Sony has confirmed that it is working on a range of TVs and Blu-ray-based set-top boxes based around the new Google TV platform. Due to launch this Autumn in the US, the range is designed to allow consumers to search and watch 'an expanded universe of content available from a variety of sources including TV provides, the web, their personal content libraries and mobile applications'.

Speaking at the announcement of the deal between Sony, Google and Intel, Sony head-honcho Howard Stringer claimed, 'This really is a very big deal' before going on to state that 'The combination of Sony's industry-leading product design, engineering and development expertise with the flexibility and growth potential of Google's innovative, open-source Android platform will provide consumers with a world of new and exciting internet integration across our range of assets and product categories'.

Based on the Android platform and running the Chrome web browser, Google TV tech allows users to access all of their usual TV channels plus a much wider world of internet and cloud-based applications and information with the same simplicity of as browsing the web. To ensure full compatibility with the widest range of websites and online applications, the Chrome browser used in the Google TVs features integrated Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to allow users to experience online Flash content including games, animations, videos, audio and more.

Living in Harmony
Sony isn't the only AV company making a noise about Google's TV tech, with Logitech also confirming an alliance with Google and plans to introduce 'a companion box that brings Google TV to existing HDTV home entertainment systems, easily integrating with any brand of HDTV and set-top box'. Logitech's new piece of as-yet-unnamed kit will incorporate the brand's Harmony remote control technology and is planned to come with a dedicated controller that combines traditional remote and full keyboard capabilities.

'We committed to Google TV early on because it aligns with our strategy to support open platforms that enable new immersive experiences in your digital living room' says Logitech President and CEO Gerald Quindlen. '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'.

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