Panasonic Nixes Android Addition
OSAKA, JAPAN: Panasonic is not into Android, or rather Android
won’t be getting into Panasonic any time soon, according to Bloomberg. Reports emerged last month
that Google was working with Intel and Sony to create a custom TV Internet
browser based on its Android operating system. The so-called “Google TV”
initiative has yet to be confirmed by the players, though subsequent reports
have Panasonic and Samsung turning it down.
TV makers have been up to their eyeballs in alligators trying to featurize and
differentiate their sets now that more than half of American households have an
HDTV. 3DTVs are hitting the market slowly, but public demand is perceived as
tending toward TVs with integrated Web-surfing capabilities. Incorporating
Google’s Android would be a direct route, though the Bloomberg
item quotes Panasonic Consumer
Electronics chief Bob Perry saying that Android would make TVs too expensive.
The necessary processing power would add to the cost of the sets, he said.
Panasonic is meanwhile bending into 3DTV with enabled home theater systems. Its
new VT 20 50-inch plasma 3DTV system debuted last month at $2,500. The “3D”
part of the package adds around $500, Perry told the San
Francisco Chronicle. An extra pair of shutter glasses is another $150. The TVs were bundled with 3D Blu-ray
players at a cost of around $2,900 at select Best Buy stores. UberGizmo
said they sold out within a week.
March 19, 2010: “Google’s Android Is
Getting Into TVs”
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.
March 3, 2010
"3DTVs Hit the Market”
3DTV sets are hitting the U.S. market. Samsung started taking preorders last
month at Amazon.com. Panasonics are set to go on sale at Best Buy big
boxes March 10.