Jan 14 AT 6:41 PM Nick Gray 24 Comments

LG Google TV and Magic Remote QWERTY eyes-on

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As we suspected, Google TV had a fairly strong presence at CES this year. LG, Sony and Vizio all showed off new products which run on the Honeycomb update of Google TV. At the LG booth, we got to spend some quality time playing around with LG’s 3D 55-inch Google TV which features support for the new LG Magic Remote QWERTY.

If you’re already familiar with Google TV, you may notice the the UI on LG’s television is a bit different. LG has taken the liberty to customize the home screen so that it matches the UI from their other smart TVs. The main screen features a library for your 3D content, your most recent applications, a panel for your TV settings and your bookmarked TV shows or websites. But things get pretty standard once you hit the application button and jump into the standard Google TV UI. The LG Google TV has access to the Android Market and all the applications which developers have made compatible with Google TV.

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What really makes the LG Google TV stand out from the competition is its compatibility with the LG Magic Remote QWERTY which features air-mouse (similar to the Wii) motion controls, a scroll wheel and a full QWERTY keyboard on the back for easy text input. The Magic Remote QWERTY isn’t the most elegant remote we’ve seen, but it allows users to use the LG Google TV without having to have a full keyboard as a permanent fixture on the coffee table. Pricing and availability details for the LG Google TV have not yet been released, but we’re hoping to see a few different models available for purchase by the middle of 2012.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • spazby

    Sign me up

  • aranea

    I like the QWERTY remote idea. Maybe it can be made like a slide out instead of on the back. Don’t you end up pressing the wrong buttons while changing the volume or something?

    Wow I’m the fist commenter for the first time.

    • aranea

      Opps I was beaten by spazby.

    • reddragonman

      I have a Vizeo TV with a slide out keyboard, and I do like that idea. Sometimes it would be nice to use it like a WIImote, but being that it’s Bluetooth, it’s enough for me.

  • vid500

    wow, that’s cool. they really did a great job. It really has a great conectivity and a lot of options, and the remote is amazing I’m waiting for this one.

    • DroidPower

      yea that’s definitely one smart remote! I wonder if the keyboard will “shut off” when you’re using the other side so you don’t input something when your hand accidentally pushes on the keys.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        That’s what I was wondering too. Depending on the sensors they have in there for the “air mouse”, they could do it if they added magnetometers.

  • Joshua Melling

    very cool, just wish they didn’t change the UI!

    • DROID Sam

      The UI changes are actually minimal. Stock Google TV only shows the bottom menu bar and live TV when you are on the home screen. This actually works a lot better to find the content you want.

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    I reckon set top box would have to be the best option for a google TV. I don’t know too many people who could justify 3 grand every year or 2 when the tech in their TV gets outdated

  • BiGMERF

    If I did opt for google TV, it will be a box not a TV.

  • SGB101

    that ‘looks’ like a cheap and cheerful remote, one you would et with a cheap, 14″ tv of the 80s.

    if im buying a high-end tv, i want a high-end look/feel to the remote.

    i hope, these tvs start shipping with Bluetooth and an app is downloadable from the market, to make your phone the remote/keypad/mouse pointer etc…

    • thekaz

      I agree. I like the look of the Boxee remote better…

    • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

      there is already a remote app by google for both android and ios. Works over wifi.

      • peder

        the remote-apps don’t have keyboard.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    Two things;
    1. I wish my Logitech Revue worked this well.
    2. I wish DirecTV was this integrated with Google TV.

    If this is reasonably priced I may be getting an upgrade this year.

  • lokidokie

    I like.
    Again though… Bring it to Australia!!!

  • franck
  • Parth Jayaram

    Check out http://www.technationindia.com for some interesting announces at CES

  • dwilson6

    Google TV is something i’m excited to watch. In the next couple years it could totally change the way TV works. Now we just need to be able to live stream TV so it can replace the set top box.

  • atul0002

    I like the Vizio QWERTY keyboard better bcuz it slides out and none of the buttons get pressed by accident.

  • revs

    Wow my original magic motions much nicer that thing’s ugly …if I need to type I just iuse my LG tv remote app on my sensation

  • Ejaz

    WHEN THIS TV RELEASING ? PLEASE SOME ONE HELP ME !!

  • Pravi

    I bought an lm6410 model few months ago. But no where I can find whether this remote is compatible with it or not. Its the same for any of their magic remotes.
    Someone should list the remotes and their compatible TV model’s list. There are tons of LG models and its bit confusing.