There are some unsung revolutions coming up this year.
While Microsoft and the others are chasing behind to catch up on the mobile market, but will always remain one step behind with Google and Apple, both companies are already up into other things, especially TV.
So fresh so good. Google is here with the long awaited Google TV and I must say “Yeah I like it!”.
While there has been some buzz around Apple’s TV, presented last month, but always declared a “hobby” of the company, I think Google TV has taken the right direction and introduced some really nice new features, especially one: Apps for TV.
While the idea of Apps, could actually come from Apple itsself (see the iPhone), Apple TV lacks to become the platform for Apps, the iPhone became. Hey you Apple guys, I think this was a big mistake and I think it is the real revolution behind Google TV.
I think, that its clear by now, that TV’s need some update and especially need their own UI and controls to interact with. It’s similar to how the iPhone revolutionized the mobile market, with it’s innovative touch interface.
You cannot just bring a classical webpage like Facebook to the TV screen, you have to modify it, to make use of TV’s features. (see my follow up guide on UI design for TV apps)
The combination Google chose is great, and is the same that Apple chose too, a mobile device, like the iPhone, with a rich UI as remote control and a TV as the screen for it. Apps for TV will have to be developed to render pages, that look nice on a big screen, while still being used from a cell phone device. (Googles Android and iPhone being a good platform for that)
Google TV (contrary to Apple TV) also greatly interacts with the “old” way of watching TV, making it a good start of migration to some sort of web based TV, that Apple TV is.
So while Apple TV is becoming more the “video recorder” substitute in our homes making it possible to rent and buy films, Google TV is becoming the “set top box” substitute, making it possible to connect to your Satellite, the Web and see webpages on your TV screen.
So ok Google, I think you got it good this time! I think we will see many cool apps come out for Google TV in the next time.
Here is my comparison to what are the main differences and “killer” features:
Apple Tv vs Google TV:
- classical: Satellite, TV
- new: Web
- classical: no
- new: iTunes Store for TV shows and films
Stream vids to the TV:
(through vids on it from iPhone, Mac)
Google TV: no, yet?
Stream from it:
Google TV: no, yet
Remote control it with your phone:
Google TV: yes
Apple TV: yes
Google TV: yes
Apple TV: no