TV, but not as we know it
The announcements are coming thick and fast from Google I/O now. Having just unveiled Android 2.2, Google has now announced Google TV - a new technology collaboration designed to bring full Internet functionality to the TV.
We'll just give you a quick summary and the obligatory explanatory vid for now, but we'll have a more in-depth look before long.
Either through ‘Sony Internet TVs' or Logitech set-top boxes, you will be able to access the Internet on your TV via a Chrome browser. Furthermore, you'll be able to do it soon, with Google and partners announcing initial availability in autumn of this year. There's also half a chance we'll get it over here then too as Best Buy has been announced as the retail partner. Google also got Adobe on the stage.
Eric Schmidt, Google chairman and CEO said: "We are very proud to be working with this distinguished set of partners, all of whom have decades of experience in hardware, design and retail."
Howard Stringer, Sony head honcho, said: "I am delighted to announce the unique alignment of Google's rapidly growing, open source Android platform with Sony's unparalleled expertise in the field of TV design and technology. The addition of ‘Sony Internet TV' will further bolster Sony's comprehensive TV line-up and will fuse new levels of enjoyment and interactivity into the TV experience."
Gerald Quindlen, president and CEO of Logitech said: "While Google TV enables seamless discovery of all your content, Logitech enables seamless control over how you experience that content. We look forward to continued collaboration with Google and the developer community to create new Google TV experiences that have yet to be imagined."