Sony has been struggling with declining TV sales over the last few months. Now sources have indicated the Japanese company will be stepping up their game by releasing TVs with Intel chips and running Google software. The trio of companies may be unveiling the new devices at a conference on May 19-20. Could this be the real product behind the Google TV rumors last month?
All three companies have something to gain from such an arrangement. If the product is successful, they may be able to win back market share lost to Samsung and LG in recent years. Google would love to be able to deliver their services to a new generation of connected TVs and Blu-ray players. Certainly Intel has the lion's share of the PC market, but owning a new one is never a bad thing. There are also rumors that Logitech is working on a wireless keyboard/remote system.
TV manufacturers are working to integrate services with connected units, and this partnership could be a big step in that direction. No word on exactly what Google software these sets would be running, but some specialized build of Android seems like a possibility. Would you interested in this product?
Many TVs with the new Intel Media Processor CE 3100, a SoC specifically designed for consumer electronics, will be showcased during the upcoming CES 2009. Intel had unveiled its new SoCs triggered at consumer electronics during the Intel Developer Forum earlier this year.
Yahoo doesn’t want the technology to be restricted to high-end TVs alone. Yahoo’s Patrick Berry, VP of its Connected TV Initiative, told Cnet that he expects internet-enabled consumer electronics devices to become commonplace by 2010.
As previous attempts at providing a rich internet experience through TV sets failed due to unpalatable intricacy of those ill-fated technologies, the two companies have tried to make the Widgets Channel as simple as possible.