Google has released a major update to their Google TV platform. The update includes a new interface, improved content discovery, YouTube integration, and Android app store.
We are opening up the TV to the creativity of content creators large and small through Android Market. Android developers can now bring existing mobile apps or entirely new ones to TV. Initially, the number of apps won’t be large – apps requiring a touch screen, GPS, or telephony won’t show up – but 50 developers have seeded the Market with cool and useful apps for the TV. We’re excited to see the number of apps grow.
Sales of Goole TV devices have been slow thus far and they have received much criticism for the shortcomings of the first generation Google TV software.
Google TV VS Apple TV
Apple TV rumors have been ignited with the release of Steve Jobs biography, where Jobs told Walter Isaacson “I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use.” Jobs went on to say “It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.”
Steve Jobs comments on Apple TV has left many speculating about exactly what he meant by “I finally cracked it.”
It’s likely the simple interface will include Apple’s new Siri technology, iCloud and iOS apps. Google is the first to include an app store while Apple is currently relying on AirPlay to get apps on the set top box.
Apple’s plans for Apple TV could be a combination of an actual television and a set top box for people not wanting to shell out for a new TV.