Originally Posted by kotatsu
Probably because hacks will be the only way to get apps into the Apple TV.
Yet. Apple hasn't announced an app strategy for the Apple TV yet. And watching what happened with the original iphone, only an idiot whould assume Apple doesnt have a plan.
Google TV is going to eat Apple TV for breakfast.
Google TV will be a disaster. It will be exactly like the Windows tablet PCs - an OS not optimized for the deceive and usage it's targeted for, with a crappy user experience.
How long were Windows tablets out? Almost a decade? Bill Gates pet project? And yet they failed because MS wasn't committed enough to polish the user experience for the tablet - since it would have meant they would have to tweak their Windows brand.
I don't think Google has a brand issue. I think they have a resource and competency issue. It's obvious now Schmidt benefited greatly from being in the board from their rapid almost carbon copy of the iPhone. It's equally obvious watching Googles dazed, confused and scattershot response to the iPad that he never saw the iPad.
And I have no faith in them having any kind of a cohesive strategy for the Google TV. They haven't demonstrated the ability for independent thought yet...
If Apple hadn't been so conservative, they'd of done Apple TV properly and such hacks wouldn't be needed.
Ironically, because Apple is so conservative and deliberate in doing things properly, they will succeed. It matters not that Google TV will merely have Android apps optimized for a phone touchscreen thrown on a TV first - the experience will suck.
Apple wasn't first to music players, smart phones or tablets - yet they dominate those categories and are the clear trendsetters. They do this via a clear focus on their customers and their customers experience with their products. They don't focus on sales numbers, marketshare, partners, developers or even profit. They know who their real customers are: people like me with normal wants and desires - mainly that the damn thing do what you need it to do without having to think about the device that is helping you do what you want. Unless I want to. If I want to Geek Out with my iPhone or iPad, I can jailbreak it and do everything Android can do. I'm not locked in with the iOS any more than Android users are. The big difference is I get a polished and well honed experience by default with the iOS. THIS is why the iOS will continue to dominate in raking in the profits. Like the MacOS, there will always be cheaper, more numerous devices. But they won't have the use or generate the revenue of the iOS ecosystem.
Cook and Jobs have both made statements that if you take care of the important things, profits will follow. Their cash horde and market cap bare that out but look how even today companies are loath to drop useless features that clutter up the products and negatively impact the user experience.
No, until Google demonstrates
a new found philosophy in customer focus (and no Google, your customers aren't advertisers or programmers) to assume Google TV will be successful just because it shipped first or is backed by Google is plain silly.