In late July, Google rolled out their new Google Fiber product to Kansas City. According to Capstone analyst Rory Maher, Google is now ready to expand to new locations. In a report on Business Insider today, Maher indicates he has been in contact with sources close to the Kansas City project and they are telling him “more cities will likely be bidding for Fiber soon.”
Google Fiber is Google’s entry into the physical plant side for television and Internet connections. Fiber gives them the opportunity to serve the “last mile” – the term used for the physical connection people use to access the Internet. The product itself includes HD quality television, a beefed up DVR capable of recording up to 500 hours and access via iOS and Android apps, and high-speed Internet service.
Is the Google Fiber product something you would be interested in coming to your location?
source: Business Insider
Samsung has built a major part of its reputation with its line of Smart TVs, but has yet to fully dip its toes into Google TV — until now, that is. While not a part of its press conference, the company is showing off new Google TV hardware on the show floor of IFA 2012.
Details are scarce, but Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Hub as the central user interface for switching between television and apps. As expected, the company has already ported some of its own Smart TV apps to the Google TV unit. With these added tweaks, the company hopes to “enhance the Smart TV experience.”
Google TV has undoubtedly failed to catch on with consumers, but Samsung is hoping that it can make an impact with its prominent branding. Let’s just hope Samsung can actually bring this thing to market for a reasonable price. More on this story as it develops.
As we reported earlier today, Chinese manufacturer Hisense is set to reveal a new sub-$100 Google TV box at IFA starting later this week. Hisense has now released an official press release with more details regarding their forthcoming device. Set to be named the Pulse, Hisense says it will be priced at $99 or less. The new set top box will have support for up to 1080p high definition and comes with a variety of connection options including USB, HDMI, Ethernet and wifi. Hisense indicates the remote will be two-sided, with one side getting a dedicated Netflix button and the other side getting a full QWERTY keyboard. Hisense indicates the device will be available from major retailers starting in mid-November. Hit the break for the press release on this latest entrant into the Google TV set top box market.
The Google TV set-top box market just got a little more crowded. Google has gained another partner in Hisense, a Chinese-based electronics company, which will produce a sub-$100 Google TV set-top box that will mainly compete with Vizio’s $99 Co-Star . The Hisense set-top box, which will ship with Google’s second generation Google TV software, is slated for release later this year. Hisense is the fifth company to partner with Google joining Vizio, Samsung, Sony, and LG. More specifics might be officially revealed at IFA so be sure to check back here beginning August 31 for any further details on this budget-friendly Google TV experience.
Remember the Vizio Co-Star Google TV box? Much of the specs for the device remained undetermined, but thanks to the folks at ifixit, some important specs are finally revealed. Here’s what you can expect from the Co-Star:
- Marvell Armada 1500 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
- Marvell 88DE2755 QDEO Video Processor
- Nanya NT5CB256M8GN-DI 2 Gb DDR3 SD RAM (1GB total RAM)
- Samsung K9GBG08U0A-SCBO 32 Gb (4 GB) NAND Flash
For $99 bucks, this definitely isn’t too bad for the hardware that you’re getting. Has anyone out there purchased one of these? If so, tell us your experience with the device.
With the launch of a new fiber network in Kansas City today, Google also announced the availability of Fiber TV. Google thinks it is an entirely new way to experience TV, promising users, “You don’t have to settle for old-time television anymore.” In reality, it sounds like a supercharged version (in a good way) of the venerable cable box. Fiber TV is a combination of apps, services, and the set top box that provides access to television shows and the ability to record up to 500 hours of TV and eight shows at once.
The VIZIO Co-Star Google TV box looks like a winner for $99. I know, Google TV’s growth is non existent, but when you get an updated version with a nice remote for $99, you have to consider it. If your finally looking to jump on the Google TV bandwagon, the Co-Star seems like the best option. Vizio just announced that pre-orders start today on their website with free shipping for a limited time. They expect to start shipping them by mid August.
Full press release after the break:
Last month we were able to spend some time with a couple Google TV set-top boxes made by Sony. The devices are the NSZ-GS7 and the NSZ-GP9, which were slated to be priced at $199 and $299 respectively. The price difference is due to the inclusion of a Blu-Ray player in the latter device which is scheduled for release later this year.
Sony had indicated the NSZ-GS7 would be available in July and they have delivered on that promise. If you are ready to invest in one of the units yourself, you can now place your order with Amazon. Just hit the source link to start shopping.
Marvell announced today that their ARMADA 1500 HD Media SoC is being used by OnLive in their app to provide high-end video games to Google TVs and Google TV devices. By using the app, users can avoid the use of a game console. The ARMADA 1500 chip is a dual-core CPU able to run at more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS with integrated Qdeo video processing technology, support for 3DTV, and full HD video running on a fan-less, small form factor.
According to Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO, “OnLive’s focus is to make the highest quality gaming accessible to everyone,anywhere, and anytime they want it.” OnLive is able to deliver video games on-demand to PCs, Macs, TVs and tablets. With this latest move, their games will now be available on Google TVs.
OnLive and Marvell do not indicate specific Google TV devices that will include the ARMADA 1500 chip. Full press release after the break.
As expected, one of the Google products to get some attention at Google I/O is the Google TV platform. Google continues to increase consistency across product lines and Google TV is no exception. The UI has been updated to provide access to the Google Play store that is similar to that found on other Android devices. Consumers can purchase movies, music, and TV shows through the store. Because Google Play works across devices, one will be able to start a show on one device and continue watching it across other devices.
Beyond the interface with the Google Play store that most consumers will see, Google is making improvements to the APIs, libraries and code that is available to developers. This should improve the availability of apps on the platform, such as the recently announced Sirius XM app.