Google to Release Cloud Apps, Movies, TV for Use on Televisions

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-28 Print this article Print

The Google Play cloud service -- which is accessible now through Android smartphones and tablets -- will become available on Google TV devices by the end of the summer.

Google is finding more ways to take on Apple's empire -- in devices, Web services and now in the television market.

On June 27, Day 1 of the Google I/O conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, the company announced its powerful new Nexus 7 tablet PC. On June 28, the company announced in a blog post that its new Google Play cloud service -- which is now natively installed on Android smartphones and tablets -- will become available on Google TV devices by the end of the summer.

This means that Google Play applications, games, TV shows, music and movies will be playable on new Google TV devices that soon will be hitting the markets. They will be able to be channeled through the forthcoming Google Nexus Q entertainment hub, which will also be coming out later this summer.

The Q is a new globe-like, cloud-based device that streams photos, audio and video from Google€™s cloud (and Google+) into any room in a home. It is portable and accessible from any Android device. See Slides 11, 12 and 13 here for more information.

Apple, which has offered television interconnection hubs to its computers for years, also has its own branded television planned for fall availability, according to several published reports. That new TV is expected to not only feature either a high-definition, 42-inch or 55-inch LCD screen but also a Siri search interface and compatibility with third-party devices.

Google Already Has Content Lined Up

Google said June 27 that it has already partnered for content with several major movie and television producers, including Disney, ABC, CBS, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, Paramount, and a number of others.

The company also said it has more than 100,000 TV episodes and movies already available in the Google Play app.

Like Apple, Google Play also enables users to store their own music in its cloud-based service -- or on storage devices at home -- and stream it from any Android device, including the forthcoming Q. As the result of the June 28 announcement, users also will be able to access their music through the Google cloud on its own TV devices.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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