Logitech reveals details of its companion box for Google TV; to include apps for Android and iPhone OS

May 21, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

 

Logitech has officially revealed the functions and details of its companion box for Google TV at the Google I/O conference. Google TV, the new system developed by Google, was launched earlier at the same event.

The companion box from Logitech has not been named yet but it features many of the functions of the Harmony 900 remote created by Logitech. The functions will be extended to phones as well, by creating apps for iPhone and Android OS.

These apps will allow the user to control not only Google TV, but also other devices such as gaming consoles, Blu-Ray players and DVRs. Logitech’s video chat service called Vid would also be available with the box, running at a resolution of 720p.

The companion box can also be controlled by keyboards using RF signals and trackpads which will be available at the time of the device’s launch. It also has two USB ports that allow for dongles to be connected to the device along with two HDMI 1.3 ports. The HDMI out or the S/PDIF out on the box can be used for transferring Dolby 5.1 surround sound. A LAN jack is also present in the rear of the gadget with two IR headers as well. Intel’s Atom C4100 processor will power the device that includes 4 GB of RAM and 802.11n WiFi.

Logitech has not revealed the shipping date of the product, although it should be available with Google TV, when the latter releases in the fall.

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