Google is deeply entrenched in the Web, and it has its claws in the mobile device market, but are you ready to see it on your TV?
According to The New York Times, Google is teaming up with Intel and Sony to come out with a new product called Google TV. Â Planned as either a set top box, or as software and parts built into certain TV sets, Google TV will be an open source platform that uses a version of the Google Android mobile operating system platform and the Â Google Chrome browser to allow users to browse various Internet applications directly from their televisions.
While some services such as this already exist, they have been limited in what Web services they deliver; the new Google TV platform will be open to any developer that wishes to work on it which means it would be like an application store for mobile devices. Â You could see things such as YouTube or Hulu being delivered to your television, as well as being able to check your Twitter stream and Facebook wall with just a few clicks directly from your couch without needing a laptop or tablet computer.
Logitech has also been tapped to develop a remote control with aÂ miniatureÂ keyboard that will allow users to type out messages without clicking some form of online screen.
There is no word when we might see this hitting the market place, but sources familiar with the situation say that the project has been under development for several months now, and this appears to be a high priority project for all the parties involved. Â If I was a betting man, I would say this holiday season might see the first releases, and at the latest I would say the technology will debut to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show in Jan. 2011.