A report today says that Samsung will have some GoogleTVs in January, I just don’t buy the Intel bit.
As HDTV’s drop in price and become commodity items, manufacturers are looking for ways to differentiate their products. One obvious way is to deliver integrated ‘SmartTV’ functionality. While there are many such platforms out there (Vizio builds their own Vizio Apps and LG has integrated Plex into their products), it appears that GoogleTV GOOG may be the most popular (and free) choice for manufacturers.
Sony SNE has already jumped on board with GoogleTV BluRay and HDTVs. Samsung is a natural fit to join Sony. Samsung already have a huge investment in Android on their phones and tablets.
Samsung is reportedly readying its own GoogleTV product for a January (CES?) announcement. Interestingly, the report stated that Samsung was “open” to using chips from Intel. I don’t buy that.
A few observations:
So I don’t think Samsung GoogleTVs will use Intel’s processors. If they do, however, I think that subsequent GoogleTV’s released later will run on Samsung’s own ARM chips. Orion with ARM’s Mali embedded GPU video embedded below: