So, where the hell are all those Google TVs at?

When Google announced Google TV, many thought that it would change how we interact with our televisions turning them from dumb screens in to smart screens. With Google’s marketing power, many expected Google TV to hit the ground full steam ahead and take the market by storm.

But, Google TV did not hit the ground running; it hit the ground with a resounding thud and has failed to live up to the hype it generated when it was announced back in May of 2010.

If you jump back in to your time machine to December, Eric Schmidt made a bold prediction;

“By the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded.”

While he does not give a specific number, "the majority" would suggest that more than 50% of televisions on the market by the Summer of 2012 would be running Google TV and here we are, just a couple of months from the start of summer, and Google TV has been nothing more than a failed promise; we should note that an LG TV (possibly in two sizes) is rumored for release any day now. 

If we look back to January, Google announced that it had teamed up with many A-list companies to help incorporate Google TV in to the living room which included, Sony, Samsung, Vizio, LG and others. So far though, the Sony Internet TV is the only device getting any love from the Google TV website and Best Buy.

Maybe we were not looking in the correct corners of the web or maybe there is a big push in June of this year to release a metric-ton of Google powered TVs that will make Schmidt’s predictions come true. But, if you look at the market now, it seems that the prediction made back in December, will not come true.

As it stands today, finding a TV with Google under the hood is the exception to the rule and until we see a massive push by the vendors, Google TV will sit on the sidelines, waiting for the chance to show the world what it is capable of doing. 

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Another Microsoft epic fail - not only did Windows Media Centre not do the job, they're now ditching it and will loose out in this market save for X Box.

wotsit said,
Another Microsoft epic fail - not only did Windows Media Centre not do the job, they're now ditching it and will loose out in this market save for X Box.

Windows Media Center is going good for me, does everything I need, there are even some addons for it, the fact its available in W8 means your comment is pure fail

Toysoldier said,

Windows Media Center is going good for me, does everything I need, there are even some addons for it, the fact its available in W8 means your comment is pure fail

Microsoft recently announced Media Center in Windows 8 will only be a separate add-on that will only be for the "pro" version of windows 8 or better (not built in).

Jason Stillion said,

Microsoft recently announced Media Center in Windows 8 will only be a separate add-on that will only be for the "pro" version of windows 8 or better (not built in).

Therefore it is available, and not being ditched

Toysoldier said,
Therefore it is available, and not being ditched

Short-sightedness at it's finest.
Yes, this is the death knell for WMC.

It NEEDS to die. media consumption models are changing. WMC is the digital equivalent of a CRT with dials.

I think the bigger problem is alot of these companies decided to do their own thing. Samsung, Sony and LG have a ton of "smart TV functions" built in, I think the main thing missing would be the web browser that Google TV offers.

FlawedBlake said,
XBox has already won the competition for the living room. Hopefully the 720 will solidify this position for M$

I personally disagree. I have PS3, GoogleTV, Roku, Xbox360, Wii (it.. kinda counts).

For internet apps on your TV, I argue GoogleTV/Roku better then game console's.
For dvd/blu-ray/media streaming from pc, I find myself using the PS3 far more then the xbox. In addition none of the above require yearly subscription fee to actually use those features.

Now when it comes to next gen devices Xbox (Version 3), Playstation (Version 4), and future devices you hook up (Apple may be entering the market) I reserve my judgement to when I can see / use / read about the ability of these future products.

FlawedBlake said,
XBox has already won the competition for the living room. Hopefully the 720 will solidify this position for M$

Do people really believe it's going to be called the Xbox 720?

/It's not.

what ive been wondering: Ive seen a few commercials with TVs that have motion controls like Kinect. Is MS's hand in that? If not, they should be. What better way to make xbox720 a bigger entertainment platform than "oh, and it uses the same motion controls you are using on your TV now"

MikeInBA said,
what ive been wondering: Ive seen a few commercials with TVs that have motion controls like Kinect. Is MS's hand in that? If not, they should be. What better way to make xbox720 a bigger entertainment platform than "oh, and it uses the same motion controls you are using on your TV now"

I've been wondering if they would ever license the XBox interface to tv manufacturers and if you ever plug in an XBox 360 via HDMI 1.4, it would just pop up the Game Section. It would be a great way to get the interface to the masses and allow for MS to create a gateway for their services.

Rumors are out that MS is working on their own Kinected entertainment box. FWIW, I have a Kinect, and never use the motion controls, but I will admit that voice controls work wonderfully.

I love my Google tv (Logitech revue) , however....

The last update (which came out after Logitech discontinued there product) finally improved the interface / easy of use. (Went from Andriod 2.x to Andriod 3.x Honeycomb).

Setup of the revue can be a bit complicated when compared to a Roku box (Roku is a breeze to setup). Update helped.

The only two advantages it has over roku, is more selection of apps, and functional chrome browser with flash support.

Roku has the advantage of being cheaper (originally), and much easy to use / setup.

Jason Stillion said,
I love my Google tv (Logitech revue) , however....

The last update (which came out after Logitech discontinued there product) finally improved the interface / easy of use. (Went from Andriod 2.x to Andriod 3.x Honeycomb).

Setup of the revue can be a bit complicated when compared to a Roku box (Roku is a breeze to setup). Update helped.

The only two advantages it has over roku, is more selection of apps, and functional chrome browser with flash support.

Roku has the advantage of being cheaper (originally), and much easy to use / setup.

It has a third which is a big one for me. The hdmi in. No having to change the source of te tv to play a bluray or you tube or anything like that. When done i press the tv button and go back to watching tv.

I have the google tv bluray player and use it all the time

majortom1981 said,

It has a third which is a big one for me. The hdmi in. No having to change the source of te tv to play a bluray or you tube or anything like that. When done i press the tv button and go back to watching tv.

I have the google tv bluray player and use it all the time

I forgot about that, I do like that feature no additional hdmi ports (or having to switch tv sources).

I had a problem with audio sych (I run everything through stereo then to tv using HDMI) but figured out what caused the problem.

Cable Box -> Stereo -> Google TV -> TV = Audio Sync Issues
Cable Box -> Google TV -> Stereo -> TV = Correct Audio

I do use the Keyboard controller to work stereo, cable box, tv (universal remote).
Logitech used there harmony tech in google tv to control all your devices.

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When Google announced Google TV, many thought that it would change how we interact with our televisions turning them from dumb screens in to smart screens

I don't have anything against "Smart TVs". I am happy as long a TV has good visuals (Dyn. Contrast, Candela, Response) and has an HDMI port in it, so I can hook up the laptop. Smarter than that, I don't think it will go.

Or you know, you could just hook your computer/laptop/smartphone to the TV and do it that way. Streaming is also a pretty good idea.

Billus said,
Or you know, you could just hook your computer/laptop/smartphone to the TV and do it that way. Streaming is also a pretty good idea.

How would they milk you to buy a new TV again this year then? Every year it's something different to make you re-buy one. Digital, HD, 3D, "Smart", LED, etc.