UpdatedGoogle's Android Makes Set-top Box Debut

Android LogoUpdated with corrections: Motorola denied that it is working on such a set-top box. Please read the following post for complete details.

Last fall, I asked the question: Where will Android go next? For while Google’s mobile-oriented, lightweight operating system has been linked with netbooks and various other devices, we thought Android would be ideal for Internet video-focused set-top boxes. Motorola apparently thought so, too, and was said to be working on an Android-based set-top box. Today, Information Week confirms that rumor. Motorola is indeed working on a device called auBox that will be used by Japanese communications giant KDDI. It will be able to play DVDs, CD and will feature a full-fledged Chrome-type browser. While it’s not clear when the device will come to market, there is some serious momentum behind Google’s Android OS. As I said earlier this year, Android could be the OS for a whole new generation of devices — the proverbial fourth screen. Update: A reader lets us know that Motorola does ship auBoxes in Japan but they use a different flavor of Linux OX and will be transitioning to Android.

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