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Google TV – Internet powered Media

Google TV is a Smart TV platform from Google co-developed by Intel, Sony, and Logitech that was launched in October 2010[2] with official devices initially made by Sony and Logitech.[3] Google TV integrates the Android operating system and the Google Chrome Web Browser to create an interactive television overlay on top of existing Internet television and WebTV sites to add a 10-foot user interface, for a Smart TV experience.

Google TV’s first generation devices was only created and commercialized by Sony and Logitech, this first generation of devices were based all on x86 architecture processors by Intel. While the second generation of Google TV devices are all based on ARM architecture processors, at which time additional partners joined, including LG, Samsung,[4] Vizio, and Hisense. In 2013, more Google TV supported devices were announced by new partners, including Hisense, Netgear, TCL, and Asus. Some of which include 3D television (3D TV) display output capabilities.

An October 2013 report suggests that Google might soon cease using the Google TV label and require all new devices to be rebrand as Android TV.[5]

Google TV leverages many of Google’s existing products. Google TV’s operating system, a customized version of Android, provides the underlying foundation, allowing developers to create applications that extend the system’s functionality. Google’s Chrome browser provides a gateway to the Internet, allowing consumers to browse web sites and watch television, in tandem. Consumers can access HBO, CNBC, and content from other providers through the Chrome browser. Android and Apple smartphones and tablet computers may be used as remote controls for Google TV. Google TV products ship with wireless remote controls with a full QWERTY keypad. An update in November 2011, allowed access to Google Play and enabled search to find content from live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Amazon, and more.[6] In a future OS update, some of the Google TV devices will have casting support, the same as the Chromecast.[7]