Bad Reviews Delay Latest Google TV Debut

Search giant must improve inter-company relations: analysts
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2010 9:55 AM CST
Bad Reviews Delay Latest Google TV Debut
Google CEO Eric Schmidt listens during a Google TV announcement, Thursday, May 20, 2010, at the Google conference in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Google has delayed the grand unveiling of its new TV software, after a spate of less-than-stellar early reviews. Toshiba, LG Electronics, and Sharp were all planning to debut their versions of Google TV at the Consumer Electronics Show next month, but Google surprised them by asking them to hold off while it tinkers with the software, the New York Times reports. Samsung will now likely be the only company showing off a Google set at the show.

Some 19% of shoppers gave the Logitech Revue box a single star on—"The concept of Google TV is very neat and I’m excited to see where it goes, but the only place my Logitech Revue is going is back to Best Buy," one wrote. Part of the problem is that Google doesn’t play well with others, analysts say. It’s “not a particularly partner-friendly or partner-focused company.” Others complain that the software is too complicated, that it requires viewers to hold a keyboard and mouse, and that windows can overlap annoyingly.
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