Google Enter Internet TV Market with Shiny New ProductJuly 2, 2012
Another day, another new entrant into the Internet-enabled TV market. Google’s first foray has just been announced, with an anticipated release date of July 16.
The set will be manufactured by Sony, and will include Google’s own unique interface, enabling access to the web and billions of hours worth of web video, catch up TV, paid for movies and YouTube channels, as well as Google Play.
The real beauty is that the web and all of the other delicious app treats are built into the box, so you don’t have to muck about with your existing set-up to get it to work.
The Sony NSZ-GP7 is available for pre-order, and has a retail price of a fairly respectable £200. The Blu-Ray playing NSZ-GS7 model will follow in October.
In addition to this, rumours are rife that Apple’s long awaited debut in the world of Smart TV’s is just around the corner. The giant’s new set – dubbed the ‘iPanel’ after a legal joust with ITV (the artist formerly known as Central, Channel 3 etc) – is set for launch sometime in 2013.
It was following the publication of Steve Jobs’ biography that this project gathered pace. The former CEO felt that he had ‘finally cracked’ how to bring his company into the marketplace.
“I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,” he said. “It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine.”
Both of these – along with the imminent release of the Samsung Internet @TV – spell an interesting time for ‘Smart Television’ technologies, and could finally see these pass into the mainstream in the next 12 months.
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