Google TV, Bow Down Before Your Digital Overloards

I like to think I am up to date with the latest tech news and gadgetry, however Google TV completely snuck up on me, having only this morning had it brought to my attention all I can say is I want it, I want it now!

Logitech’s upcoming Google TV Box, pictured below will be based on the Android OS, run the Chrome browser for web surfing and be powered by an Intel Atom processor. Integrating with any HDTV and set-top box you will be kicking those Apple TV things and free to air channels to the curb in no time to surf the Googly Goodness (fan boy much?).


A post on Mashable covering Google TV contained the following very useful bullet points:

Info for Consumers

  • With the Sony television sets, hardware will be integrated.
  • For non-Sony HDTVs, external hardware will use HDMI.
  • Hardware will be available exclusively from Best Buy.
  • Once you buy the hardware, the service will be free.
  • Google TV will eventually integrate with Sony Playstation.


  • Google TV is more robust than web TV or Apple TV; it’s not just a browser or a guide.
  • Instead of a “guide,” you’ll be able to search for and navigate both TV and online content.
  • You’ll be able to download and run Android apps from your TV.
  • You’ll be able to control your TV from your Android mobile device, including voice-activated searches.
  • Required bandwidth will depend on the kind of content you consume, but good performance can be expected from 3MB/s connections.
  • The technology “stack” is the Android OS (2.1 to start) with the Chrome browser.


  • Developers can work on Google TV projects starting today.
  • Google TV will be available to consumers by fall 2010 in the U.S.
  • Aggressive international expansion is planned for 2011.
  • Android Market for Google TV will launch in early 2011.
  • Google TV APIs will be available in early 2011.
  • In summer 2011, Google TV will be open sourced.
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1 Comment

  1. Carlos says:

    I for one welcome our new digital overlords

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