Google reveals more hardware partners for Google TV

Google TV had a very poor introduction to the public in 2010. It only had two hardware partners, Sony and Logitech, and in 2011 Logitech decided to bail on making Google TV set top boxes after its Revue product was pretty much ignored by consumers. This week, ahead of CES 2012, Google announced a number of new hardware partners for Google TV, which got a 2.0 software update in late 2011.

In a post on the Google TV blog, the company confirmed previous reports that LG would be making TVs with Google TV software inside. Sony will be returning to the Google TV fold with new TV products alongside Samsung and Vizio, who will also be releasing Google TV-powered televisions. It looks like LG, Sony and Samsung will all be demoing their Google TV units at CES next week.

In addition, Marvell will offer up a chipset based on ARM that will power new Google TV devices in the future. As News.com reports, the first Google TV products were based on Intel's Atom processor so the fact that it is switching to an ARM-designed chip is a big change for the software.

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This looks like to be a fantastic product but sadly, Apple will steal all of the attention from this all because "its from Apple" and stupid Apple obsessed tech "journalists" who will pull out all stops to hype a product they haven't even seen.

sam232 said,
This looks like to be a fantastic product but sadly, Apple will steal all of the attention from this all because "its from Apple" and stupid Apple obsessed tech "journalists" who will pull out all stops to hype a product they haven't even seen.

All techs no that Apple TV is just a hobby. More effort is being put into Google TV than Apple TV. However, I would go with the Xbox 360.

UndergroundWire said,

All techs no that Apple TV is just a hobby. More effort is being put into Google TV than Apple TV. However, I would go with the Xbox 360.

ill probably get both (when I save up ) a nice TV with google added in and 360 for gaming, if it happens to have some good bits then yay. The TV has google built in, no loss there if it sucks in places. Same with the 360. Primary is for games, if it has some good media bits then added bonus.

All in all I reckon google TV will take off a bit better that the 360 because of the more open platform for apps. Speculation though, I dont know how well M$'s next gen console will perform. As well as the last I hope!

Auzeras said,

ill probably get both (when I save up ) a nice TV with google added in and 360 for gaming, if it happens to have some good bits then yay. The TV has google built in, no loss there if it sucks in places. Same with the 360. Primary is for games, if it has some good media bits then added bonus.

All in all I reckon google TV will take off a bit better that the 360 because of the more open platform for apps. Speculation though, I dont know how well M$'s next gen console will perform. As well as the last I hope!

I have a Google TV (Logitech Revue). It's nice but it is not as good as the Xbox 360. The 360 menu just performs better than the Logitech. I will definitely check out the new Google TV system when it is released but for now I mostly use my Xbox (Netflix mostly).

It's about time TV and web came together in a GOOD way, not some half-baked effort. All networks, hardware partners and developers need to be on board for it to work.

I'm hoping the iTV is a sucess, purely so it drives things like Google TV forward.

I was under the impression that Android 4.0 would be the unifying code for smartphones, tablets AND Google TV - has this happend with the Google TV 2.0 software?

SuperHans said,
It's about time TV and web came together in a GOOD way, not some half-baked effort. All networks, hardware partners and developers need to be on board for it to work.

I'm hoping the iTV is a sucess, purely so it drives things like Google TV forward.

I was under the impression that Android 4.0 would be the unifying code for smartphones, tablets AND Google TV - has this happend with the Google TV 2.0 software?

Not even close to fixing gTV, 2.0 was actually considered a setback in some areas.

Still this could help - don't quote me on this - but I think the intel processor was part of the reason for the limited apps on gTV.

nw2001 said,

Not even close to fixing gTV, 2.0 was actually considered a setback in some areas.

Still this could help - don't quote me on this - but I think the intel processor was part of the reason for the limited apps on gTV.

not really the only reason that there is a limited apps number is because there is no official ndk

It's not enough that you had to re-buy a digital TV, then re-buy an HD TV, then re-buy a 3D TV (for whoever was crazy enough to do that), but now you need to re-buy a Smart TV? They will think of anything to keep making you re-buy TVs. I'd much rather keep my TV and use a set top box, whether that be a digital recorder, sky box, xbox, whatever. I'm sure there will be "smart" set top boxes soon that are compatible with the free satellite/digital channels etc.

It's too bad they have had nothing to say about SageTV which they bought out a few months ago. If it was still around, I'd probably buy another of their boxes. GREAT product for recording from cable or OTA, onto a PC in one room and playback in another room (using wired or powerline networking). The SageTV box is only 5x7x2 and outputs RGB or HDMI and controls the files from the remote location. (Do I sound like a commercial?? Sorry, but I think GOogle is missing a bet.)

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