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    Google TV not dead after all, Search and Voice Search updated (click for full article)

    by Derek Ross - Jan. 29, 2014

    -- Google TV might not be the most popular Android child inside the Google family, but that doesn't mean that it's been completely forgotten about. Two essential apps to the Google TV brand have been updated. For those of you that use your remote control or Android device to access Voice Search will be happy to know that Voice Search for Google TV received a few minor updates today. And, if you're in the habit of searching Google's knowledge base from the comfort of your couch, your go to app, Search, has been updated a well.


    Voice Search for Google TV: What's New


    - Match app names more aggressively
    - Supports catchup TV content search provider


    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.tv.voicesearch


    Search for Google TV: What's New


    - Better handling of diacritic characters.
    - Display date/time badge when no thumbnail is available.
    - Ensure focus is correct when using a pointer device.


    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.tv.quicksearchbox


    Now, if we could only get Google to hold onto their Google IO 2013 promise to update current Google TV devices to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, we'd be set.
     
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    I was wondering what exactly "Supports catchup TV content search provider" means for the updated voice search?

    Are there actually any TV service providers that have opened up their VOD offerings (VOD available with cable box) to the Google voice search?

    Or I'm thinking this means if a content provider signs up with Google TV then their online catchup offerings are included in the Google voice search? Such as (for example) catchup content offered through the Comcast Xfinity web site? I think it's the latter as previously only Dish Network offered "Enhanced Integration" of VOD shows with GTV - and that service has been cancelled.

    Even if Google was able to search the Comcast Xfinity web site for catch-up TV shows - it wouldn't do any good as most all of that content requires Flash 11 or Microsoft Silverlight (which GTV doesn't support). And most of the TV channel web sites block GTV - so what good would it do to include those blocked TV programs in a GTV search?

    Can anyone with the new GTV voice search and search updates comment on your experience with it?
     
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