Google In TV: The Good and Bad
What is Google TV? Google TV is a web enabled television that features the Google Android operating system and the Chrome web browser. The browser is fitted with the latest flash player from Adobe (v.10.1). Once the TV is connected to a broadband connection wirelessly (it features built-in Wi-Fi), it is ready to explore the Internet.
Everything you could do online from a computer can now be done from the television. Using the remote control, enter a search query or type in a web address into the browser and view the website. You can stream videos, play games, chat, view photos, and catch up on news.
The interface is user friendly, with a home screen that features your favorite channels, websites, and apps. You can create bookmarks to easily navigate to frequently visited sites and create playlists for online video content.
The main problem with Google TV is that, depending on the size of the TV, the text of most websites may not be displayed on the screen well enough to be read. If you sit really close to the TV, this may not be a problem, but for those that sit at the recommended viewing distance, it may be difficult to read website content. Another downside is that the controller may be a bit cumbersome for navigating the web, especially when compared with the ease of using a mouse and keyboard.