Google TV certainly made the rounds at IFA this past week, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on hand to deliver the final keynote address. The service, which is built on the Android platform, will allow users full access to the Web right from their TV, including streaming video from YouTube and Netflix, social media access from Twitter and Facebook, and full Google search from the Chrome browser.
Google TV will be released in several forms this fall, including an HDTV from Sony, a hardware box from Logitech called Revue, and built in to Dish Network set-top-boxes, all for an undetermined price. Other companies are heavily rumored to be in talks with Google over releasing their own Google TV hardware, including Samsung and LG. Google TV will also be released worldwide starting in 2011.
Google will be going head to head with Apple this fall, who announced their revamped Apple TV at a special event in San Fransisco last week. The device will cost $99, and will also bring streaming video from the Web, although it will not have access to the App Store as was expected.
Google TV will initially launch with a handful of built in apps, with the full Android Market being released sometime in 2011.