While Google TV looks very promising from a usability perspective, high prices and clunky controllers may not appeal to a wide audience. The on-screen keyboards for devices like the Roku may not be great, but they do work with very simple remotes. And while search is a big part of Google TV’s design, it may have been wiser to include a simple remote and offer keyboard options for those that need or want it. With the streaming set-top box market competition already putting downward pressure on prices, these expensive options could hamper early adoption.
Posted: October 8, 2010