connections.
- Android OS 2.1 to start with the Chrome browser.
- With the Sony television sets, hardware will be integrated.
- For non-Sony HDTVs, external hardware will use HDMI.
- Hardware will be available exclusively from Best Buy.
- Once you buy the hardware, the service will be free.
- Google TV will eventually integrate with Sony Playstation.
- Developers can work on Google TV projects starting today.
- Google TV will be available to consumers by fall 2010 in the U.S.
- Aggressive international expansion is planned for 2011.
- Android Market for Google TV will launch in early 2011.
- Google TV APIs will be available in early 2011.
- In summer 2011, Google TV will be open sourced.