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Motorola Rolls Out A Next-Gen TV Interface, But Will Google Keep It?

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    Motorola rolls out a next-gen TV interface, but will Google keep it? | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

    "Motorola Mobility has introduced a new next-gen set-top box interface that makes it easier to discover what's on TV without searching. The interface lands just as the Google purchase of Motorola Mobility is about to close.


    In a blog post, Motorola Mobility highlighted a Dream Gallery by Motorola Medios and how service providers -- cable companies for instance -- can get consumers to the content they want quickly. The quote to note:


    Do you like searching for what to watch on TV? Neither do we. Our solution? DreamGallery by Motorola Medios. For consumers that translates to: less time searching, more time watching. For service providers it means: happier consumers and shorter development cycles.


    Oops.


    Motorola Mobility's new parent will like the shorter development cycles. The search free interface? Probably not.


    More importantly, the Motorola Mobility interface, set-top box and TV code provide another interesting wrinkle for Google's $12.5 billion prize. Google reportedly is pondering Motorola Mobility layoffs and some analysts have speculated that the search giant will exit the hardware business completely when the company closes the acquisition.


    In many respects, Motorola's Mobility's TV interface meshes with the company's Webtop efforts. As Jason Hiner has noted, Google will have to ponder the Webtop, its Chrome OS and how these development projects fit together.


    Will Google let Motorola Mobility run with the set-top box interface? Such a move wouldn't be a bad idea given how Google TV flopped. One of the more underappreciated Motorola Mobility assets is its set-top business. Google has acquired a concrete way into living rooms. What Google does with its living room Trojan Horse remains to be seen."
     
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    Motorola DreamGallery is company's answer to Google TV - SlashGear (click for full article)

    "Motorola isn't in the business of manufacturing TV sets. But it still wants what you to see one of its creations when you sit down in the living room. Introducing DreamGallery, a brand new operating system for Internet-connected TVs. It will assumedly work similar to Google TV in that Motorola will produce the software but it has to sweet-talk manufacturers into providing the hardware.


    One of its slogans appears to be "Say 'good-bye' to the traditional grid," referring to the standard interface that exists on most media-centric platforms. Whether it's a proprietary TV manufacturer operating system or even Android or iOS, we've come to expect an interface that presents our apps in a series of parallel boxes. DreamGallery will try something different.


    The platform boasts "intuitive graphics to help viewers find their content - fast," "personalized recommendations" for new content, and various tools and services that will make it easier on both the content provider side and the end user side to tailor their experiences accordingly. It certainly looks nothing like any other TV operating system has today. Don't take our word for it. Check out the video:"

     
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    Technology News: Media Convergence: Motorola Dreams Up a Sweeter TV Interface (click for full article)

    From the article: "With Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) purchase of Motorola Mobility now complete, the question is how or whether DreamGallery will fit into Google TV, which will run the Android OS.

    It's likely that DreamGallery will be merged into Google TV "within the next 24 months," Enderle speculated. However, he's not convinced that would be a good idea because of the "lack of success" for Google TV.

    It's not clear whether Google will then restrict DreamGallery to TVs running Android. Google did not respond to our request for comment for this story."

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    I think this article does a better job of explaining DreamGallery than the other articles. DreamGallery is currently aimed at Cable operators - and thus not at TV manufacturers - as some of the other articles stated. Perhaps later Google might incorporate some of DreamGallery into Google TV. I like the fact that it's based on HTML5,

    If it catches on with service providers (through a Motorola cable box) - then later it might be incorporated directly into television hardware. However IMO I don't think Comcast wants to play nice with anything involving Google TV.
     
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    Motorola launches TV operating system for service providers - The Inquirer (click for full article)

    Named Dreamgallery, it will rival Apple's rumoured ITV
    By Lee Bell
    Wed May 23 2012, 17:07

    "ELECTRONICS MAKER Motorola has revealed a snazzy operating system (OS) for internet-connected television sets that will integrate with computers and mobile devices.


    Shown off in the US at The Cable Show event in Boston on Tuesday, Motorola Medias' Dreamgallery will work similar to Google TV, allowing entertainment service providers to offer content to consumers quickly and intuitively.


    Powered by Motorola's cloud service, the software is a cross-platform media hub that collects content from the Internet, video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu as well as cable television services into one location.


    The firm's senior director of product marketing, Nate Williams said the concept is designed to allow TV makers to offer a more personal experience to consumers, as well as a developer's tool where they can quickly change the user interface (UI) depending on what they want to offer customers.


    "Dream gallery's development tool can be used to make real time changes so once the service provider creates a service, it can be put into the user interface in a matter of minutes and shown to a customer," Williams told The INQUIRER.


    Another feature that Williams said is important is that it will be extended across multiple screens on different devices, such as tablets and smartphones. This is so that users can interact with it via different devices, allowing them to pull down more information, such as cast and credits or 'other shows you may like', or bookmark programmes they're watching on their TVs from mobile devices.


    Details about release dates are still uncertain but Williams said we should expect to see it in the US and Europe sometime this year.
    With the news that Google acquired Motorola on Tuesday, Williams declined to comment whether the Dreamgallery OS will integrate with or have any involvement with Google TV in the future.


    As Motorola highlights the need for integrated entertainment via multiple screens on different devices, it will be no surprise if Apple offers a similar feature with Ipads and Iphones when it launches its anticipated television set, rumoured to be named ITV. "
     
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