Oops! Google TV offers no protection, no way to block or control Web’s bad elements

Apple Online Store“The Logitech Revue with Google TV’s Web browser offers you no more protection or control than a run-of-the-mill desktop version,” Lance Ulanoff reports for PC Magazine.

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“I wondered what other tweaks Google might have made to try and optimize the browser for Revue with Google TV,” Ulanoff reports. “Virtually none.”

“Wait a minute, I said to the Google exec. What if someone is operating his Revue with Google TV And he stumbles on a pop-up chain (accidentally hitting an adult site comes to mind). Does the Google TV Chrome browser do anything to suppress the pop-ups or at lease shield the user from this kind of activity? This isn’t, after all, a PC,” Ulanoff reports. “Nope, the browser doesn’t do anything, because it’s simply Chrome. It will protect you only in the ways Chrome on the desktop can protect you,” Ulanoff reports. “And there’s the fatal flaw. It gets worse. Remember, this Chrome browser has no interface or controls. So how do you shut it down and stop those out-of-control pop ups? How do you even change the browser settings?”

Ulanoff reports, “You can’t install security software on Google TV, so how do you automatically block the bad stuff? To me this is more than an issue. It’s a big, dark problem that literally lies at the core of Google TV.”

Read more in the full article – in which the only “solution is, get this, Control-Alt-Delete (smirk) – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Google, home of Our Lady of Perpetual Beta, is a search engine company fumbling around in search of new ways to grow revenue. They haven’t been making acclaimed best-in-class products for people for over 3+ decades, like Apple. First the Nexus One and now this. Google doesn’t really know what the heck they are doing and, often glaringly, it shows.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

52 Comments

  1. Google is the ultimate geek company trying to reach the broad marketplace of non-geeks. They have no clue about handling consumers or even the hardware vendors. CE companies like Samsung and Sony obviously knows consumers, but they have no handle on the tech/software side of things. Again, Apple’s ability to handle both sides of the equation extremely well gives them a distinct advantage.

  2. Google is the ultimate geek company trying to reach the broad marketplace of non-geeks. They have no clue about handling consumers or even the hardware vendors. CE companies like Samsung and Sony obviously knows consumers, but they have no handle on the tech/software side of things. Again, Apple’s ability to handle both sides of the equation extremely well gives them a distinct advantage.

  3. Hate to stomp all over the cloud peeps, but ISP data caps are going to take this business model down unless somebody comes up with a model that the ISPs can accept.
    One HD movie in h.264 can easily go over 2GB and in a month these data hungry devices can blow through even the fairly generous 250GB cap Comcast unofficially uses. I hear TW Cable’s is 1/5th of that.

  4. Hate to stomp all over the cloud peeps, but ISP data caps are going to take this business model down unless somebody comes up with a model that the ISPs can accept.
    One HD movie in h.264 can easily go over 2GB and in a month these data hungry devices can blow through even the fairly generous 250GB cap Comcast unofficially uses. I hear TW Cable’s is 1/5th of that.

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