A new report suggests that LG and Google will be teaming up to produce several new products including another smartphone and an OLED TV set. According to the Korea Times, Google CEO Larry Page met with LG’s chief executive Koo Bon-joon on a recent visit to South Korea. The two executives reportedly spoke for more than an hour and discussed ways to improve their business partnership, including more deals between the two companies. LG is now said to be working on a second Nexus-branded smartphone and is reportedly in talks to launch “an LG-Google OLED TV,” in addition to its current lineup of Google TV products. LG previously partnered with Google to release the popular Nexus 4 smartphone last fall.
Google’s (GOOG) TV platform has gone largely unnoticed and untouched for the last two years. The company has announced new hardware partners and said goodbye to old ones, but Google TV hasn’t revolutionized the market as was once expected. It would seem that Google may finally be ready to commit to the platform, however. The company has promised that it will announce “Google TV news” at its annual I/O Developers Conference in May, though no other details were provided. Google I/O is scheduled to take place from May 15th to May 17th.
Google (GOOG) and its manufacturing partners are once again going to try to make a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show. The company on Friday announced that its partners will unveil a number of Google TV products at the annual trade show. New products are expected to be announced from ASUS (2357), Hisense (0921), TCL (1070) and others, while existing partners like LG (066570), Vizio, and Sony (SNE) will show off the newest Google TV platform. Google revealed that Google TV is available through either set-top boxes or integrated TVs from nine partners across 10 countries around the world. It is still widely considered a failed product, however. The Consumer Electronics Show is scheduled to take place from January 8th through January 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of people around the world vowed to make changes to the way they live their lives. For some, 2013 will bring an end to smoking, drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle. For me, the new year will also bring some changes, but this year I plan to adjust some of the more technical aspects of my life. Here are my five tech resolutions for 2013. More →
Google (GOOG) updated its YouTube app for Android on Tuesday to give its underwhelming Google TV devices a little love. The new YouTube app now lets you stream videos directly to any Google TV device with a single click and act as a remote to pause, scroll or skip to the next video with your smartphone or tablet. The new app also lets you peruse YouTube’s myriad of content from a mobile device (or several ones, if you like) while a video is playing on the TV. It’s another attempt at providing a “second screen” experience, much like Xbox SmartGlass is doing for the Xbox 360.
Google TV was a bold endeavor for Google (GOOG). It was supposed to pick up where Microsoft’s (MSFT) WebTV failed in the 1990s. First launched in 2010, Google TV flopped and still is a flop for two reasons: expensive hardware and poor implementation. With hardly a mention as to what Google TV’s future will be at this year’s Google I/O, a product video for the next version of the platform (since made private) has surfaced showing off voice control. With it, Google could beat Apple (AAPL) to a voice-controllable TV. More →
Google (GOOG) on Monday announced an update to its Google TV platform that will allow users to finally be able to buy and rent movies, music and TV shows from the Play Store. In addition to content already purchased from other devices being automatically available on Google TV, Google Play titles will now be available through the built-in TV & Movies app, alongside Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon’s (AMZN) offerings. Users will still be unable to begin a show on one device and resume it on another, however. The latest update will be rolling out to Google TV devices over the next few weeks and will include various Google Play features that can be utilized by developers such as auto-updates, subscription billing and smart app updates. More →
Vizio on Tuesday announced the future availability of its Co-Star Stream Player. The set-top box is powered by the latest version of Google TV and includes support for OnLive’s cloud gaming service. “Our focus to deliver the best consumer experience continues with today’s announcement of the Co-Star, which delivers a superior smart TV interface that anyone can add to their existing HDTV,” said Matt McRae, VIZIO’s Chief Technology Officer. “We combined the powerful features of Google TV™ with an intuitive and easy to use interface, giving users the power to enjoy an entire world of entertainment.” The Vizio Co-Star will be available for preorder in July for the low-price of $99.99. Vizio’s press release follows below. More →
Despite Google TV’s shortcomings, the Internet giant is still fully dedicated to the platform and will announce an update at its annual developer conference this week, Fox News reports. The publication’s sources claim the company’s latest update will combine live TV listings with Netflix and DVR content, in an effort to put content first and the source second. Other hardware manufacturers will reportedly announce an Apple-like AirPlay feature that can stream content from Android 4.0 powered smartphones. Google’s Developer support pages also indicates that the Mountain View-based company will make it easier for third party developers to get their apps on television sets through various learning sessions. Google continues to add partners to its TV platform, Sony on Monday announced its latest Google TV offering, the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV, will be available on July 22nd for $199. It is likely that the set-top box will see the update later this summer. More →
OnLive on Tuesday during the E3 conference in Los Angeles demonstrated its cloud-based gaming service on LG’s G2 Google TV sets. The company announced OnLive social features for Google TV called OnLive Viewer at the Consumer Electronic Show in January, and promised that full console quality gaming would be coming soon. “It’s always been our mission to make top-quality gaming accessible to everyone, everywhere,” said Steve Perlman, founder and CEO of OnLive. “OnLive adds no cost to LG Smart TVs, but delivers a full console-class experience. We’re excited to make on-demand top-tier gaming an integral part of the living room entertainment system on LG’s state-of-the-art TVs.” The LG G2 Series of smart TVs are powered by Google TV and equipped with LG’s new L9 dual-core chipset, along with a custom “user-friendly interface.” The LG Smart TV with Google TV will be the first Google-powered television to come preloaded with OnLive’s on-demand cloud-based video game software. OnLive’s press release follows below. More →
According to an LG executive, the South Korean firm plans to launch an Internet-enabled Google TV in the United States the week of May 21st, Reuters reported on Monday. The company is looking to gain a larger share of the emerging smart TV market and defend itself against Apple, which is widely expected to unveil an HDTV later this year or early next year. “Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21,” said Ro Seogho, LG’s executive vice president of its TV business. The executive said the company will decide whether to expand its Google TV offering to Europe and Asia based on sales performance in the U.S. market. More →
As Google’s vendor partners prepare renewed efforts to push HDTVs and accessories that showcase Google TV, a new report suggests that they have their work cut out for them. First introduced at a press conference in late 2010, Google TV has not seen the success Google had hoped for. The CEO of Logitech, one of the first vendors to launch a Google TV product, went as far as to call its Google TV-powered Revue a gigantic mistake that cost the company dearly. Now, in more than a year on the market, all of Google’s partners have combined to sell fewer that 1 million Google TV devices according to a recent report. Read on for more. More →
A patent filed by Google showcases a new technology that could enable users to control Google TV-equipped devices using their voices, reports Patently Apple. Using a specific smartphone app, users could be able to speak commands or queries that are then acted upon by a television, a set-top box, a DVD player or another device equipped with Google TV, according to the patent filing. The patent documentation also mentions an interesting feature where “the provision of the query to the television may occur when the user is within a set distance of his home also (e.g., by determining with GPS functionality on the smartphone that he is within 1/4 mile of the home), and the television may be turned on automatically as he approaches the home, with the television tuned to a channel that is determined to be most relevant to the query.” Google’s technology can also be applied to music, allowing users to remotely set up a playlist to be streamed on a TV or other device. Whether or not we can expect Google TV products to launch with the functionality described in this patent is unknown. More →