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Sony and Google Launch Internet Television Sets

Sony Internet TV remote controlGoogle is set to expand into television production by joining forces with Sony to release new TV sets that allow viewers to browse the Internet. The high-definition sets, which were unveiled in New York, will have LCD screens ranging from 24 inches to 46 inches and a remote control system that comes with the standard QWERTY keyboard to enter search requests, send emails or make comments on the Web whilst simultaneously whilst watching television.

The Google-powered TVs can search the Internet, programme guides and find all video connected to a requested entered into a search bar at the top of the screen. Furthermore, consumers will be able to search for their favourite television programs and Websites on the same screen, at the same time. This means that Google TV will make it possible for consumers to search the Web, access Facebook and watch films on YouTube in the comfort of their sitting rooms. Twitter and a number of music sites such as Napster, Pandora and Vevo, have also designed features for the system.

The new TVs will be built on Google’s Android operating system, use Intel Atom processor and navigate the Web via the Google Chrome browser. As the Internet television sets go on sale this month, it will be interesting to see how successful they will eventually become in the increasingly competitive market if the price is right.

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8 Comments

  1. The key to Google TV is an on-screen search box, just like on Google’s Web site. The TV search box accesses Google’s search engine to look through live programs, DVR recordings and the Web, delivering a relatively compact list of results that can be accessed with a push of the button.

  2. It is weird. Internet is integrated into tv’s now. But it didn’t become as big and special as I thought it would. It just came in quietly. Haven’t seen the qwerty keyboard remote controls though.

  3. That was very interesting article. I like the concept between Sony and Google. Internet is integrated into tv’s now. Thank you for the idea that you share to me.

  4. I love Sony when in terms of electronics but Google is the best in making some stuff on internet especially on internet television. Let us just hope that this two will work.

  5. These google Tvs will start to blur the line between TV and internet. It will not be long before we start to stream TV shows and movies and watch them straight on the TV. Regular TV networks will have to work hard to compete with what the internet can offer at the click of the remote.

  6. When they introduced Google TV it was a great concept. Allowing companies like Sony to incorporate the software into their televisions was the beginning of the future of TV. However, there were many bugs in the beginning but I knew once they have been ironed out I would make a purchase.

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