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Google To Partner With Intel On Web TV Project

Google might be looking to partner with Intel and Sony for a menage a trois to launch a WebTV venture during Google's developer conference, I/O 2010 which will happen from the 19th to the 20th of May in San Francisco.

The Financial Times reports that the platform, to be coined "Smart TV", will use Intel's Atom platform and combine with Google's Android OS rather than Microsoft's Windows CE or other obscure embedded software platform.

Intel's CCEO told analysts last week that the revolution they'd about to go through would be the "biggest single change in television since it went colour".

This obviously clashes with similar claims from Avatar producer James Cameron who supports the fact that 3D is greatest revolution since colour (opens in new tab).

It will surely worry both long time partners of Google and Intel that the two companies have decided to team up to build set top boxes; Google is giving up on its usual mate, ARM, which is used in the majority of STBs.

Whether this will encourage Microsoft to bed ARM and launch its own range of STB remains to be seen. Intel might be looking forward to use its Moorestown platform and the just announced Z600 processor.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.