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Looming Google Showdown With Samsung Over TV, With Android 4.4 Smart TV Upgrades

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    Looming Google showdown with Samsung over television, with Android 4.4 KitKat smart TV upgrades (click for full article)

    by Andrew Sadauskas - Oct. 25, 2013

    -- There's growing speculation smart television could be a major focus of Google's forthcoming Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, prompting fears the tech giant could be preparing to battle Korean electronics giants by releasing its own television sets.


    According to Korean press reports, Google is set to collide with Samsung over the future of smart TV, with the Korean electronics giant set to use its own operating system - Tizen - to power its future smart TV products from next year.


    Meanwhile, LG has been issued with guidelines requiring it to refer to smart TVs as "Android TVs" rather than "Google TVs".


    The news has prompted speculation within the Korean electronics industry that Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility could have more to do with Google's desire to produce its own televisions, rather than smartphones.


    "I heard Google say 'the next OS has greatly improved its utilization in TV. In particular, there will be many changes in the interface between smart devices and the TV,'" Korea IT News quotes a Korean tech industry insider as saying.


    "If you give the job to a Chinese OEM, you can get the TV made for $50.


    "Having confirmed the potential of the TV market with Chromecast, Google is more likely than not to develop its own TV set."


    The improvements in Google's smart TV interface is one of the major changes believed to be included in KitKat.


    Last week, Google posted an update to its official developers blog, effectively confirming rumours about a big change in how its forthcoming Android 4.4 KitKat operating system handles SMS text messages.
     
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    Google could start making their own set top boxes, too.
     
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    They sold the set top division of Motorola a little while ago
     
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    So what.
     
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    If they were going to make their own set top boxes they wouldn't have done that.
     
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    At that time. And it wasn't GoogleTV set top boxes. If Google decided to make their own "AndroidTV" boxes, it would be a new, "from scratch" start-up with a specific design team for the purpose.
     
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    Google's sale of Motorola Home was due in large part to Comcast (and the cable companies) refusal to open up to GTV. Also cable boxes are slowly going the way of the dinosaur. However I still think Google is in position to produce a Nexus android TV OTT (over-the-top) box. What the sale of Motorola Home meant is that GTV isn't likely to be included in cable TV set-top boxes in the USA:

    Why Google is going to sell Motorola?s set-top box biz ? Tech News and Analysis
     
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    Google Fiber's GFHD100 is being made by the Korean company Humax. It looks like it supports Netflix and Vudu.


    Sadly they've banned people hosting servers on their gigabit network, apparently because they wouldn't want their customers doing awesome things that might compete with their own cloud services (or bring their network to its knees).
     
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    Nice. That's a solid policy. Of course if they allowed commercial use it would be potentially revolutionary, but oh well ... I guess they can't afford to have customers leasing out their connection as a server farm.
     

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