Google and Sony are teaming up for an Australian GoogleTV release but it isn’t what we in the US know as Google TV. As the article notes…
Unfortunately, this smells of the 1996 WebTV. (Not sure how many here are old enough to actually remember WebTV). Long story short, WebTV died a slow, agonizing death. Yes, it was a first exposure to online services to the less-than-tech-adept crowd but it was never a very good product and spiraled down as Microsoft got involved.
I’m just not sure the world is ready for another attempt. The original US GoogleTV was poorly designed and implemented. I don’t know why Australia is the target for this venture with the changed GoogleTV focus. My money is on yet another languishing failure. Google has made advances in many areas but their project sense seems to be so misdirected at times.
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