News is that Google is working with Intel and Sony to develop a new class of Internet-enabled televisions and set top boxes, according to the New York Times.

Known as Google TV, this has been under way for several months and is based on Google’s Android software which is currently available in certain smartphones. Tiny keyboards are also being developed with collaboration from Logitech international.

“The partners envision technology that will make it as easy for TV users to navigate Web applications, like the Twitter social network and the Picasa photo site, as it is to change the channel,” the Times reports.

Set top box technology is being tested by Google which has collaborated with Dish network for that cause.

If you have the internet in your television, and a tablet appliance like the iPad to carry around, who needs a desktop or even a laptop computer?