The Times says Google TV will use an Intel Atom processor on the set-top box, and run the Android operating system. The technology may also be built directly into Blu-ray players and TVs from Sony. Additionally, Google is working with Logitech to built a keyboard-equipped remote control for the platform.
Google is expected to deliver a toolkit to outside programmers within the next couple of months, and products based on the software could appear as soon as this summer.
The three companies have tapped Logitech, which specializes in remote controls and computer speakers, for peripheral devices, including a remote with a tiny keyboard.
Google TV may use a version of Google’s Chrome Web browser, says Android and Me. Android and Chrome OS are expected to merge over time. The default Android browser is based off the same WebKit core. Google recently teamed up with DISH to test a new, Android-like software on the satellite provider’s set-top box.
The partners envision technology that will make it as easy for TV users to navigate Web applications, like the Twitter social network and the Picasa photo site. The move is an effort by Google and Intel to extend their dominance of computing to television, while Sony would get a competitive edge on IP-TV. Cable operators are investing heavily in video on demand (VOD) as analog spectrum is freed up on their 750 MHz systems.
The Boxee Box by D-Link uses a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 for graphics.
The Asia-Pacific IPTV market was around 9.4 million subscribers at the end of 2009, a 51 percent growth from last year’s 6.27 million subscribers, according to Frost & Sullivan.
US cable operators, like Comcast and Time-Warner Cable, which are also partners in Mobile WiMAX with Google and Intel, conceivably could extend the platform into the mobile space. But they’re likely to keep an eye on their backside.