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Google TV first reviews unenthusiastic

The first mainstream reviews of Google’s new TV product have crticised usability and content

Matt Warman

Published 19/11/2010 | 11:53

Sony's new connected TV sets are the first to include Google TV. Photo: Bloomberg News
Sony's new connected TV sets are the first to include Google TV. Photo: Bloomberg News

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journals main technology reviewers have written largely negative reviews of Google’s attempt to merge the web and television.

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David Pogue, writing in the New York Times, said that “on the great timeline of television history, Google TV takes an enormous step in the wrong direction: toward complexity.” Walt Mossberg, on the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D, said that the “search-and-viewing process was frustrating – but this is a 1.0 product”.

The reviews will be a blow to Google’s ambitions, but both writers suggest that initial problems are a mixture of hardware, software and content, and indicate that they have not yet written off Google’s entire TV product.

“It’s all customizable, unfamiliar and mostly baffling, and you don’t get a single page of instructions”, wrote Pogue, who went on to ask “do we really want to pay hundreds of dollars to bring this sort of flakiness to our TV sets?” He left the door open, however, to improvements, saying, “It will probably take a long time, and a lot more refinement, before Google TV is attractive to anyone besides tech-heads”.

Mossberg was marginally more positive: “Google TV has its strong points. The integration of web video and regular TV, while flawed, is a smart move,” he said.

Telegraph.co.uk

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