Last month Google announced the newest product to their arsenal, Google TV. Google plans to introduce a box accompanying the TV which intends to make the TV "smarter" by letting you search for content, allowing you to Google TVbrowse the web, view photo albums and more, as Google's video introduction shows (see link below). Google TV, as Techcrunch writes, "It will work as a new box - you'll just hook up your existing cable or satellite box to it. All the hardware will include a keyboard and a mouse - but it will work with Android phones too. And you can use multiple Android devices to control the same TV - no more fighting over the remote."
Techcrunch continues, "Google TV is built on Android (2.1 right now, but they'll upgrade it later). It runs Google Chrome for the browser. And yes, it has Flash (10.1)." Some partners of Google on this, like Sony, will also release TVs with Google TV built in, Techcrunch reports. Techcrunch suspects Google may be going for "advertising to the 4 billion TV users worldwide."
Partner Logitech, on their details page, adds that their companion box will be coming "later this fall", and that "All you need is a broadband Internet connection and a TV with an HDMI input. To take full advantage of the content search, you'll need a satellite or cable box with an HDMI output as well. And, for now, you'll need to reside in the United States."
Rich, smart, optimized and easy? Search for anything then play it on your TV? That sounds awfully fun!