MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. ( TheStreet) -- Google ( GOOG), Intel ( INTC) and Sony ( SNE) have developed a platform called Google TV to bring the Internet into the living room, the New York Times reports.

The companies are working on technology that will make it as easy for TV users to navigate Web applications, like Twitter, as it is to change the channel, according ot the newspaper.

Some current televisions and set-top boxes offer access to Web content, but the choice of sites is limited. Google intends to open its TV platform, based on its Android operating system for smartphones, to software developers. The company, the Times notes, hopes the move will spur the same outpouring of creativity that consumers have seen in applications for cellphones.

For Google and Intel, the move is an effort to extend their computing dominance to television. For Sony, the partnership is an effort to get a leg up on competitors, the Times reports.

Google is expected to deliver a toolkit to outside programmers within the next couple of months. Products based on the software could appear as soon as this summer, the Times says.

Logitech ( LOGI) has been tapped to make peripheral devices, including a remote with a tiny keyboard, the Times reports.

The project has been under way for several months, say people with knowledge of the partnership, the newspaper reports.

-- Written by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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