Berlin – Google (NASD: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt on Tuesday provided a live
demonstration of the company’s forthcoming Google TV service, which is expected
to launch in the U.S. this fall.
The software, initially to be included on TVs,
Blu-ray players and set-tops from Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Logitech, offers a single search
field to find programming across live TV, premium pay-TV channels,
video-on-demand, recorded shows and video available online.
Google is working with its device partners on software for the packaged remote
controls, which are expected to include a full QWERTY keyboard, pointer and
buttons to control TV functions like volume.
Android-powered smartphones, as
well as Apple’s iPhone, will also be able to function as remote controls for
Google TV — including the ability to set voice commands.
The Google TV platform is expected to add support for apps from the Android Market in early 2011.