The launch isn't universal and will leave out companies like Panasonic, but it helps explain Google chairman Eric Schmidt's beliefs that most TVs would use Google TV by mid-year. Although doubtful that most TVs will use the platform given that the OS may skew towards higher-end sets, it could make Google TV difficult to avoid for those buying within a certain price range.
Will Google TV be genuinely useful this time around? I've spent extensive time with the Logitech Revue and liked it well enough for browsing the internet on a TV, but there's no way it was practical enough for normal users.
How is this going to work? An Android App Marketplace for Google TV is a step in the right direction. Will it integrate cablecard support into TVs and have TV tuning capability? The existing box's ability to integrate with DISH Network set top boxes was pretty effective, but really, Google needs something more if it's going to really change television.
I wonder how this will compare to whatever successors to Apple TV are being working on.