Maybe Next YearApple TV
is a clever device, but it's far from versatile. However, rumors abound of a full-fledged, actual Apple television next year. Meanwhile, Google TV
has tried to reinvent smart TV and failed. Will it be on more sets in 2012, and can it gain any relevancy? TVs now have more apps on them for Netflix streaming and the like, but we still haven't seen an intelligent way to browse and synthesize broadcast and streaming content into one seamless experience. The Xbox 360's new Bing-powered search interface
for finding video is an idea we'd like to see grow across more platforms, but it's still too embryonic and half-baked to really feel like the future of TV. With cable provider support and more video apps in 2012, maybe the Xbox 360 will vie for the "smart TV" crown as well.
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