Logitech takes aim squarely at Apple TV with their new Google TV external box which will be powered by the popular Android-based OS and Chrome web browser. This will allow users to add Google TV to an existing television without the need of purchasing a new one.
The futuristic-styled glossy black box will feature a 1.2-GHz Intel Atom Processor, 4 GB of internal memory, 802.11n Wi-Fi, two HDMI out ports, a pair of USB ports and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The Logitech box will work in tandem with your existing set-top box provided by your cable or satellite company and pull content in that way, allowing you to search both the internet and your DVR under a single Android -based infrastructure.
Included with the system is a remote control, but users will also be able to use their Apple iPhone or Android based smartphone to control content. The application for your phone will include an on-screen keyboard, D-pad and other necessities. From what has been demonstrated, it looks like the phone will need to have a touchscreen in order for the application to work.
Google TV promises to give users easy access to the videos they love including photos and other internet content, all accessible through a compatible Google TV or peripheral box.
The Logitech Google TV box will be available in the U.S. this fall and pricing has not yet been announced. Logitech has a small teaser micro-site which you can check out.