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Google TV struggles; regenerates as Android TV?
Google had nothing but good intentions when it announced Google TV back in October 2010. With Intel, Sony, and Logitech on board, it had the support of giants working together to bring cheap and interactive Internet-connected television to the wider market.
Three years later, all signs point to a massive rebrand that may play into the consumer market, relaunching as Android TV.
The first major signs of trouble, aside from poor uptake and slow development, arrived in the form of Chromecast, a small USB device that allowed users to stream content from multiple devices to their televisions. It seemed for a while like the younger sibling was trying to outshine the bigger brother. Even though the product was solid and many who used it loved it, Google TV just couldn't take off. It may see its revival in Android TV, however. If that's the case, we can technically bid "adieu" to Google TV for good.
Twitter Music couldn't find its voice
People go to Twitter to share random inane thoughts, share news, and even topple dictators. And beyond that, pictures and video and other content can be shared. But not so much music, the microblogging company soon found out, as its music discovery service failed to take off after about six months of public availability.
Weeks after sister site CNET first discovered Twitter Music, its doors were flung open to the general public. Anger brewed initially as the service was only available to the social network's elite. But soon after, things began to unravel. Twitter Music founder Kevin Thau left the company, which sent the first smoke signal that the product might have been in trouble. Over time, it still couldn't drum up a significant amount of user interest, with users instead heading to Spotify, YouTube, and iTunes.
Six months later, Twitter reportedly remains on the fence about taking its music service "round the back of the sheds," if you catch my drift. While the service was designed to generate additional revenue off the back of its still-developing advertising program, the company may have better luck in its television-focused efforts.
Ubuntu Edge began life as a concept... and stayed a concept
It was certainly a nice idea, and a well-thought out way to drum up cash to support its development. But getting the Ubuntu Edge smartphone into development failed before the device itself even had a chance to succeed or fail in its own right.
The idea was simple: it would serve as a phone in the hand, and a PC when docked with a monitor. The Linux-powered part-smartphone part-desktop could have significantly shaken up the smartphone market had the crowdsourcing effort worked. Bloomberg backed the idea and funded $80,000 into the pot to receive 100 devices and other benefits. Drumming up $2 million in the first eight hours, a massive drop-off in investor support saw the fund grow to just $13 million by the end. The target was $32 million.
Even though the highly anticipated device wasn't able to reache the market, Mark Shuttleworth, chief executive of Ubuntu's parent company Canonical, claimed his vision lives on in the form of the iPhone 5s. He said the Edge smartphone "may have accelerated the idea of convergence," but the latest Apple's smartphone is powerful enough to be "desktop class."