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Internet TV devices: A comparison

The CES 2011 demonstrated several products and technologies for gadget geeks, book publishers, entertainment providers, computer manufacturers, smartphone manufacturers, TV manufacturers, gaming manufacturers and more. The one most common product used by billions of people around the world, the TV, is also getting an interesting transformation with the interfacing of the same with the Internet.

According to officials of Google, like Android, the Google TV will be an adventure where the TV meets the web, apps, search and the world’s creativity. Being an open software platform, the Google TV will be able to work with any TV and before long, anyone will be able to build applications for it. Like the computer and the smartphone, the TV will also have a home page and you will also be able to use your phone as a remote control, browse the web, watch TV shows and clips from the Internet on your TV set.

Let us have a small review and compare Google TV (Logitech Revue), Boxee, Roku and Apple TV. As regards resolution of Internet TV devices, the Apple TV has it as 720 in comparison to the other three as 1080. Wi-Fi networking is available on all four and also wired networking. While Google TV, Boxee and Apple TV offer full web browsing, Roku enables high speed streaming. As in the case of Apple you can get it at $40. The other interesting area for a vast population the world over is social networking. As regards video calling, while Google is making it possible using a Logitech TV camera, Boxee and Roku do not have these features and Apple is probably developing the app using FaceTime. Facebook is available on Logitech Revue, Boxee and the Apple TV. An edge that Google TV (Logitech Revue) has over all the three others is the availability of the e-mail, while Boxee, Roku and Apple do not provide it. Picture viewing is available on all four. Apple TV may be providing games shortly, and the Roku has an application available, while the Boxee and Logitech Revue Google TV have it through interesting applications further announcing that gaming could be a major factor in the Android applications and via the browser in the Logitech Revue – Google TV. Streaming content – Amazon VOD, Netflix, YouTube and music – are available on all the four products. iTunes is available on the Apple TV and the Roku while Boxee does not support it.

While individual perceptions can change, one cannot but ignore the fact that, the Logitech Revue – Google TV seems to be having big aims in this specific internet TV device market, Boxee is not very far away and Apple is quite close in competition. The Roku device, of course aims at different segments of the market.

Apple® releases first beta of iOS 4.3 and SDK to developers

There was speculation over what the iOS 4.3 and the SDK to developers will comprise. The trend was, that an advanced iOS release, so quickly after the launch, just a couple of months back, meant, bugs and old problems get fixed. Let’s face facts, codes are made by human beings and there can never be any such thing as a perfect code. The perspective with which SDK for developers is introduced by Apple is quite interesting. Apple offers an iPhone simulator on a Mac, before the developer can test his software or an application on a live phone. However, developers can develop content and applications, but they will need Apple’s nod for the installation of the same, on the iPhone.

Apple has the App Store through which developers can distribute content. Apple retains part of the revenue collected for the developers, mainly to cover costs. The beta release of iOS 4.3 comes very, very soon after the introduction of iOS 4.2, with new features like Air Play support, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, Third Party Native Apps, Web Apps etc. Many new features including “Find my friends” which is associated with Apple’s Cloud Service, MobileMe etc. are there in the iOS 4.3 Beta. The iOS 4.3 will provide for SDKs for development on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the Apple TV.

With this introduction you can now stream video to the Apple TV using Air Play, HTTP Live Streaming Statistics, iAd Full Screen Banners, New Multitouch Gestures for the iPad, muting or locking of orientation using the side switch selectable by the user etc. The developers of new apps of the 4.3 version of iOS have caught the attention of quite a few. Introduction of Personal Hotspot, a feature where your iPhone becomes a Wi-Fi router for up to five devices, is a feature which a carrier can enable or disable. The Air Play video support will definitely open a Pandora’s Box on a variety of features imaginable. Just imagine being able to stream a video from your iPhone and watching it on a 55 inch LCD panel.

However, information is still not available on how iOS 4.3, is going to support the iPhone or the iPod Touch or earlier models. As of now, no builds for these devices seem to have been made available to developers. However, knowing Apple, by the time iOS 4.3 is officially shipped, these changes could well see the light of day. The new gestures feature, is expected to support four and five finger gestures. Like swiping up will show the app switching tray, swiping left / right may switch apps. Sounds absolutely out of this world! Tweets announce that the iPhone 4.3 may be the last firmware update for iPhone.

Apple® releases new iOS beta version to developers

Over the last few days, there has been speculation over what the iOS 4.3 and the SDK to developers will comprise. The trend was, that an advanced iOS release, so quickly after the launch, just a couple of months back, meant, bugs and old problems get fixed, making way for newer bugs and newer problems. Let’s face facts, codes are made by human beings and there can never be any such thing as a perfect code. The perspective with which SDK for developers is introduced by Apple is quite interesting. Apple offers an iPhone simulator on a Mac, before the developer can test his software or an application on a live phone. However, developers can develop content and applications, but they will need Apple’s nod for the installation of the same on the iPhone.

Apple has an “App Store” through whom developers can distribute content. Apple retains part of the revenue collected for the developers, mainly to cover costs. The beta release of iOS 4.3 comesvery soon after the introduction of iOS 4.2, with new features like Air Play support, Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, Third Party Native Apps, Web Apps etc. Many new features including “Find my friends”, which is associated with Apple’s Cloud Service, MobileMe etc. are on the anvil in the iOS 4.3 Beta. The iOS 4.3 will provide for SDKs for development on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the Apple TV.

With this introduction you can now stream video to the Apple TV using Air Play, HTTP Live Streaming Statistics, iAd Full Screen Banners, New Multi-touch Gestures for the iPad, muting or locking of orientation using the side switch selectable by the user etc. The developers of new apps of the 4.3 version of iOS have caught the attention of quite a few. Introduction of Personal Hotspot, a feature where your iPhone becomes a Wi-Fi router for up to five devices, is a feature which a carrier can enable or disable. The Air Play video support will definitely open a Pandora’s Box on a variety of features imaginable. Just imagine being able to stream a video from your iPhone and watching it on a 55 inch LCD panel.

However, information is still not available on how iOS 4.3, is going to support the iPhone or the iPod Touch or earlier models. As of now, no builds for these devices seem to have been made available to developers. However, knowing Apple, by the time iOS 4.3 is officiallyshipped, these changes could well see the light of day. The new gestures feature, is expected to support four and five finger gestures. Like swiping up will show the app switching tray, swiping left/right may switch apps. Sounds absolutely out of this world! Tweets announce that the iOS 4.3 may be the last firmware update for iPhone 3G.

Apple® to make navigation changes in next iPhone and iPad

Apple’s recent addition of Multitouch gestures for the iPad in its latest iOS 4.3 beta is because the iPad will soon be losing the Home button. So now users will be using the multitouch user interface to navigate to the home screen or to sift through other apps. The next iPhone too like the iPad will be launched without the home button. These changes will be seen by us in the next generation of iPads and iPhones this year.

The next generation iPad is rumored to feature a high resolution Retina display with a dual core graphics chip. The iPad would utilize the high resolution screen and a more powerful GPU to play 1080p HD video. The new graphics chip powering the iPad 2 is rumored to possess four times the processing power of the current chips in use. Giving company to the powerful graphics chip is a multiple-core ARM Cortex A9 processor. It is rumored that these high definition display and super powered processing chips will also be bundled with the next generation of iPhone, iPod touch, and apple TV. The iPad 2 is also being said to feature dual cameras, one on the backside with a flash and the other for FaceTime with a slimmer profile and more powerful speakers.

The next generation iPhone is said to feature a multi core apple A5 processor coming bundled with a dual core graphics chip (GPU), which would provide support for graphic intensive apps like gaming. It will provide users a true HD experience in their hands.

It is being rumored that iPhone 5 will also feature support for Near Field Communications. NFC is a new thing which has many possibilities; the most obvious would be using it in place of a credit card for making payments. iPhone currently features a superb 640 x 960 Retina screen display which gave the iPhone an extremely high resolution display. The pixel density is so high on it that a user would be unable to see individual pixels. So a screen or resolution revamp seems unlikely.

Also rumors are doing the circles that Apples featured Photo taking application, Photo Booth will be introduced in the next generation iPad. There are also possibilities of for iLife apps for iOS to be showcased soon.

The next generation iPad and iPhone are rumored to be launched in mid 2011. They are coming fully loaded with the above features and also those which are being carried forward from previous versions. The new iPad will completely redefine computing and will distort boundaries between a solid computing device and a tablet. The iPhone 5 will on the other hand give you an experience of HD visuals high speed processing and a unique multitasking experience, giving in your hand the power of a computing device.

Google TV: Review and Features

The search giant, Google has a habit of coming up with new technologies. Google TV is the latest product from the house of Google. Google TV is all set to give competition to Apple TV. Let us take a complete tour of Google TV.

Below are the features of Google TV:

  • Search your television

Now, you can search whatever you want to watch using the Google TV. Just type in whatever you want to watch and Google will get you that. With the help of Google TV, you can flawlessly search the content on the web while watching TV and can access the content just by performing a single click. Also you can easily switch between TV and the web without changing the input mode of your television.

  • The web is now a channel

The search giant Google has loaded the Google TV with a number of features like Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. With these, you can access anything on web, watch your favorite videos, view photos, play games, chat with friends etc.

  • A new world of apps for your TV

When it comes to any Google product, support and applications for that product is unlimited. Google TV comes pre-loaded with applications like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and Gallery. Also in near future, applications from the Google Market will work on Google TV.

  • Your phone = remote control

With the Google TV at your place, you can use your Android based mobile phone or your iPhone or multiple iPhones or Android based phones as a remote for Google TV. Apart from this, you can also use your voice to search the Google TV.

  • Fling a video to your television

With Google TV, you can share anything from a website to whatever you are watching or listening to on your phone to your Google TV by just pressing a button.

  • Watch it now

Now with Google TV, you can access over 40,000 shows and movies by subscribing Netflix just for 8.99 or Amazon Video On Demand (shows start at 99 cents!).

  • YouTube perfected for TV

With Google TV you can watch enormous videos on YouTube. Just imagine watching a video related to your favorite content on a 40 inch TV in HD. Apart from this, you can even create new channels on the fly.

  • Watch and browse, simultaneously

Now, with Google TV, you can watch your favorite TV show or your favorite movie and can browse web simultaneously with the great Picture in Picture technology.

  • TV gets a homepage

Always wanted to get your favorite site as your homepage? Now, you can enjoy this facility in your TV as well. You can select your favorite website as your homepage. Sop that whenever you switch on you television, you can get directly go to your favorite TV shows.

  • Find your favorite episode

With Google TV, you can find and watch your favorite TV shows quickly. Google TV has a special page that lets you quickly find and watch any episode no matter whether it is on TV or the web.

  • Create a TV playlist

Got an important work to do and cannot watch your favorite TV show? Now, there is no need to worry. Just send your favorite TV show to Google Queue and you can watch it later. Also you can subscribe to your favorite websites and video podcasts and can add YouTube videos.

  • Record from the search bar

Now enjoy many enhanced TV and DVR features by combining Google TV with your DISH. You can record a show right from the search bar and can search all of your recordings at once.

  • Rock out in your living room

With Google TV you can listen to your favorite music on your home theatre system by creating a personal radio station on the fly with Pandora or listening to any song, any time, with Napster.

  • The ultimate picture frame

With the help of Google TV, you can watch your favorite images on your LCD or LED TVs. You can stream photos from Picasa, Flickr etc on to your TV.

  • Over-the-air updates

With Google TV there is no need to worry about the latest updates. Google TV updates itself automatically, So that means, you will get the latest features and updates for free and that too without any hassle.

Google TV and Apple TV Faceoff in Fall

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, at the Berlin IFA show, confirmed the company’s plans to launch its new product Google TV in fall this year. He further added the product will be launched internationally in 2011. He said the company will be communicating with content providers to get some entertainment on the device. Though he dismissed any plans of Google getting into content production. Google is working in collaboration with companies like Sony, Logitech and Intel for hardware support in this project.

Google announced its plans to launch a TV based service at Google I/O conference on 20th may 2010 this year. And hoped to combine the TV viewing with web content browsing in a way not done till date. In September Apple CEO Steve Jobs also announced it will launch second generation Apple TV in fall of 2010.

Let us explore some of the features the two products have on offer:

Google TV

Google TV will be working on Android OS for the set top box. Intel Atom based CE4100 consumer electronics system-on-chip (SoC) has been powers all the devices. Google is planning to provide set-top box built by Logitech, TV enabledBlu-ray player from Sony, and a Sony HDTV with built-in Google services. Google TV supports a video output 1080p. It has a built-in chrome browser and Adobe Flash 10.1 plug-in. This will ensure browsing on the Internet just like a PC. Also ThinkFree Office viewer software is provided. Google will create an open source platform to enable developers or third-party providers to create applications for Google TV. Google also plans to upgrade the android OS as it wants to enable developers to create web applications for the device. Some companies like Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand have already created applications for Google TV. Google TV will enable users to search topics on the web, TV programs being broadcasted, and also view You Tube videos. It will have a home page where you could bookmark your favourite videos, photo albums channels or shows.

Apple TV 2nd generation

It will be available for a price of $99. It is quarter size smaller, has no built-in storage and has a full black color. Apple set top box fully integrates with Netflix which will enable live streaming. This means the video or content will not be downloaded on your device but will be streamed directly. It sports HDMI, optical audio, Ethernet and power ports. Also a diagnostic USB port is provided. It has maximum video output of 720p rather than 1080p which is shortcoming. Apple TV will also support “AirPlay” technology which will enable you to synchronize all your Apple devices with Apple TV. You can start a video on your apple iPad pause it and continue watching it on apple TV. Both the products have something different to offer and have unique features. The proper review will only be possible when the products release and get on consumers shelves.

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