Google is the new high fructose corn syrup -- it's in everything! But unlike the weight gaining additive, having Google's hands in our lives has turned out to be kind of a good thing. Our searches are more comprehensive, our email is less spamy, our instant messages feature video, and our phones have free navigation software. Not bad. So will our TV viewing improve as well?
Google, Intel, and Sony are teaming up to launch Google TV, a system that will be built into a future line of Sony TVs and will include the Android platform with a version of Chrome built in. It will allow you to surf the web, use social network apps like Twitter and Facebook, and, more importantly, will let you easily stream online content straight to your big screen. Google and Intel hope to create a set-up that lets you tap into the online world from your TV using the same type of tools and interaction as you already have with your TV. So e-stalking your ex through your Facebook will be similar to flipping through channels, rather than clicking through windows.
Google and Intel have Logitech working on the remote, which will have a tiny keyboard built-in. Like with all Google programs, the company plans to open its TV platform up to software developers so outsiders can build custom apps that will truly capitalize on what people want to do with their TVs. The developer toolkit will be available to programmers within the next few months. We should be able to see Google TV products as soon as this summer.
What do you want to see your TV do?