Jan 18 AT 11:24 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Google TV coming to a pocket near you

Last year it was revealed that ARM Holdings was in talks with Google to bring Google TV support to ARM’s chipsets. The first version of Google TV was designed to only work on Intel’s x86 chips, but a fully compatible ARM version should be available this year, according to a report by the ARM-obsessed Charbax of ARMdevices.net.

Tudor Brown, president of Arm, said last year that their latest processors are cheaper and require less power than Intel’s Atom processor. “If Google TV is to be mainstream, it must be built on a lower power system, …on lower cost technology.”

If Google TV support is coming to ARM processors, then you should expect to see someone place it on a smartphone. Any device using a CPU based on ARM’s dual-core Cortex-A9s should have enough horse power to make it work. We have seen someĀ Tegra 2-powered devices like the LG Optimus 2X that support full 1080p output, so the next generation of mobile computers should have no problems running Google TV.

Google was supposed to show off the latest version of Google TV at this year’s CES, but it was reported by the New York Times that Google asked their partners to delay the product launches so they could refine the software.

We can’t say for sure which refinements Google is working on, but it makes sense that they would want to bring the TV experience to the mobile devices that are powerful enough to deliver an enjoyable experience. Motorola recently showed us with the Atrix 4G that a single mobile device could power a laptop, desktop, and TV and I believe that is the direction Google will take Android.

How long do you think it will take before Google TV comes pre-loaded on a high-end smartphone?

Via: PCWorld

Source: ARMdevices

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  • http://www.thechromesource.com Daniel Cawrey

    I find it a stretch that Google TV would be loaded onto a phone. As it stands, the unit needs to have direct input into a cable box and into the television. How would that work on a smartphone? An Android phone would only be able to serve as a Google TV remote, albeit probably a better one than Logitech’s keyboard configuration or Sony’s quasi-playstation input controller that they have on the market.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      You might see the HDMI pass-through missing on the first devices, but there are actually mobile processors that support that feature. Given the amount of streaming content available on the internet, I’m not sure a HDMI input would really be needed.

      There would still be set-top boxes for sure, but a mobile computer could handle 90& of the same features as a dedicated box.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        You sure do SPECULATE a lot Taylor… more than the average tech blog…

        • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

          I guess that’s why people like to read my stuff. I take the sometimes boring press releases and try to paint the big picture of what they mean.

          • http://www.thechromesource.com Daniel Cawrey

            I’m also wondering how wireless operators and satellite/cable providers would be able to handle a gadget that can do all that.

  • SprintStrikesSwimmingly

    We are witnessing a Google takeover…

  • SprintStrikesSwimmingly

    It would probably be streamed through the internet!

  • http://Website sphericalpuma

    The future of phones consists of docks. The Atrix is only the beginning. Want to watch Google TV? Connect your phone to the dock that is connected to your stb and when a SMS or call comes in, the bundled Bluetooth remote/mic will allow you to type or speak back. Want a netbook? Plug your phone into the dock and boom. As long as these docks are reasonably priced this is the future.

    • http://Website Joe H

      It’s a great concept, but what happens when your phone is plugged into your TV and you get a phone call?

      Honestly, the easiest solution would be to have a blu-tooth/wi-fi phone accessory that looks something like a phone from the early 2000s right? Or maybe we are expected to have ear pieces or Bill Gates phone implants?

      Sounds sarcastic but I’m actually kind of serious…

      • http://Website Joe H

        PS… so you actually addressed that in your original comment (my bad), but I still think handling the phone call will be the biggest challenge for the Atrix. If they succeed then it’s game on…

  • http://Website FracturedGoogle

    Personally I think gTV is just another fractured OS from Google. . . Now they have gTV, Android, and Chrome OS. . . what next? How about putting them all together into one platform that can be scaled easily for any device?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      They are working on it :)

      I bet you will see all 3 platforms on a single device later this year.

    • http://timegames.net Josh White

      Google TV is basically Android + Chrome OS. So “all three” are already together.

      Also, obvious troll.

      iPeople need to feel better about themselves, so they invent flaws for the competition.

      • http://Website Gregory Poe

        Not everyone that criticizes google is a troll. If we all just take stuff google does blindly, how are we any different than the apple stereotypes?

        • qcom


          Although I don’t think this is necessarily fragmentation, no need to deem someone a troll.

          Just because we know that word doesn’t mean we need to use unnecessarily.

    • qcom

      How does this make up a fractured OS?

      Google has the following:

      - Android (phone version) [Gingebread currently] for regular cell phone handsets
      - Android (tablet version) [Honeycomb currently]
      - Chrome OS (for lightweight and fast start-up netbooks and notebooks)
      - Google TV (for televisions)

      And, with one Google account, all settings are synced quite nicely across all platforms. Why should there need to be one OS to account for all of the different platforms?

      Google’s fragmentation in my opinion, comes in part from the fact that Android device manufacturers may be given a little too much freedom.

      Why should some users still have to worry about receiving their Froyo update, when others are enjoying Gingerbread. Why do some have skins and others have virgin vanilla?

      Having more OS’s for more platforms doesn’t necessarily fragmentation.

  • http://Website Mark

    Quite simply, I just want OTA GTV. If I have to connect this cable or that cable to my TV to watch channels on my 3.7 inch phone then I’ll just toss it aside, turn on my 56 inch Sony Bravia and watch the damn station there.

  • http://Website trey

    I scream for Google TV in me Ice Cream!

  • http://Website cosmos

    I could definitely see Google TV being preloaded in a future Google experience phone. I am already looking forward to the prospect of playing full screen games/web browsing etc on my TV via my soon (hopefully) to be purchased LG Optimus 2X. This will be by HDMI and I’m sure will be possible via DLNA also (in conjunction with a LG Smart TV box or something similar if you don’t have a bang up to date TV!). So yeah, I can envisage Google TV installed on a future phone, and transmitted wirelessly to TV via DLNA! Sounds a nice set up! :)

  • http://Website Eric

    I can see it now. The next Nexus devise will have everything Google has to offer. Its going to be great and i cant wait.