Reports: Google’s Android Is Getting Into TVs
Sony, Intel and the search giant develop tube surfing
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.:Google, Intel and
Sony are creating a custom TV browser, so say emerging reports about the triad.
The New York
Times said this week the three are developing Google TV, an
Internet-connected television platform based on its Android operating system. As
the Times notes, several TV makers
have integrated various ’Net connectivity into their sets, but most are limited
to specific services like NetFlix or YouTube or Amazon or some combination
thereof. The Google TV system aims to be reach farther into applications like
Twitter and Google’s photo site, Picasa.
The Google platform would also reportedly be opened to software developers for
further egalitarian tweaking. The geek squad is supposed to be getting the
toolkit within the next two months. Logitech is said to be making the
peripheral devices. None of the companies confirmed the Google TV initiative,
The Wall Street Journal reported
similar leakage from the Silicon Valley giant last week, saying Google and Dish
Network were working on an Android-powered set-top box. (See “Google Tests TV Search
on Dish Network.”) The alliance builds on one Dish and Google struck up
in 2007 for an automated TV ad-buying platform.
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