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Google TV
Google tv logo.svg
Google TV Screenshot.png
DeveloperGoogle Inc. and others
OS familyAndroid
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen source with proprietary components
Initial release6 October 2010; 4 years ago (2010-10-06)
Marketing targetSmart TV platform
Succeeded byAndroid TV
 
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Google TV
Google tv logo.svg
Google TV Screenshot.png
DeveloperGoogle Inc. and others
OS familyAndroid
Working stateDiscontinued
Source modelOpen source with proprietary components
Initial release6 October 2010; 4 years ago (2010-10-06)
Marketing targetSmart TV platform
Succeeded byAndroid TV

Google TV was a smart TV platform from Google co-developed by Intel, Sony, and Logitech that was launched in October 2010[1] with official devices initially made by Sony and Logitech and discontinued in January 2015.[2] Google TV integrates the Android operating system and the Google Chrome web browser to create an interactive television overlay on top of existing online video sites to add a 10-foot user interface, for a smart TV experience.

Google TV's first generation devices were all based on x86 architecture processors by Intel and were created and commercialized by Sony and Logitech. The second generation of devices are all based on ARM architecture processors and with additional partners including LG, Samsung,[3] Vizio, and Hisense. In 2013, more second generation Google TV-supported devices were announced by new partners, including Hisense, Netgear, TCL, and Asus, some of which including 3D video support.

Google TV was succeeded in June 2014 by Android TV, a new platform which shares closer ties with the Android platform (in particular, Android 5.0) and has a revamped user experience integrating with Knowledge Graph, and providing casting support from mobile devices.[4] While a "small subset" of Google TV devices will be upgraded to the Android TV platform, the majority will not. In January 2015, the Google TV SDK was pulled, ending any future software development for existing devices and effectively deprecating the platform.[5]

Features[edit]

Google TV leverages many of Google’s existing products. Google TV’s operating system, a customized version of Android, provides the underlying foundation, allowing developers to create applications that extend the system’s functionality. Google’s Chrome browser provides a gateway to the Internet, allowing consumers to browse web sites and watch television, in tandem. Consumers can access HBO, CNBC, and content from other providers through the Chrome browser. Android and Apple smartphones and tablet computers may be used as remote controls for Google TV. Google TV products ship with wireless remote controls with a full QWERTY keypad. An update in November 2011, allowed access to Google Play and enabled search to find content from live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Amazon, and more.[6]

Apps[edit]

Xyologic has compiled a list of the early Google TV apps with the largest number of installations.[7] As of November 2012, the most installed apps are Napster, Pandora Radio and CNBC.

Sony Internet TV

Partners[edit]

The Google TV platform is provided by Google to OEMs for incorporation into their consumer products. The first generation of consumer devices were produced by Logitech and Sony. The second generation of consumer devices are being produced by Sony,[8] LG (see LG L9 SoC), Vizio,[9] Hisense, NetGear and Asus. The third generation of consumer devices was announced by LG at 2013 International CES, with the announcement of their forthcoming TV models.

Devices[edit]

First Generation[edit]

Brand/NameModelAndroid versionStatusAnnouncement dateUS release dateDiscontinued date
Sony Internet TV – 24", 32", 40" and 46"NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1 and NSX-46GT1[10][11]3.2DiscontinuedOctober 12, 2010[12]October 2010February 2012
Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc[13]NSZ-GT1[14]3.2DiscontinuedOctober 12, 2010[12]October 2010February 2012[15]
Logitech RevueM/N: D-R0001, Y-R0014 – PN 970-000001[16]3.2DiscontinuedJune 18, 2010[17]October 2010[18]November 2011[19][19][20]

Second Generation[edit]

Brand/NameModelAndroid versionProcessor[21]RAM[21]Flash[21]USB ports[21]IR Blaster[21]StatusAnnouncement dateUS release dateDiscontinued date
Sony Internet Player with Google TV[22]NSZ-GS7[23]3.2Marvell Armada 1500(88de3100) 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with a 750 MHz GPU1 GB DDR3 Memory8 GB Samsung Flash NAND – KLM8G2FEJA-A0022YesDiscontinuedJanuary 9, 2012[24]July 22, 2012[25]
LG SmartTV with GoogleTV (47" and 55")[26]47G2[27] and 55G2[28]4.2.2LG L9AvailableMay 2012May 30, 2012
Vizio Co-Star[29]VAP430[30]3.2Marvell Armada 1500(88de3100) 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with a 750 MHz GPU1 GB DDR3 Memory4 GB Samsung Flash NAND – K9GBG08U0A-SCBO1YesAvailableJune 26, 2012[31]August 22, 2012[32]
Hisense Pulse[33]gx1200v3.2Marvell Armada 1500(88de3100) 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with a 750 MHz GPU1 GB DDR3 Memory4 GB Flash NAND1YesAvailableSeptember 2012[34][35]December 20, 2012
ASUS Cube[36][37]Cube[37]3.2Marvell Armada 1500(88DE3100) 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with a 750 MHz GPU1 GB DDR3 Memory4 GB Flash NAND2YesAvailableJanuary 7, 2013[36]April 24, 2013[37]
NETGEAR NeoTV Prime[38]GTV100[38]3.2Marvell Armada 1500(88DE3100) 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with a 750 MHz GPU1 GB DDR3 Memory4 GB Flash NAND1YesAvailableJanuary 7, 2013[39]January 9, 2013[40]

Reviews[edit]

DateAuthorPublisherDevice GenerationComments
2010 October 29Nilay PatelEngadget BlogFirst GenerationRemarked, "Google TV feels like an incomplete jumble of good ideas only half-realized, an unoptimized box of possibility that suffers under the weight of its own ambition and seemingly rushed holiday deadline." [41]
2010 November 13Kevin SintumuangWall Street JournalFirst Generationreview that "The potential is as big as, well, the Internet, but right now Google TV is a bit of a tease." [42]
2010 November 17David PogueThe New York TimesFirst GenerationSaid "This much is clear: Google TV may be interesting to technophiles, but it's not for average people." Concentrating more on the product's usefulness for finding and watching television shows than on its capabilities as an Internet appliance, he also expressed concern about the inconsistencies throughout the user interface as well as the fragmentation of Google TV.[43]
2011 July 28Matt BurnsTechCrunchFirst GenerationCommentators were saying "Google TV is sinking" and that it was "on its last legs" as launch partner Logitech slashed the price of its Revue (from $249 to $99) to clear unsold inventory.[44]
2011 November 3Matt BurnsTechcrunchFirst GenerationSome of the same commentators praised Google TV 2.0 as having a "brilliant interface" but still lacking "substance." Said "The latest Google TV, referred to as Google TV 2.0 throughout the rest of this review, is a star performer. It runs like a champ and it’s clear that Google engineers paid close attention to criticism of version 1.0." [45]
2011 November 22Russell HollyGeek.comFirst Generation[46]
2011 November 22Brid-Aine ParnellTheregister.co.ukSecond Generation[47]
2012 January 9Jung-ah LeeWSJSecond GenerationThis article says that Samsung had plans to release Google TV based devices on the second half of 2012. Their target was high-end customers in the U.S. first.[48]
2012 June 26Ben DrawbaughEngadget BlogSecond Generation[49]
2012 June 27Marshal RosenthalGadget ReviewSecond GenerationIt says: "The advantage of the Google experience is that much of what is going on is happening online — as you’re accessing video, photos, looking at stuff that is not just locally based." The LG 55G2 product was rated in general as excellent.[50]
2012 August 19Antony Williamsblog.antonywilliams.comSecond Generation"Vizio's $99 launch price is a big improvement .... Unfortunately the software, which runs atop the antiquated Android Honeycomb release, is no better than before." [51]
2012 August 21Dan Rayburnstreamingmedia.comSecond GenerationIt says: "Overall, Vizio’s Co-Star device will please most consumers and Vizio’s made a really nice device, considering this is their first entry into the $99 streaming box market." [51]

Competitors and controversies[edit]

Main article: Smart TV

Cable providers as well as content providers have been slow to warm to Google TV. NBC, ABC, Fox,[52] CBS and Hulu have blocked Google TV enabled devices from accessing their web content since Google TV's launch.[53] As of November 22, 2010, Google TV devices are blocked from accessing any programs offered by Viacom’s subsidiaries.[54] Of the cable and satellite providers, only Dish Network (formerly Echostar), has embraced Google TV and promoted it by offering customers a discount on the Logitech Revue.[55]

In January 2014, Google filed a UDRP case against the owner of domain names androidtv.com and xbmcandroidtv.com. The domain names were registered with GoDaddy in November 2006. The domain names are used by the company Exo Level, Inc. In March 2014, Google’s case was denied.[56][57]

Version history[edit]

Development[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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