Apple TV vs. Google TV: Rumors of an Upcoming Throwdown

Long gone are the days of adjusting the TV antenna to get the best reception for your whopping 13 channels.  It’s hard to believe that such activities were a mere 20 years ago, especially considering where television is about to take us.  There’s a throwdown a-brewin’ in the television industry between Apple and Google, two of the world’s leading tech giants, and rumors are flying.

Let’s start with the much talked about Apple TV, said to be coming out sometime in late 2012 or early 2013.  Apple made a previous crack at TV previously ago with limited success, but this new vision of the Apple TV is said to be built right into the next generation iMac computers initially, possibly with a full-fledged television set soon after.  Steve Jobs made it clear in his interviews with biographer Walter Isaacson that he was eager to conquer the television world to create an integrated TV that would sync seamlessly with all Apple devices and iCloud, creating “the simplest user interface you could imagine.”  According to rumor, Siri will be part of the Apple TV, allowing for the ultimate in sloth.  Soon, you can simply bark commands at your television set, literally allowing you to avoid lifting a finger.

However, other companies aren’t content to sit back and watch Apple revolutionize yet another market.  Google Chairman Eric Schmidt stated this last week, “By the summer of 2012, the majority of televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded in it.”  Not only that, he made the bold statement that developers will favor Android over iOS within six months time.

Oh yeah, that just happened.

Google does seem to have an easily accessible platform, requiring no monthly fee for the service and allowing you to use your current cable or satellite TV service and home Internet connection.  It is rumored that a full-blown Apple Smart TV would carry a “healthy premium” over other televisions when it comes to cost, possibly making it less accessible to the general public.

So as if people don’t already debate enough over their cellphones, what do you think?  Apple TV or Google TV?  Which would you prefer?  Which will be more successful?

Let the throwdown begin!

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