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Google’s plans for the set-top box may now have an air date: May 19. That’s when Google’s I/O developer conference begins — and the WSJ says Google (NSDQ: GOOG) plans to use the event to announce “Google TV,” a new Android-based platform that will let developers bring web apps to the TV. Little is known about the platform so far; a report last month said Google had the ultimate goal of making it as “easy for TV users to navigate web applications … as it is to change the channel,” while an earlier report said that Google wanted to make it easy for people to search both TV content and web videos.
An announcement would be the culmination of years of speculation about what Google has in store for the TV. Rumors that Google was working on an app platform for set-top boxes have been around since at least November 2007. Google isn’t commenting.