Google Tries Again With Google TV [New York Times]
Google's first foray into television with its Google TV product was met with serious ambivilence by consumers. Set-tops with the operating system that allowed users to access online video on their televisions sold poorly, eventually being reduced in price to clear them off store shelves. Now, Google is back with the second revision of Google TV, which it hopes will attract much more interest.
As with the first version, Google's aim is to create a product that lives alongside traditional television rather than attempting to replace it. The refresh features a streamlined interface and more robust search option for content, but the most significant feature update is the inclusion of third party applications from the Google Android market. Users can download and install apps directly onto their Google TV device.
Sony's televisions and Logitech's set-tops which run the first version of Google TV will be able to update to the newer version. Samsung and Vizio are introducing televisions with the new Google TV next year.