The Google TV has pretty much been dead-on-arrival ever since it first launched in 2010. Google’s not about to abandon their TV ambitions, but they’re finally giving up on Google TV. Next up? Android TV.
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As one of the biggest media companies in the world, Google has been dying to break into TV and while its latest offerings have been tempting, a new report suggests Google is considering buying access to the most popular sport in America.
Since Google’s launch of Chromecast on July 27, Sundair Pichai insisted that Google TV would evolve alongside its TV platform and that neither device would substitute the other. Now it looks like Sony is in the process of developing what could be a new Google TV-based product or a Chromecast competitor.
Less than 48 hours after Chromecast was announced and just over two hours since we published a post on how Google’s senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, believes that Google TV will evolve alongside Chromecast, a rumor has emerged claiming that Google is designing yet another TV entertainment device.
It is reported that Google has been secretly working on a new set-top box (STB), and speculation indicates that the new device will be much like the Roku and Apple TV, its been documented that Google’s new unit will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and will feature a ton of goodies which no other STB’s on the market offer at this time.
There has been some speculation since Google announced Chromecast from a number of Google TV users as they firmly believe that this is the final nail in the internet TV services coffin. However, the senior vice president of Google, Sundar Pichai, has high hopes for the service and is convinced that Google TV will evolve alongside Chromecast and neither device will substitute the other.
Just about every major tech company is working on two untapped product categories right now: wearable technology and streaming television over the internet. Apple is trying to draw in TV networks with advertising incentives, and even Intel is working on its own TV service.
It should come as no surprise that Google has been in talks with media companies about streaming premium TV over the internet. The company has reportedly demoed its new product to cable executives, but it’s still up to the networks to jump on board.
On Thursday June 6th Sony announced the latest addition to its line of Google TV devices, the NSZ-GS8. The Internet Player is the successor to Sony’s NSZ-GS7, which it announced last year. The biggest change for this years model is the addition of voice search.
Google unveiled a ton of astonishing new features, updates and applications at the Google I/O keynote on Wednesday, however something they failed to mention was the brand new update for their YouTube application for the Google TV.
Hisense Pulse is a new set-top box powered by Google TV that was first announced at IFA back in August. Its $100 price tag makes it one of the most affordable ways to introduce Google TV to your living room, and it comes with some nice features. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, you can place your order now through Amazon. But you’ll have to be quick if you want it before Christmas.
Google is gearing up to offload Motorola’s set-top box business as it looks to concentrate its efforts on competing with Apple’s iPhone. The company has been trying to sell Motorola Home Business, which supplies set-top boxes to cable television providers, for around $2 billion, and it has reportedly received multiple offers already. Once it’s gone, Google will focus on high-end smartphones.