“The Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas was meant to be the great coming-out party for Google’s new software for televisions, which adds Web video and other computer smarts to TV sets,” Ashlee Vance and Claire Cain Miller report for The New York Times. “Although Google already has a deal with Sony for its Internet TVs, other television makers — Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp — were prepared to flaunt their versions of the systems.”
“But Google has asked the TV makers to delay their introductions, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception,” Vance and Miller report. “The late request caught some of the manufacturers off guard.”
Vance and Miller report, “Google has a long history of putting out new products and then revising them on the fly. But in the consumer electronics market, companies place big, well-timed bets — to attract holiday buyers, say, or back-to-school shoppers… [Previously] phone and computer makers have been forced to push back their plans to release tablets based on a [newer version of Google’s Android] software, leaving Apple’s iPad as the tablet king this Christmas. Now similar problems may be plaguing Google TV. Industry analysts also say Google’s sudden change of plans reflects a weakness in the company’s business culture around managing relationships with partners… So far, Google TV is not ready for prime time, according to consumer technology reviewers and some early customers.”
MacDailyNews Take: Our Lady of Perpetual Beta™ strikes again. To borrow a question from another master of half-assery: “Where do you want to go today?™” Google will take you halfway there, then dump you off at the side of a dead end road; a few hundge lighter and without a map.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Travis L.” for the heads up.]