Google 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.
Does the concept of browsing the Web and watching television simultaneously appeal to you?