Technology

Google TV coming to a screen near you: LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio switch on

January 06, 2012

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt predicted that “by the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions that you see in the television stores here will have Google TV embedded in it.” — Reuters file picGoogle executive chairman Eric Schmidt predicted that “by the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions that you see in the television stores here will have Google TV embedded in it.” — Reuters file picLOS ANGELES, Jan 6 — Looking for an internet-connected TV that can search for TV content, browse the web and deliver a TV-like YouTube experience? Your options are about to expand exponentially with the launch of brand new Google TVs and devices made by LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt predicted that “by the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions that you see in the television stores here will have Google TV embedded in it,” during an appearance at LeWeb in December 2011 (skip to the 39-minute mark to listen). His prediction may soon become a reality.

Google is getting serious about its TV platform. Along with some of the world’s leading TV manufacturers, the internet giant will be unveiling a number of new Google TV-powered devices during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

LG announced that it will join Google’s existing TV partners Samsung, Sony and Vizio with a new line of Google TVs that will run on its own L9 chipset.

“LG has constantly strived to provide consumers with wider choices in home entertainment that bring the highest level of sophistication and convenience,” said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “Through Google TV, LG has merged Google’s established Android operating system with LG’s proven 3D and Smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and enthralling TV experience.”

The new TV will expand on LG’s existing CINEMA 3D technology and will feature LG’s Magic Remote Qwerty. Google’s Android-powered TV platform will run alongside LG’s own Smart TV platform, which is based on NetCast.

Sony revealed it will be adding to its existing arsenal of Google TV devices for the US market and will unveil new Google TV-powered hardware at CES. Sony said it plans to launch its Google TV products in additional countries around the world in 2012.

Visio will be holding private demos of its brand new Google TV products at CES while Samsung will be working with Google to “bring Google-TV powered Samsung devices to market in 2012,” said Mickey Kim, head of TV Partnerships at Google.

Google TV now boasts 150 available apps and thousands more Android apps that can be scaled up to work on the large screen said Kim. — AFP/Relaxnews