Linked by David Adams on Mon 5th Apr 2010 16:08 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Swedish company People of Lava has announced an Android-based internet-connected television. Say what you will about this particular product, but I personally think this is a very good idea that is a long time coming. I don't really care that much about having a TV that can do things. I use a TV as a glorified monitor, hooking it up to various boxes like DVRs that do the heavy lifting. But what I do care about is having electronics that don't suck. And I think I can make a blanket pronouncement here: by and large, the software that consumer electronics firms make for their hardware is very, very bad.
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Google Blessed?
by FunkyELF on Mon 5th Apr 2010 17:57 UTC
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The article doesn't say whether this is Google Approved. The article says...

Of course you can expect the usual stuff like YouTube, Email and Google Maps to work out-of-the-box

... without anything to back it up.

Those apps are only for devices which license the "Google experience". They are not free apps. They come pre-installed on a lot of Android devices because someone else (like your cell provider) pays for them through licensing.

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RE: Google Blessed?
by Zifre on Mon 5th Apr 2010 19:59 UTC in reply to "Google Blessed?"
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The "Google experience" apps that come with your phone are not free, but there are plenty of free replacement apps.

Really the only Android app that can't really be replaced is the phone (which obviously doesn't apply to a TV).

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RE: Google Blessed?
by womble234 on Tue 6th Apr 2010 01:52 UTC in reply to "Google Blessed?"
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... without anything to back it up.

Apart from the best release which states that it will be using those things

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fat pipes needed
by ozonehole on Tue 6th Apr 2010 02:55 UTC
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One thing I am sure of: if Internet-based TV catches on, we are going to need fatter pipes for delivering content. And lots of servers. I just hope this can all be done without a big increase in energy consumption.

Which reminds me, a question I've been wanting to ask someone (anyone): When will we be seeing power-saving ARM-based servers? Is that even feasible?

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Comment by frood
by frood on Tue 6th Apr 2010 03:55 UTC
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From the article :

"Compare the adverts you sit through on TV to on the internet, I barely notice the ones online but on TV brands have the chance to really grab my attention. My attention is on the screen, I’ve probably got a packet of Pickled Onion Monster Munch in hand (get in), I ain’t moving. Then…wow the new Adidas Predator advert comes on, jeez I sure would like a pair of them, move my phone (open app, press button, whatever) to interact and BEEP BEEP > coupons, nearest store, content, catalogues, competitions, apps, the list could go on. The same applies during programs."

That sounds like hell.

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RE: Comment by frood
by darknexus on Tue 6th Apr 2010 04:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by frood"
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Oh, they could make it even more intrusive. Imagine, little visual adverts running while the program is and a little "buy" button on your remote you can hit to buy the product currently being displayed. An advertiser's dream, a content watcher's hell.

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RE[2]: Comment by frood
by womble234 on Tue 6th Apr 2010 04:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by frood"
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Edited 2010-04-06 04:26 UTC

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by strcpy on Tue 6th Apr 2010 04:44 UTC
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Nice. Now they track your television too.

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