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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Google TV in autumn, Chrome tablets coming, CEO says

The TV platform that Google is developing with Sony, Intel and Logitech will debut in the U.S. this autumn, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt told reporters at a Berlin trade fair.

Schmidt also said Google will be announcing deals with computers makers to use the company’s Chrome operating system on tablet computers, according to a Reuters report.

A number of tablets have already appeared with Google’s Android operating system, which was designed primarily for phones, but the Chrome OS has been mostly vaporware so far.

It’s a little confusing because Chrome is also the name of Google’s browser.

Samsung is mulling whether to add Google software in its TVs, according to a Bloomberg report from Seoul. Samsung is already selling TV sets with similar capabilities, including an application platform for developers.

Google is having a press event Wednesday in San Francisco but it sounds like an update to Google search technology and not the Chrome tablet announcement Schmidt previewed.

The Reuters report said Schmidt declined to comment on the music service Google’s expected to announce soon. He did say he was “angry” that Google Street View camera vehicles collected private data from WiFi networks, prompting action by German regulators.

“I was very angry about that,” Reuters quoted Schmidt as saying.

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