Google is to develop new Android-based software for televisions. Following the success of its Android OS for smart phones, the search giant has decided to bring the software platform to television, deployed via set-top boxes.
The software, which is expected to be announced later this month at the annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco, will allow users to search for media content and information over the internet.
Google is planning to familiarise developers with the Android TV platform in the hope of having applications created for it as soon as possible. The search giant is expected to offer similar Android-based applications to the ones available for smart phones.
Industry experts have speculated that Google has partnered with hardware companies like Intel, Logitech and Sony in order to develop hardware that will work with its software.
If rumours are to be believed, Sony has already partnered with chip maker Intel to develop an Atom-based set-top box loaded with Google's software (ed: I wonder why they are not using Meego instead).