Harry’s hopes that Google TV may be salvageable might be realized: Mobilized’s Ina Fried reports that the search company has learned from its mistakes, and will make some changes. The second incarnation of the product will be targeted as an “add-on” to TV in its traditional form, not as a replacement as some thought it was intended to be.
Of course, this whole Internet-television convergence thing is still in its infancy, and there’s a lot of work to be done before somebody gets it right. New apps are on the way, as well as more powerful hardware — with a focus on what TV won’t or can’t provide.
Google’s new software is expected in time for the holiday season, Fried reports, and older Logitech boxes and Sony TV sets would likely be able to upgrade to the new software.
Content providers were obviously not ready to provide Google with access to their content, so maybe we should blame the Mountain View, Calif. company for being somewhat lazy in not doing the necessary groundwork in order to ensure its product is successful.
With Google obviously looking to fix the chief criticisms that reviewers like Harry had of the first version of the platform, it may be just a bit early to pronounce it dead. We’ll have to wait a bit to see where it goes — although we may see some previews of the new direction at the Google I/O developer conference next week if Ina is right.
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