Last week, I blogged about the au Box, an Internet-video friendly über set-top box developed by Motorola . My blog post was based on a story in Information Week. The publication reported that the multi-featured set-top box that can play back DVDs and CDs would use Google’s Android OS. I had heard something similar in October 2008 as well. A Motorola spokeswoman got in touch with me and categorically denied that Motorola was building an Android-based set-top box. She pointed out that the au Box, which currently is shipping to Japanese carrier KDDI, uses Motorola’s KreaTV platform that is based on a flavor of Linux different from Android. The au Box allows mobile customers to transfer content between their home entertainment systems and their mobile devices.
When I asked about Motorola’s Andorid-based set-top boxes, she said: “We have no plans for an Android-based set top box.” Just to make sure, I emailed and asked her if she meant that the original Information Week story was incorrect and that at this time Motorola isn’t working on an Android-based set-top box, either for KDDI or for others. Her response: “correct.”