LG has unveiled two brand new Google TV devices for 2013, GA7900 (55-inch, 47-inch) and the GA6400 (60-inch down to 42-inch). The TVs will be available in sizes ranging from 42” up to 60”.
These TVs will have QWERTY motion remote controls with an integrated mic for “natural” voice commands. Passive Cinema 3D will also be part of both models.
The top-of-the-line GA7900 features an edge-lit LED with local dimming and a 240Hz refresh rate. And the GA6400 is simply edge-lit and includes a lower 120Hz refresh.
Google TV will run on Honeycomb 3.2 OS, which enables users to use tablet and smartphone apps on their TV.
Three giant TV makers, Samsung, LG and Sony are working on Google TV. Google powered TV will be shown at the consumer electronics show (CES) next week at Las Vegas.
LG will come with passive Cinema 3D capability and 2D to 3D conversion on the fly.
Google TV allows users to access the Internet on TVs, using its popular Chrome browser. In addition, it allows users to search a pay-TV provider’s listings and offers about 150 apps to shuttle people to digital media.
Logitech unveils its $300 set-top box that will bring Google’s new TV service to people who don’t want to buy a new television set. We are not sure that is a good price from Logitech. Why buy another box to plug in?
At launch Google TV users will be able to access Amazon On Demand, Netflix, Twitter, Turner Broadcasting, HBO, USA Today, The New York Times. But there are no news about partnering with major TV networks like ABC, Fox and CBS.
Google is collaborating with Sony, Intel and Logitech to develop HDTV’s and Blu-ray players with built-in Google TV. At launch users will be able to access Amazon On Demand, Netflix, Twitter, Turner Broadcasting, HBO, USA Today, The New York Times. But there are no news about partnering with major TV networks like ABC, Fox and CBS.
From Google Blog:
Because Google TV is built on open platforms like Android and Google Chrome, these features are just a fraction of what Google TV can do. In our announcement today at Google I/O, we challenged web developers to start coming up with the next great web and Android apps designed specifically for the TV experience. Developers can start optimizing their websites for Google TV today. Soon after launch, we’ll release the Google TV SDK and web APIs for TV so that developers can build even richer applications and distribute them through Android Market.