“Google is making another big push with Google TV, introducing two new set-top boxes from Sony and expanding the services footprint internationally. As promising as some aspects of its efforts are, the bottom line is disappointing — this is no Apple TV (or more specifically, what we imagine Apple TV might become),” Anthony Wing Kosner reports for Forbes.
“As much as both companies are hoping that consumers around the world will scream, ‘I want my Google TV!’ it’s unlikely to happen,” Kosner reports. “Hands-on reviews in both CNET and Gizmodo come to the same conclusion: somewhat improved hardware and remote are marred by kludgy integration with other devices and overly complex and buggy software… Sam Biddle, in the Gizmodo review finds the Google TV software to be more traffic jam than train wreck, ‘What makes sense works poorly, and what works well shouldn’t be available at all, pulling together all the worst possible parts of using Android together and putting them on the biggest screen you own.'”
Kosner reports, “Apple would never design a two-sided remote, touch screen with physical buttons on the front, full QWERTY keyboard on the back, of the complexity found in Sony’s NSZ controllers. They also would limit the available functions to the things that users actually use, not just everything they could think of. Most importantly, Apple will not come out with a product that is not supported by enough third-party content deals to make it a satisfying experience.”
Much more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]