LG readies Google TV models for debut at CES 2013
LG is making a big bet on Google TV in 2013 by announcing Monday that it will offer seven models and five different screen sizes of HDTVs featuring the search giant's Web-meets-living-room platform.
The new sets will be part of the new GA6400 and GA7900 series of televisions and feature 42-, 47-, 50-, 55-, and 60-inch screen sizes (GA7900 will have 47- and 55-inch models only). The Korea-based electronics maker did not disclose pricing or availability, but will show off the Google TV-powered sets in January at CES 2013, which runs from January 8 through January 11 in Las Vegas.
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LG has yet to announce the specs for specific models, but the company says each television will come with the company's newly redesigned Magic Remote. The peripheral device will feature a full keyboard and natural language commands for actions such as changing the channel or searching for entertainment. As with previous versions of the Magic Remote, the device also includes motion control. Other features for upcoming sets includes 3D, built-in OnLive Gaming, and the GA7900 series will have LG's Cinema Screen displays that feature 0.04-inch bezels for nearly edge-to-edge viewing.
Is LG betting against Apple?
Specs and features aside, LG's decision to double down on Google TV is significant. The electronics maker currently offers two Google TV models in the U.S., both from the G2 series, with 47- and 55-inch screen sizes. Going from two models to seven with screen sizes ranging from 42 to 60 inches has the potential to put Google TV in the hands of more users at varying price ranges.
Although Google TV hasn't really captured the imagination of the public, LG appears accept Google's vision for the future of home TV. The company may even be trying to get ahead of HDTVs from Apple expected to make an appearance in 2013. Speculation is that Apple TV sets would focus on app-based, on demand television and entertainment. In LG's statement announcing its plans to show Google TV models at CES, the TV maker says it wants to build “on the success of its Smart TVs with Google TV.”
The LG Google TVs are another development in a growing relationship between the two companies. Google in November rolled out a revamp of Google TV featuring more Google Play services plus intelligent voice search. The search giant said at the time that LG will be the first company to introduce the next version of Google TV.