Sony, Google and Intel could announce new line of living room entertainment devices next month.
Back in March, the New York Times reported that Google, Sony and Intel would team up to develop a new platform called Google TV. Citing people familiar with the matter, NYT said the collaboration would result in a new generation of web connected televisions and settop boxes that would make it easy for people to access the likes of Twitter and Picasa from their living rooms.
Bloomberg today reports that Sony will next month announce a new line of home-entertainment devices that use Intel chips and Google software. Citing two people familiar with the matter (people familiar with the matter know everything these days), Bloomberg's Ian King, Tim Culpan and Cliff Edwards write that the three companies plan to discuss the new products at a conference sponsored by Google in San Francisco on May 19 and May 20.
While the finer details have yet to be worked out, Intel is said to be supplying a customized version of its Atom processor, while Google is providing a brand spanking new version of Android calling Dragonpoint. Logitech will provide a keyboard-remote control combo.
The joint business venture is supposed to help Sony get a leg up on the competition while allowing Intel to spread it's chips around and enter markets other than that of the personal computer.
Google, Intel and Sony declined to comment on Bloomberg's report.