Google is working on TV project with Intel, Logitech and Sony

18 Mar 2010

Internet search giant Google is understood to have been collaborating with Intel, Logitech and Sony to create a new family of internet-enabled TV sets powered by its Android operating system.

The year 2010 will see the onset of a new generation of TV sets that will feature apps and urge on a new era of net TV where the YouTube experience and social networking and online gaming experiences of Facebook, for example, will return to the living room.

Intel’s operations in Ireland have played a role in creating the chip code-named ‘Canmore’ which Intel anticipates will do to the multi-billion entertainment industry what its Pentium and Centrino microprocessors did to the PC industry over the past 25 years.

Google’s strategy, entitled Google TV, will see the Android operating system, available on smart phones, be deployed on future TV sets.

Logitech is involved to work on peripheral devices like controllers, while Sony is engaged from the point of view of manufacturing its next generation of TVs.

The partners hope to make it easy for consumers to use web applications like Buzz and Twitter on their TVs and unleash a new generation of apps from software developers.

In January, Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung unveiled Samsung Apps, the world’s first HDTV-based application store where users can download and purchase applications from select 2010 Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray players and home theatre systems via the upgraded Internet@TV – Content Service.

In related news, it emerged yesterday that more than 25m around the world in business have switched to Google Apps.

Google’s Chrome browser has introduced a new translation service that works across 52 languages and can automatically detect and translate entire websites in less than a second.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Google is reportedly creating internet-enabled TV sets powered by its Android operating system with Sony, Intel and Logitech

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years