Google has just premiered its TV announcements for next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, where the major television makers will be showing off the latest in “Smart” internet-connected sets.
The addition of LG TV models and replacements for Intel as the processor maker for Google TVs is the new news, although Google revealed its activation rates for its “TV meets the Web” service have doubled since Version 2.0 of Google TV was launched in October, suggesting a boost for sales of Sony devices. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
Facebook is updating its photo viewer, ZDNet reports. Facebook Photos will look cleaner, easier to view and bigger.
The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal reports that the mobile payment service, Square, is growing through out the US. Data from the company shows that “just about every major city and plenty of smaller places have someone using the device”. Read more
Eric Schmidt. Image by Getty.
In 2008, Michael Grade, then chief executive of ITV, branded Google a “parasite”, along with other internet companies that “live off our content”.
Tonight, Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, will take to the TV industry’s most prestigious platform to give the MacTaggart lecture in Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh International TV Festival’s annual keynote speech has been on steady rotation between the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 for most of its 35-year history, with the recent exception of News Corp Europe chief James Murdoch’s 2009 attack on the BBC.
So the symbolism behind the podium space granted to Google, Facebook and Twitter this year should not be underestimated. Read more
Logitech has cut the price of its Logitech Revue set-top box by 60 per cent to $99.99 from $249.99 in another sign that Google TV has failed to catch on with consumers. There are no indications that, as is often the case, the price cut presages a new Google TV unit from Logitech, which is the only company currently offering a standalone Google TV box. The Revue was launched last October at $300. Read more
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Google’s Android operating system now claims the largest share of the US consumer smartphone market with 39 per cent, according to June figures from market researchers Nielsen. Apple’s iOS is in second place with 28 per cent, while RIM Blackberry is at 20 per cent. Apple, however, is the top smartphone manufacturer in the US. HTC, meanwhile, holds a 14 per cent share of the market. Read more
Forget Apple TV, Google TV and YouView. Games consoles are going to be
the main way that people view online video on their TV sets in the
next couple of years, according to Simon Calver, chief executive of
Lovefilm, which both posts DVDs and streams films over the internet to
subscribers. Read more
Getting to know Google TV involves familiarisation with 80 buttons on Sony’s remote control, compared to just three on the recently launched Apple TV.
The extra 77 buttons, plus function-key combinations, sum up how, in trying to combine a full web experience with regular television, Google and its partners have added a complexity that may intimidate many consumers.
I reviewed Sony and Logitech’s Google TV units in the Personal Technology column in Friday’s FT Business Life section and compared them with rival systems. An extended breakdown of how Google TV shapes up against the competition is after the jump. Read more
Logitech has set a benchmark price of $300 for the new Google TV service, with the official launch of its Revue set-top box and controller.
That’s three times the price of Apple TV, but the two services are very different in features and approach, with Google TV offering much tighter integration with existing TV channels. Read more
You won’t find it on YouTube (a message explains that “licensing and permissions issues” prevent Google’s video site from showing the full event ) but Thursday’s unveiling of Google TV featured a demonstration by Bryan Perez, general manager of NBA Digital, writes FT Media Editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson.
A third-party content developer in a tech-heavy line-up at the Google I/O developer conference , Perez showed how fans could use the basketball association’s NBA.com application on their internet-enabled televisions to see video highlights, check scores and fantasy leagues, browse schedules or save games to their DVRs. Read more