Google will debut its TV platform in the US this fall before deploying the service around the world next year, Eric Schmidt revealed yesterday.
The search-firm’s boss said it is working with content providers to populate Google TV with video and other entertainment content during a keynote speech at the IFA technology trade fair.
Users will also be able to access online content through a search bar projected on the top of television screens that can be used to search the web and live TV listings, WSJ.com said.
The company plans to incorporate support for Flash, Android apps that don't use phone features, and speech-recognition control.
Under the plan first announced in May, Google TV will be incorporated into Sony televisions, or can be added to existing televisions through the Buddy Box set-top box.
Samsung yesterday revealed it was considering using Google's Android OS to build web-TV devices but is also working on an OS that can be used for both phones and TVs.
A demonstration of Google TV showed the difference in approach between Google and Apple, with its more bare-bones Apple TV service, PC World said.