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Sony just announced its Internet Player, and Google is continuing the Google TV news with a revamp to its Google TV landing page. The site gives users a brief overview of what the platform does. Most notably, the "How It Works" page explains the distinction between the two types of Google TVs: integrated and what is apparently now known as "buddy box" style.

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The site also now lists many of the major Google TV products, which aren't all that numerous. Notably absent is the Logitech Revue which, while old, is still one of the cheapest ways to get in on Google's television platform, and the only box comparable in price to its competitor, the Apple TV. Given Logitech's thoughts on the device, though, we can't say its absence comes as a surprise.

Google certainly seems to be getting more and more involved in teaching consumers about products it works on, which is a nice trend. Hopefully we'll hear something about Google TV at the upcoming I/O conference. All the nice extras in the Google TV world won't mean much until Google makes the platform worth using.

Source: Google TV

Thanks, Grady!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Chiper_tss_tss

    Great!!!

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Maybe I'm being cynical, but I am hoping that Google either doesn't mention Google TV at all, or they really commit to it and have at least a couple of serious products/apps to announce for Google TV.  It's looking almost entirely like a failed experiment.  They've got to put something real together, because the half-baked efforts aren't really inspiring any confidence.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I think it'll be merged with Android@Home. I also think Android@Home's name will change to Google@Home.

      • Mark Curtis

         oh Android@Home? The thing they announced at last year's I/O and then didn't do anything with since?

        • xsirxx

          I could of sworn they announced it 2 years ago.. maybe under a different name?  Cant remember...

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          Yeah. I think they announced it like 'Hey, look what we've been doing!' but there wasn't anything to release. Now, I think they have stuff to release (the new next-gen Hi-Fi system and revamped Google TV).

  • Mark Stoner

    Any idea what the VIZIO streamer will cost?  My parents bought the SONY TV with integrated Google+ late last year and I was very impressed with it, but this LG TV is too pricey (and 3D is NOT going to catch on, sorry....)

    • http://twitter.com/yomama84 yomama84

      $99

    • michael interbartolo

      $99 for the Vizio box, $199 for the Sony box.

  • FrillArtist

    The problem with Google is releasing essentially half baked products. They have great ideas but marketing it, getting it into consumers' hands and following up with support is a BIG, BIG problem. This is something that they need to address or all their products will keep following this same path. Google Wallet, I'm looking at you.

  • Guest

    Well still missing the outcome of devices, when the Hype started early this year within "Google TV Goes ARM with Marvell's ARMADA 1500"

  • Evan Whiteside

    Does anyone know if Play Movies is supported on the Google TV Platform? That would be nice... But I haven't seen it in any promotional stuff yet.

    • http://twitter.com/iphonerules2 iphonerules

      I use Plex and stream with my Iphone

  • Dux

    I have four Sony Google TV sets, which all crashed this morning. They were all bought on the same day 14 months ago. After 3 hours on the phone to man in the Phillipines and an hour at Best Buy, I was told that all I could do was throw them in the trash can and buy new ones. They cost $980 each and have lasted exactly 14 months.
    Clearly the operating system by Android has failed due to either an overnight update, a virus which they deny or the Android operating system is just not stable enough to operate TV's. Clearly I will not be buying either Sony or Android junk again. Anyone want four TV sets?