A report from GigaOm has revealed that Google is abandoning the Google TV brand for what the company is referring to as Android TV. Google has not yet made the official announcement regarding the upcoming living room service, but an anonymous source has confirmed via TechSpot that the rebranding is indeed set in stone.
LG Electronics is planning to introduce an extended Google TV lineup at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, the company announced. There will be two new models on display -- GA7900 and GA6400 -- both of which will run Google's latest platform and feature LG's redesigned "Magic Remote QWERTY," which allows you to point-and-click or use Voice Search to find what you're looking for.
Are you ready for the second coming of Google's Internet-enabled TV platform? Well, ready or not, Google TV is once again on the horizon, and this time it will be LG making a big push to promote the platform, not Logitech, which had some harsh words for the service after being burned by weak sales and left holding millions of dollars in unsold inventory. That's all in the past as far as LG is concerned, and the future starts in mid-May.
It began with a simple posting on Google TV's Facebook page late Saturday night: "Get ready for Monday, we have some big announcements!" Within minutes, the tech blogosphere was alight with speculation. Could it be a Sonos-killing streaming media device? Maybe a TV version of Google Nexus? Some other type of new hardware? A software update? Nope. The announcement has been made, and the news was something nobody saw coming.
Technology is transforming the humble idiot box into a powerful Internet appliance. Whether you call it “smart TV,” “connected TV,” or “Internet TV,” it has the potential to upend our boob tube experience, letting us watch our favorite shows whenever and wherever we want, and merging TV shows with online content in cunning, clever ways. Smart TV won’t prevent television from rotting your brain (it’s not that smart), but it should empower you to find, and get more from, all the content that’s available.
Hollywood studios and TV networks are finally waking up to the power of the Internet, thanks to pioneering efforts by the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu. And if you can wait for pay-TV services such as HBO and Showtime to release their original programming on DVD, you can seriously consider ditching your expensive cable or satellite subscription services, too.
In the following pages, we’ll solve all the mysteries of smart TV. We’ll explain every important service and device that falls under the smart TV rubric (omitting only the most obvious players, such as YouTube), and tie everything together into a neat and simple package. It’s time to turn on and tune in.
Google TV had a rough launch last year without a doubt. Although things are starting to look up for Google’s living room push with a slew of new devices being announced, and now a partnership with OnLive. At CES today, OnLive confirmed that its game streaming service will be shipping pre-installed on all Google TV devices. Let the gaming begin.
Google's attempts to transform your living room into one big Web-fest have fallen flat, to say the least, and if you ask Logitech, it will tell you it made a "big mistake" getting in bed with Google, a decision that cost the company $100 million. That hasn't stopped LG from being smitten with the sultry sultan of search, and once the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas kicks off, LG will unveil a Google TV that combines Google's Android OS with its own 3D and Smart TV technologies.
A few days ago we reported that Logitech was suffering from a bit of early adopter’s remorse with regards to its hard six bet on Google TV, and now we know why. According to an interview conducted with Logitech’s new CEO Guerrino De Luca, Logitech lost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million trying to peddle the Revue. "To make the long story short, we thought we had invented sliced bread, and we just made them," De Luca told analysts. "We just built a lot because we expected everybody to line up for Christmas and buy these boxes for $300, and that was a big mistake."
At a recent conference, Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca had some pretty harsh words for one if the company’s won products. Of the Logitech Revue, De Luca said they made serious mistakes that caused the company to lose over $100 million. He went on to refer to the holiday 2010 launch as, “a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature." The kicker is that Logitech is out of the Google TV game; there will be no sequel for the Revue.
Logitech admitted it was a "mistake" to get in bed with Google to promote the Google TV platform and is content to pull out and cut its losses, significant as they are. There will be no more producing Logitech Revue set-top boxes for Google TV, nor will there be a new model to replace it once current inventory is completely depleted, Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca told investors.