Google is working with Intel, Sony and other partners to develop Google TV, a service aimed at putting the search giant's web offerings in people's living rooms, according to a New York Times report, citing unnamed sources.
Google TV will combine the company's Android mobile OS and applications with TVs made for the OS, including set-top boxes, the paper says. The companies working on the project, which also reportedly include Logitech, "envision technology that will make it easy for TV users to navigate web applications, like the Twitter social network and the Picasa photo site, as it is to change the channel," the New York Times says.
The TV technology will run on Intel's Atom chips, the report says, and Google will develop a new version of its Chrome browser for the TV project.
Google has so far refused to comment but in a similar report, the Wall Street Journal reported some of the same information.
The use of Android for TV could put applications and other software developed for the OS on TVs in addition to smartphones, the devices the OS was designed for.
Google will open the TV platform to Android developers as part of the initiative, with a software developer's kit, the New York Times reports.
Several companies have already started using Android in devices made for TVs, including set-top boxes and 2D/3D graphics accelerators, designed around MIPS Technologies' chip architecture. MIPS and its partners have done the development work on Android to tweak it for use in such devices.
Android was designed to work with Arm processing cores, the most popular cores in smartphones, but some companies have ported Android to other chip processing architectures, including MIPS and Intel's x86 processing architecture.