What kind of hardware does it take to run an Android-powered Google TV?
Panasonic has decided to pass on Android TV’s for now because they claim it would “require processing power that adds too much to the cost of the set”. The hardware they are referring to is likely the Intel Atom chipsets that Sony has chosen for their internet-connected TVs.
Android is an open source operating system, but manufacturers still have to meet a minimum set of requirements (in order to maintain a consistent user experience) before Google will bless the device with its full suites of services.
This is a significant win for Intel because Android has been dominated by ARM-based processors since its debut. We have previously reported that Android could run on Intel’s Moorestown, but that platform probably will not ship in a significant volume this year (although I hope I’m wrong about that).
It looks like customers will still be able to access Google TV services with a non-Android TV. Dish Network is said to be testing a set top box which runs Android. Blu-ray players are also candidates for Google TV.
Rounding out the hardware partners will be Logitech, who will provide a remote accessory with a tiny keyboard. If Logitech goes all out with their remote (accelerometer, microphone, touchpad, etc.), Google TV sets could become viable gamimg consoles. Google already has the Android Market to sell apps and games so we expect it will make an appearance on the TV too.
What crazy ideas would you like to see on your Google TV service?