Google reboots Google TV

Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 30-10-2011

Even its makers concede that the initial version wasn’t perfect, but claiming that it has learned from its mistakes, Google has unveiled the second version of its over the top (OTT) TV service. The new Google TV is said to boast an improved, simpler user interface with a customisable home screen designed to allow users to get to their content more quickly.
Not surprisingly, given it is a Google product, the company has also improved search functionality so that it is easier to discover content from Live TV, Netflix, YouTube and HBO GO. It also now offers a purpose-built YouTube experience for Google TV with the online video service integrated more closely with Google TV search.
Google TV has an app called TV & Movies that offers users the ability to browse through 80,000 movies and TV episodes across cable or satellite, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and other sites. Within All Apps users can see all of their shortcuts, similar to what is presented on an Android phone or tablet.
Even though Google says it is opening up the TV to the creativity of content creators large and small through Android Market, it admits that the new version of the TV product won't initially offer a large number of apps.
The new Google TV has already been given endorsement from industry giants. A software update will be coming to Sony devices and Logitech devices soon after. Sony has installed Google TV on its connected TVs and Blu-ray products and future consumers of such products will receive the update during the initial start-up installation. For its part AOL has made its AOL HD app available for download on the new Google TV.