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Google TV voice and swipe commands via Able Remote

Google TV has introduced voice commands and swipe gestures to a new Able Remote app that allows users to convert their Android smartphones and tablets into remote controls. Viewers can use voice commands and swipe gestures to change channels and bring up other apps, as well as create one-touch buttons to launch Google TV apps, […]

Majority of TVs will have Google, says Schmidt

The majority of TVs on sale in the summer of next year will have Google TV embedded, according to Google chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt told Le Web conference in France last week that “the majority of the televisions you see in stores” would have Google TV embedded by the summer of 2012. Google has had […]

Google gives YouTube a TV-like makeover

Google has launched a new design for YouTube, offering  viewers access to a range of channels and personalised recommendations as it prepares to transform itself into something more akin to a TV platform.                   Visitors to the site now see a customisable choice of channels down the […]

Samsung in ‘final stage’ talks for Google TV launch

Samsung Electronics is in final-stage talks with Google about launching a Google TV-capable TV set next year, according to reports. Yoon Boo-Keun, president of the company’s visual display division, told AFP and Dow Jones Newswires that the company was in talks to launch a Google TV device, but would not elaborate on timing. However, he […]

Connected TV market will deliver opportunities for Google TV, says Kothari

Google still believes there will be “a lot of opportunity” for its Google TV platform as the connected TV market evolves, despite the lack of success of the initial version of the platform, according to Suveer Kothari, head of international, Google TV. “A lot of people are watching connected TVs, and as the space evolves […]

Logitech pulls out of Google TV

Switzerland-based consumer electronics group Logitech is to cease manufacturing its Google TV-enabled Revue device, with CEO Guerrino de Luca describing the project as “a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature”. Logitech plans to run down its existing inventory of the Google-enabled Revue and will not release a new Google TV product. De Luca said […]

Adobe pulls back from mobile, TV to focus on HTML5

Adobe will no longer provide Flash for mobile devices and is also pulling back from browsing on TVs to concentrate on PC browsing and mobile apps. Vice-president and general manager of interactive development Danny Winokur said on a blog posting that HTML5 was now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively, and […]

Google reportedly mulling pay TV launch in Kansas City

Google is mulling the possible launch of a pilot pay TV service in Kansas City in the US, according to a report in the Wall St Journal. Kansas City is among a number of US cities in which Google plans to market test fibre-to-the-home, delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps under the Google Fiber project […]

Google releases new version of TV platform

Google has unveiled a new version of its Google TV service as well as announcing a plan to create 100 original video channels on the YouTube website. The move to launch an improved version of the Google TV platform comes after limited success for Google in its initial foray into TV. The platform, which was […]

YouTube launches UK movie rental service

YouTube has launched a movies-for-rent service in the UK following last month’s launch of a service in Canada. A US service was launched in May. The Google-owned video site is making about 1,000 titles available in the UK from major Hollywood and British studios, including new releases Hanna, Fast Five and Red Riding Hood, library […]