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How Google can save Google TV

How Google can save Google TV

Google's projects seem to inevitably fall into one of two camps: either they're runaway successes, like Gmail or Chrome, or dismal failures, like Wave. Teetering on the edge right now is Google TV, the company's push for the living room which launched with a bang last year, maintained just enough momentum to reach the holidays, and then fell well short of the CES 2011 splash we'd expected. Call it a reboot, call it a refresh or call it a desperate resuscitation, Google TV is in dire need of some retuning.

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Google recruiting User Experience Lead for Google TV apps

Google recruiting User Experience Lead for Google TV apps

Google is looking to recruit a new user experience lead, responsible for Google TV apps and the related SDK. According to the job description, the successful candidate will be "asked to pioneer new possibilities for web-based and Android application experiences on the platform and establish the patterns and standards used to develop great interactive experiences on Google TV." The new position follows speculation that Google plans to pull the Android AOSP for Google TV, Gingerbread for phones and Honeycomb for tablets into a single code base.

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Android Ice Cream to pull Google TV, phone & tablet strands into one

Android Ice Cream to pull Google TV, phone & tablet strands into one

Google's apparent Android Ice Cream intentions may be broader than a bowl of the cold stuff, according to the latest rumors. In fact, the search giant is tipped to merge the AOSP of not only Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 3.0 Honeycomb, says GTVSource's tipster, but Google TV as well, creating one single project for all three code bases. And, so the source continues, it'll all be announced at Google I/O 2011 in May.

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Samsung tips massive Smart TV attack in 2012 but Google TV still MIA

Samsung tips massive Smart TV attack in 2012 but Google TV still MIA

2011 could well be the year of smart TV, with Samsung targeting 30- to 40-percent penetration of sets with streaming media, internet access and integration with mobile devices worldwide. According to Taipei Times, Samsung Taiwan president Moon Sung-hyun made the prediction during a Taiwan launch of a new range of LCD sets, over 90-percent of which were smart TV enabled; however, it's unclear if Samsung intends to push ahead with its own, home-grown smart TV platform, or look to a branded rival like Google TV

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Google TV Remote App Available Now For iOS Devices

Google TV Remote App Available Now For iOS Devices

If you use Google TV but haven't quite migrated over to Android from your iOS devices, then here's an app for you to remotely control your Google TV via your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The Android version for this remote app came out last December, but the iOS version has just dropped.

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Logitech manager says Android Market coming to Google TV in “very short term”

Logitech manager says Android Market coming to Google TV in “very short term”

I bet that there were lots of you out there that were excited about the Google TV platform when it announced only to have that damped when the major online content providers like networks and Hulu blocked the Google TV devices from streaming their content. After that happened my enthusiasm for the Revue and other Google TV gear waned. I keep hoping that the block will end eventually and we can access all the content again. In the interim, giving me access to lots of apps might help make the Revue more interesting.

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Samsung eyeing Google TV gear with ARM processors according to source

Samsung eyeing Google TV gear with ARM processors according to source

Google TV launched with lots of high hopes from Google, Logitech, and Sony the original partners for the service. All was good for a short while until all the major networks and Hulu promptly banned Google TV from their websites making the future of Google TV questionable in my mind. Sony is still committed to Google TV and now Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Samsung is mulling entry into the Google TV clan.

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Dear Logitech: The Revue Is Overpriced

Dear Logitech: The Revue Is Overpriced

I’m a firm believer in Google TV. I think the platform has more promise than any other software running on set-top boxes today. With the right vision and some fulfilment on promises Google has made in the past, I think it’s quite possible for the company’s platform to entirely change the way we enjoy entertainment in the living room.

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