Is Google TV Dead?
It's not looking so good for Google TV.
Logitech announced earlier this week that its pulling the plug on its Google TV Revue set-top boxes, admitting that implementation of the device was a mistake of "gigantic nature." Then Sony revealed it’s working on a next-generation TV that could revolutionize the way we watch television.
So without the technology to keep the platform going, and with the growth of competitors rising up around it, Google TV users are wondering what will happen to their platform.
Google TV provides access to streaming content such as YouTube and Netflix together with live TV on one platform. [Read: Google TV 2.0 Coming: Should You Tune In?]
"Logitech abandoned future support for their Revue device and Sony will likely sell out its inventory this holiday season before launching a platform based on new technology next year," said Sam Rosen, a senior analyst for digital home, TV and video service at ABI Research. "Therefore, unfortunately, there are no great Google TV-based products for this holiday season."
However, Rosen noted that the industry does continue to expect Google TV to become the operating system that sits under a number of connected TV products, similar to the way Android runs cellphones such as the Droid and Samsung Galaxy series phones.
"But this year's models are unlikely to get new updates, so they will be incompatible with future apps," Rosen told TechNewsDaily.
Manufacturers such as Sony and Logitech were expected to switch to next-generation chips in the near future, which will require new devices to be made.
Google recently took another shot at its smart TV platform with revamped software including an improved interface, a more unified view of Internet video content and the inclusion of apps from its Android operating system onto the TV platform.
It was Google TV’s first update since the platform debuted in Logitech and Sony devices last year.