It’s been rumored about over and over again for the last few months, and sure enough, it’s real. Google, at their Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, have managed to pull some time from Android 2.2 announcements, to finally unveil the next generation of TV. Google’s TV, aptly called Google TV, is what they want TV to be, and they’ve done quite a bit to make it happen.
You’re looking at TV that meets the Web, and the Web that meets the TV. Four hardware requirements: wiFi and Ethernet built-in; connect your existing satellite or cable box to the Google TV box; the Google TV box will have a powerful processor to handle all the hard work; and a keyboard and mouse are required for the intuitive navigation. Better yet, Google Android devices will be able to connect to the Google TV via WiFi, and you’ll be able to use Voice Search to find channels, and whatever else you’ll want to find.
Navigation is made simple by the Quick Search Box, which is pictured here. You can simply type in what you’re looking for, and several different queries will be found. Just moving down to the option will let you instantly access the channel. And, if there’s something coming on in the future, you’ll be able to set up your DVR to record it, right there from the Quick Search Box.
More details to come, so stay tuned. Google’s still going strong here in San Francisco.