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The New Google TV Experience: TV & Movies
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Best Google TV Apps available after Honeycomb Update on Device
For all those who are having the Google TV Logitech Revue boxes can now breathe easy as we are finding early signs of Honeycomb update which will be released. So, lets check out on what are the applications which are the best of the lot which will come along with the Honeycomb update. Soon, the Google TV will be receiving the OTA (Over The Air) update, as soon as it arrives we will be the among firsts to covert the same only on Android Advices.
So, lets check out on what are the applications which will come along with the Honeycomb update.
twitter for Google TV:
Want to Broadcast your views then you can now easily broadcast your thoughts easily right from your couch using the Google TV. So, with twitter, you can easily Search the latest trends, tweet and also you can retweet your colleagues thoughts.
CNBC Real Time:
CNBC Real time application is a must have application if you deal with Stock Markets. This is one such application which will keep you in touch with all the latest happening on the Markets front.
Social Eyez is all about the sharing your favorite TV shows with others using the latest Google TV 2.0 release. Watch what people are saying on twitter and contribute to the social conversation using your own twitter account
With Pandora Radio, you can now listen all your favorite music from round the globe right from your couch in your Google TV. The best part is that this application is a completely free to use app and also is available in the first generation Google TV.
Is something better than the BEST? Then its here with the Fox News as it allows you to keep yourself abreast with all the latest around the globe. This app also has Fox top stories and video, with social integration so you that you can share via Fb or Twitter.
Whats life without news, and for the best in news it has to be an aggregator as it covers more than 7000 news sources from around the globe and the web as it learns from your Fb, Twitter, Evernote & Google Reader accounts to create a personalized news experience relevant to your interests.
Know Angry birds, then you got to play this game called as the Angry Frogs which will be in place for all the users using the Google TV. You can see the below screen capture for more on the Angry Frogs.
There are many such applications in the pipeline for the Google TV 2.0 which will be coming soon. Stay tuned to the Android Advices for more updates on the latest update release on the Google TV. Also, in the recent Q&A Session which was recently held in the MIPCOM 2011, the Director of Content, Google TV said that apps are under optimization and the same will be released over a due course of time and current apps of 8in number will be rising to a whopping 1000 overnight with the help of the update. Do share us your views in the comments section below just in case if you wish to know more on anything related to the Google TV.
Google TV Software Update Ready; New Hardware Postponed
October 28, 2011
Google announced today that it is finally done with a significant overhaul of its Google TV software. The update brings with it a number of new features, including support for Android apps and a makeover of the user interface.
Google had originally said that the software update would come this summer and that it would be quickly followed by new hardware.
Today, the company said that would-be Google TV buyers will have to stick with the existing products from Sony and Logitech, or wait until early next year for second-generation products, which Google has said will come from Vizio and Samsung, among others.
We think weve done right by taking a little more time to build a really strong platform, Google TV head Mario Queiroz said in a telephone interview. Google first previewed the new look for its TV product at its I/O conference in May.
Google said the update will be made available first to Sony products starting on Sunday, and shortly after that to those with Logitech-based products.
Initial sales of Google TV were quite weak, with hardware partners forced to slash prices particularly Logitech, which has been selling its Revue set-top box for $99 in an effort to move its excess inventory.
Queiroz said that Google sees the TV effort as a long-term one, and notes that the company has doubled the number of people working on the project (Queiroz refused to give any exact numbers on that)
The new version of Google TV is based on the Honeycomb version of Android, and can run some existing programs as well as a number of new apps specifically designed to work with the product. However, most Android apps wont work, as they require features such as telephony or a touchscreen.
Queiroz said that of the hundreds of thousands of Android apps, there should be around 1,800 apps that will work with Google TV initially, and even most of those wont be optimized for the TV. Google has been working with about 50 developers on the first TV-optimized apps, he said.
For its part, Google said it has improved the Chrome browser and YouTube apps to be more TV-friendly, and has added a movies and television app that makes it easier to find the content you want to watch, whether it is coming from your cable or satellite subscription, services like Amazon or Netflix, or from the broader Internet.
Another big shift is in how Google is positioning its TV product. After spooking Hollywood early on, the company is taking great pains to position Google TV as a complement to rather than a replacement for broadcast television.
Our purpose is certainly not to duplicate content, Queiroz said.
When Google TV came out, the major broadcasters blocked Google TV from accessing their content both directly and from Hulu. There is no expectation that will change with the update and Google is stressing that it doesnt see the product as an option for would-be cord cutters.
Google is announcing some new content partnerships, though most are either already over-the-top services or minor broadcast presences. New partners include CNNMoney, Flixster, Fox Business, Amazons IMDB, Khan Academy, Motor Trend, NPR and The Wall Street Journal (which, like AllThingsD, is owned by Dow Jones).
While the TV industry shifted from three networks to hundreds with the advent of cable, Google is trying to pitch Google TV as the right product for a television universe that is expanding to millions of options.
We think we are going through another shift, Quieroz said.
A More Personalized Streamer with Google TV 2.0
After a freshman flop, Google has announced it's releasing version 2.0 of its TV on Sunday, this time with some features that turn it into a little personal TV aggregator. Like most TV streaming boxes, the box doesn't let users cut the cable cord that they want. But the gadget does have some utility and a saving grace that others don't: Personalization, filtering the TV experience to best suit your tastes. Or at least that's the idea.
Google has incorporated the search we love into a box we didn't. Proto TV had Google search, but Google didn't think to amend it for the new medium. The remote had a Search button, but as Gadget Lab's Jon Phillips points out, it didn't deliver. "The results you received were anything but Googly in their depth and relevance, and werent aggregated across all of Google TVs content sources," he writes. Kind of surprising for a company that's name is synonymous with search.
Version 2.0 cleans that mess up. For one, results are better, claims Phillips. But, the actual search process is better, too, allowing for a more customized experience, as The New York Times's Claire Cain Miller explains. "Say you want to watch a romantic comedy, but dont want to search the TV listings, Netflix and Amazon separately," she writes. "Google will scan them all and offer personalized recommendations." It not only makes finding and watching more seamless, it removes the crap options from sight, making finding enjoyable programming, well, enjoyable.
Beyond these searching features, Google also uses Twitter to socialize the whole thing. Like Facebook, Google thinks you'll want to watch what your friends are watching. Instead of connecting the two services completely, Google scans Twitter for the shows people you follow are tweeting about. The TV then corresponds with those results in its filtered searches, showing the user shows that are making buzz. "Once you open up this canvas to other tools available on the web, we can ask, 'What are people tweeting about right now? What are people watching right now?" Rishi Chandra, director of product management told Phillips. Some TV watchers might not care what's trending, but it narrows down the choosing process.
im not so sure what new hardware would bring to google tv experience... mine while not quite as fast as the quad core pc i have,, is no real dog.. i did notice how ever that when i switched hdtv's from my 60hz tosh to my 120hz sam that the refresh of web sites... how quick they loaded increased about 40 or so percent.. perhaps the new chip set will speed thing up even more.. but im inclined to believe that the make of the HDtV may have an effect on the speed of the browser display... might be dead wrong... but this is what im finding...
As long as the Chrome browser works good - and if pages load faster with less freeze-ups that would be great. Also if Flash is more stable (without the shockwave crashes that would be good).
Oh and better bookmarks.
I don't really care about the GTV optimized sites in leanback mode - I prefer the full regular web versions of sites. So even though the articles state the new update is less like a PC experience and more like a GTV 'optimized' experience (think leanback) - as long as Chrome works and I can still use it like a PC I'll be happy.
Same with me. I am also looking for a tv-links android app, if someone makes it
From the "Features" page on the Google TV webppage
Personal Media Support
It works with your home network and supports DLNA
Support for many popular media formats
H.264 (MP4, MKV, MOV, AVCHD, 3GP), MPEG-4 part 2 (MP4, DIVX, AVI, 3GP) WMV (ASF, AVI)
MP3, AAC, Vorbis/OGG, MIDI, PCM/WAV, WMA, FLAC
JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Other formats supported
OK, this addresses what I thought was a major shortcoming of GTV. Kudos Google.
For TVLinks just install Playon on your PC along with the TVLinks script and add a shortcut to Playon on your Google TV, works for me!
'Bringing Millions of New Channels'
Google Issues Update to Google TV
October 28, 2011
Google also has a partnership for the system with Dish Network, but, so far, there are no partnerships with the major broadcast networks. Google has had difficulties with the major networks, but the company is trying to position its TV service as an added value.
The software upgrade will roll out next week to Sony products that support the technology, and shortly thereafter to Logitech.
Google also has a partnership for the system with Dish Network, but so far, there are no partnerships with the major broadcast networks. Google has had difficulties with the major networks, but the company is trying to position its TV service as an added value.
Last year, several networks blocked versions of their most popular TV shows when accessed over the Web via Google TV. The shows included The Office, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Modern Family. Additionally, the popular Hulu site, which is owned by NBC, Disney and News Corp., also blocked its availability on the service.
The equipment manufactured by Sony and Logitech for Google TV are built around a version of Intel's Atom processor. But, according to a new report released Friday by market researcher iSuppli, Intel is now placing less emphasis on the development of chips for smart TVs such as Google TV.
The research firm says that market is a tough one for the chipmaker, which prefers to look to smartphones and tablets as possible growth areas.
Interested to see if Slingplayer app works.
I am doing that now. I somehow like it without having to bring PC into the setup. Anyways, chrome browser is also good
Tried to play a .flac music file after update with the Media Player and it still shows as file unsupported or corrupted. Kudos retracted.
Wonder where they got the information from, as the Supported Media Formats - Google TV Android Developers Guide - Google Code page indicates nothing about FLAC compatibility.
I suspect they might be inferring compatibility with specific Google TV devices. For example, FLAC compatibility might be a value addition which Logitech will support on the Revue to reduce the gap with their Squeezebox product line. It wouldn't be the only thing that Logitech offered exclusive support on Google TV, the Logitech TV Cam for the Revue is another example.
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