Thursday, May 20, 2010

Google Teams With Sony, Intel To Introduce Google TV

Google may have revolutionized the way we search the web but can they do the same for the way we watch TV? That is goal of a recently announced join venture with partners Logitech, Sony and Intel on the development of Google TV.

Announced at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google TV looks to combine the entire Web and all available TV content in one place, with one interface – eliminating the need to move back and forth between multiple screens.

Google TV devices will be based on the Android platform running the Google Chrome web browser. Users can access all of their usual TV channels as well as a world of Internet and cloud-based information and applications, including rich Adobe Flash based content – all from the comfort of their own living room and with the same simplicity as browsing the web. Devices will be coupled with the Intel Atom processor CE4100, Intel's latest system-on-a-chip designed specifically for consumer electronics, the new platform will offer home theater quality A/V performance.

Sony and Logitech have already committed to delivering products based on the new Intel Atom processor and running Google TV. Those new devices are slated for launch later this year.

Logitech will be building a companion box featuring a special remote control, along with a wireless keyboard for the system while Sony announced plans to introduce "Sony Internet TV," the World's first TV lineup incorporating the Google TV platform. The first models are planned to be introduced in the U.S. market in the fall of 2010 with the lineup featuring both a standalone TV model and set top box-type unit incorporating a Blu-ray Disc drive.

Additionally Google TV will be available to Dish Network customers through an optimized Google TV DVR which allows for a seamlessly experience that integrates traditional TV and web content.

Google TV devices will be sold at Best Buy locations nationwide later this year.

Read More:

Official Google Blog - Announcing Google TV: TV meets web. Web meets TV
Sony - Sony To Introduce Sony Internet TV
Intel - Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform to Bring Web to TV - Google, Sony, Intel join on Web television project - Google Introduces Google TV, New Android OS
Logitech - Logitech + Google TV

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