Google TV is Announced at Google I/O

There is a lot of buzz going on at the Google I/O event today, from Android Froyo down to Google TV. The latter is an open-source (duh, it’s Google) TV experience that integrates what we’ve come to love (or hate) from Google: the web and search, Android, and big partnerships with other content providers.

First, there is search. If you search for a TV show, for example, you’ll get results that pull live TV info an web results, too. Pretty convenient for digging up info on your favorite shows, or setting up your DVR to record them. What’s great about Google TV is its Android integration. You’ll be able to use your Android handset via Wi-Fi as a remote control, and we’re hearing that voice search will work, too.

So far, major companies such as Sony, Intel and Best Buy have partnered up for the Google TV project, but initial opinions across the web and media are mixed about Google TV. It’s a first for Google, so we’re hoping it gets the service right when it launches and goes live. It seems to be a step in the right direction now, and Google’s partnerships could mean big things in terms of content in the future.

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