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article imageGoogle-Enabled Plasma Televisions Coming Soon

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 8, 2008 in Technology
Google Inc. is partnering with Japan’s Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., the world’s largest electronics maker and will provide Google services such as Picasa (photos), YouTube (videos) on Internet-ready televisions via their remote controls.
This will be Google’s first major tie up with a Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer in TV-related services. Google is partnering with one of the world’s largest electronics makers, Matsushita Electrical Industrial Co.
Matsushita will manufacture Internet-enabled Plasma TVs and distribute them in the U.S. this spring. TV owners will be able to watch YouTube videos and Picasa photo albums from their remotes.
Matsushita will release the Internet-enabled Panasonic brand plasma televisions in the U.S. and if successful, other parts of the world. They are displaying this model at the current 2008 Consumer and Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Most probably it will have a wireless feature to access the Internet. It's not yet clear if it will have a Web browser to access other Google services as well as other websites.
The differences between the computer and the television seem to be diminishing, and now it is up to the market to decide if that is the type of technology it wants.
Do you prefer to have such Google services or other Web services on your TV, or do you only want to watch movies and television on a set?
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