For all of you who think Google TV competes with ATV, here's a couple things to consider.
- ATV streams music, video and puchased items directly to your TV from you computer, It's not a stand alone system, just an accessory. It has Itunes Store built in and that's about it. It has no interface with your TV programming.
- GTV is basically the Android Phone OS scaled to a TV, with a UI Twist + a dash of traditional TV interface as well. It has the capability of integrating your existing TV programming to enhance your living room entertainment.
When you look at what each actually does, you'll see how different these two ideas are. So can we all take a break from the name calling and accusations of stealing ideas please?
now for my other thoughts...
I think what Google has come up with is very interesting. We've already seen what Android has done for the Phone industry, which is practically save the smartphone business from being totally monopolized by Apple. This is not a critique but an observation. I'm an iPhone User and loving it BTW...
Anyway, i think GTV will be very successful if they start opening it up to more manufacturers and hold to the standards they propose to the OS. My only fear is that it will be dominated by Crap Apps and will make the end user suffer by Google's "open-ness". There is something to be appreciated with Apple's closed system for apps.
Many bloggers here are right by saying it should go further and become a DVR/Cable box replacement rather than an accessory integraged OS.
As stated above, i don't think this compares at all (in strategy) with GTV. ATV is about 50% of what it should be (buy most people's ideas). If they just took the iPad OS (which it basically the iPhone/Touch OS) and combined that with the current ATV OS, you'd really have a product that is so compelling that it would explode the Market (which is basically dominated by Cable/SATV companies and TiVo). That (IMO) would put the ATV at about 90% there.
I think the major problem Apple has by doing this, is the fact that putting a web browser in the ATV would essential negate the necessity of the iTunes Store completely. Why purchase content on iTunes when you have a web browser that can go to ABC.com and watch LOST free Streaming?
So, in a way if Apple did this they would be shooting themselves in the foot. Therefore, What Google is doing now is what Apple (IMO) cannot do now, which is open the Apple TV to the web, because they would be taking money out of thier own pockets. But now, with GTV coming out, they almost are forced to do this to keep the ATV as a viable alternate accessory device for Living Room entertainment.
Now, with the advent of the iPad, this may open the door to updates for ATV. Apple seems to take it's time developing products. And when they release them, there is a huge compelling reason for consumers to purchase one. As a side note, i think the iPad might have come too soon, because it's not quite what it should be (IMO). Even though sales are going well, people will realized that they are not quite as conviented as an alternative to the netbook as everyone states. They work very well as an alternative to the Nook or Kindle, but the average Kindle/Nook User still prefurs the light weight, long battery and most importantly the eInk Screen of those devices. But that's a different blog. Back to the topic, if you look at the history of the mobile OS Apple has produced over the years, you'll see that it grew quite gradually. And i think the ATV will be then next big thing, but not for a couple more years. I think SJ's swansong before final retirement will the Apple TV in a phoenix-like resurection the next time you see it on the main page of the Apple Store website.