Could Google TV Mark a Comeback?

August 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

August 16, 2011   Over the last couple of days, the news and speculation around Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s mobility business has been rapid fire. Most of it not too exciting, but what you would logically expect – tighter integration between OS and device, deeper device expertise, access to patents, etc.

However, in reading a recent article on Mashable – Why the Google Motorola Deal is About More Than Mobile Phones, I picked up the piece of the puzzle most interesting to me: Google TV.

This past January, I said that IPTV could be great, but there is a lot of room for improvement. From a basics perspective, there needs to be better user interfaces, better integration with remotes, and a continued emphasis on sites providing ‘lean back” experiences, especially once a critical mass is there.

However, I started my list of to-do’s for IPTV with integration into the set-top box. While Google TV definitely suffered from usability issues, it suffers the most from being another device. By having the technology part of the cable box it should look to find an adoption curve more similar to digital video recorders (DVRs).

Anyway, without being long winded, I am just going to say that I am happy to see the promise of Google TV/IPTV getting a new lease on life. I do think the technology will come and it is just a matter of  how fast and who owns it.


Subtle but Big Changes to Google – The Homepage of the Future?

August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

August 15, 2011  I just noticed some pretty subtle, but I think significant changes to Google today. I was searching for Kodak Gallery and got the following:

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