Source: Android and Me
It isn’t exactly a secret that Intel is at the core of Google TV, but specific hardware details about the various products slated for release this Fall have been sparse. It’s being reported that both the Sony Smart TV line and the Logitech Revue will boast a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom CE4100, which is a 45nm SoC (System-on-Chip) that brings the best of the Internet to connected devices. For graphics, Intel has built in the PowerVR SGX535 core, which has been used in several Android phones including the Motorola Droid.
We reported a while back about Logitech’s interest in Google TV as a gaming platform, but recent moves by Google, such as the acquisition of social gaming firm Slide, could indicate that Flash games are the likely initial offering. This is evidenced further by Google’s investment of $150 million in FarmVille maker Zynga, as well as Adobe’s efforts to optimize Flash 10.1 for the Atom CE4100. We are still anxiously awaiting more advanced system specs for the line of Google TV devices set to debut this Fall, but at least this is a start. For now, check out the video embedded below which demonstrates Sony’s Smart TV technology.
Source: Financial Times | via: Engadget
We’ve been hearing rumors of Verizon toying with the idea of an Android tablet for a while, but now it seems the rumors are going to turn into reality. Reports are coming in that Motorola, makers of the largely successful ‘Droid’ line of Android smartphones, are developing a tablet which will allow users to watch TV. The device, which is slated to debut as early as this Fall and feature a 10-inch screen, is also likely to be connected to Verizon’s FiOS television service. Google and Apple are seen by many as the leading competitors for smartphone supremacy, and this new device would allow Android to step further into the tablet market largely dominated by the iPad. Speaking of Android, this new tablet has the potential to harbor some form of Google TV functionality, whether as a remote or perhaps utilizing a slimmed down version of the GTV software itself. The device would also feature full Flash 10.1 support, something Apple continues to snub in favor of HTML5. Verizon, Motorola, and Google have all declined to comment at this time, but for now it appears the cat is out of the bag and the speculation can truly begin.
Every Sunday, we recap the most important news of the week for those of you who need to play catch up. For all you soccer (or football, whichever word tickles your fancy) fans out there, the World Cup has officially ended. Now it’s time for you to check out some of the news you may have missed while you were catching all the action. This week, the big news was certainly the announcement of YouTube Leanback, which offers a continuous playback of videos based on search terms. Also high up on the list are the official photos and documents from the Logitech Revue’s FCC inspection. Here is the full list of stories featured this week:
In case you need more Apple TV rumors, here is another one
Study shows surfing and viewing simultaneously is on the rise
YouTube gears up for TV with Leanback, could see bright future with Google TV
The Wall Street Journal discusses Google TV
Logitech Revue gets a little FCC treatment [photo gallery]
Source: PC Magazine
Earlier today, YouTube launched an experimental new service called “Leanback,” which will allow users to simply enter a search term and watch continuous content based on those keywords, in a manner very similar to the usual TV experience. The service is therefore targeted towards TV viewers, and will surely become a part of Google TV at some point in the future. Leanback was announced the same day YouTube rolled out its revamped YouTube Mobile site, which has added a vast array of new HTML5 support, in contrast to the Flash-based Leanback.
The most obvious contrast between traditional YouTube and Leanback, as previously mentioned, is the concept of seamless integration between pieces of content based on keywords. Unlike the usual experience, where you have to continously chose what to watch next, with Leanback YouTube will do the thinking for you, basing the flow of content on similar videos, what the user has liked or disliked previously, as well as content the user has uploaded.
Leanback will benefit from an extremely simple control process in which traditional arrow keys will determine navigation, while the “enter” key will control playback. Because of this, Leanback will be versatile across all platforms, be it on the Web, mobile devices, or TV.
There has been no official announcement of a mobile app as of yet, but the ultimate goal, according to Kuan Yong, a Leanback project manager, is for users to be able to continue along with the experience on any device from where they last left off. For example, you are watching Leanback on your TV, but need to pause the video and go to the store. While standing in line at the checkout, you could continue watching for a few minutes, and later return yet again using either your TV or computer.
Additionally, it has been made clear that, for the time being at least, advertising will not be brought into the equation, and while options for monetizing Leanback are being explored, the initial experience will be ad-free
Leanback is currently in testing phase, and can be demoed via the YouTube TestTube site.
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