The New York Times is reporting that Google and Intel have teamed up with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV. The new technology is based on Google’s Android operating system with Intel’s Atom chips powering the hardware. Google has built a prototype set-top box, but the service could eventually be integrated directly into TVs and Blu-ray players.
Logitech has been tapped to provide a remote with a tiny keyboard (picture the Boxee remote on steroids).
The project has been underway for several months, but details are limited because all testers are under a NDA with Google. We believe Google TV could also be the platform behind the recent Dish Network service that featured Google search.
A source with knowledge of the secret project said that Google TV would use a version of Google’s Chrome Web browser. The default Android browser is based off the same WebKit core, but this is the first time we have heard of Chrome running on Android. We were previously told that Android and Chrome OS would merge over time, so I can’t say this is a huge surprise.
Like Android, the Google TV software will be open source at its core so device and TV makers should be able to customize it. This means those MOTOBLUR TV rumors could actually turn out to be true.
What do you guys think? Are you ready to turn control of your TV over to Google? Which current Android apps would you like to access on a big screen?