Google's 'Smart TV' to Include Mobile Connectivity, Apps?
Will the Linux-based Android operating system paired with Intel, Sony and Logitech input and hardware mean we'll see a viable Web-enabled "Smart TV" from Google, complete with social networking, apps store and mobile connectivity? Datamation scribe Mike Elgan thinks so, and outlines reasons why he thinks the Internet giant will be the first to create a successful TV-PC hybrid. Chatter about a "convergence" between TV and PC has been going on since the mid-1990s. Many companies have tried -- and failed. But this week, that convergence may finally happen successfully. Google is reportedly working with Sony, Logitech, and Intel to develop a new "Smart TV" platform based on Android internally code-named "Dragonpoint." It's likely that they're working with other companies as well. Google's announcement will most likely take place tomorrow morning at its Google IO Conference in San Francisco, Calif. According to the rumored plan, Sony will make Internet-connected TV sets powered by Intel Atom chips. Google will provide the operating system and system software. Logitech is working on a line of keyboards that would replace remote-control units.
Unlike previous efforts, which involved either connecting a PC to a TV, or watching TV on a PC, the Dragonpoint system would involve an appliance that is both a PC and a TV. It would look exactly like a big-screen TV, but the insides would also feature an Internet-connected computer.
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