LG announces new Google TV sets, showcasing them at CES


Well, what have we here? Right when you think Google TV is starting to become a set-top box only business, LG comes around and announces more brand new 3D-enabled units! To make it better, LG will have much more options this time around, with sizes ranging from 42 inches to 60 inches (42/47/50/55/60). These TV sets come with a brand new design, which we must say is very sexy. The TV is thinner, the bezel is smaller and the base has become much more svelte and modern. They really do look great, but it seems they will work even better.

These sets will feature a dual-core processor and Google TV 3.0. They will benefit from the latest updates we have recently seen announced (Voice Search, PrimeTime, etc.), and even some LG custom UI love. That is right, this could be the beginning of Google TV manufacturer UIs, but does LG have what it takes to keep us interested?

For starters, Google TV is not exactly the most polished OS, so there are high chances LG could do a better job. The press shots certainly don’t look bad and it seems like there will be features that can substantially enhance the experience. One of these features is the new “cards”, which highly ressemble Google Now’s and will likely work similarly. These will also act as folders for apps and serve as a gateway to other features, though. Oh, and yes, they will be OnLive compatible out-of-the-box.

LG is quickly becoming Google TV’s most important partner, being the only one to release TV sets with integrated Google TV lately. We know Samsung had plans to get some Google TVs out this year, but we have yet to see these plans come to fruition. Sony seems to have no plans either, aside from set-top boxes or BluRay players, so LG is the king of Google TV for now.

We have no details on price and availability, but you can be sure we will be at CES checking them out and passing all the information to you. LG will have two of these models available there (GA7900 and GA6400), so stay tuned and let’s see what the next-generation Google TVs look like! Are you getting one? I sure am.

LG TO SHOWCASE TWO NEW MODELS FEATURING GOOGLE TV AT CES 2013

ExpandedSmart Google TV Lineup from LG Provides the Most User-friendly Wayto Search and Discover Amazing Content

SEOUL, Dec. 24, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) will introduce an extended Google TV lineup at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. LG’s new models GA7900 and GA6400 deliver an outstandingly intuitive user experience at various sizes and new design to meet more consumers’ expectations.

Google’s latest platform and LG’s redesigned Magic Remote Qwerty work together to enhance the effectiveness of Voice Search and the PrimeTime quick guide. The updated Smart Home also adds to the user experience by offering convenient, streamlined access to VoD, YouTube and more apps. Discovering exciting new content from the rich pool of choices available on LG Google TV has never been easier. Additionally, the premium model will incorporate LG’s advanced CINEMA SCREEN design for an undeniably
sleek and modern finish.

“LG is committed to providing diverse home entertainment options that offer the most satisfying user experience and the latest LG Smart TVs with Google TV do just that,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “They deliver a stellar user experience by merging the latest Google TV platform with LG’s proven Smart TV technology. The result is a comprehensive system that is groundbreaking in its simplicity.”

LG Google TV aims to redefine the user experience. The platform offers the ease of use that recalls the simplicity of earlier television sets. The new Smart Home offers varied types of “cards” that act as folders for apps and other content. The new My Interest Card can even display useful information including real-time weather and customizable news.

The entire user interface can be navigated using the redesigned Magic Remote Qwerty, which combines a complete keyboard with the convenient benefits of the Magic Remote’s point-and-click control. The enhanced natural language recognition incorporated in the revamped remote is a perfect match with Google’s outstanding search functionality. The overall voice-based capabilities multiply the effectiveness of the PrimeTime quick guide to provide an unparalleled user experience and make browsing through the more than 100,000 available movies and TV episodes on LG Google TV a breeze.

LG Smart TV’s dual core CPU enables easy menu navigation, fast internet browsing and video streaming. The additional processor power allows the TruPicture XD Engine to process images quickly and precisely, resulting in richer colors, deeper contrast and greater overall picture clarity.

And LG has applied its advanced CINEMA SCREEN design to the premium model to offer a sleek, modern look. This design further minimizes width of the bezel, giving the TV a streamlined appearance while creating the impression of a borderless display. Along with the LG Google TV’s unique stand design, it integrates perfectly with interior design of a living room.

The LG Smart TV with Google TV offers superb connectivity options and can connect to a variety of devices wirelessly. With the latest YouTube app update for Android, smartphones and tablets can be automatically paired with Google TV over the same home network via Wi-Fi, making it easy to send videos from your device to your TV.

Gamers will be pleased to know that LG Google TV will offer the OnLive® app pre-installed, which transforms the TV into an incredible gaming platform without a console. The app makes hundreds of high quality video games available instantly from the cloud. Also offering CINEMA 3D TV functionality, the LG Google TV employs FPR technology to give movie buffs and gamers a great 3D effect without the distracting flicker.