Eric Schmidt’s dream of Google TV taking over consumers’ living rooms is one step closer to reality. Today, LG unveiled its first Google TV product that marries LG’s advanced TV functionality with Google’s Android OS. The LG Google TV features CINEMA 3D technology which works with passive 3D glasses and integration with LG’s Magic Remote Qwerty, allowing users to control their TV with motion gestures, voice recognition and full keyboard input.
While we got to see the LG Google TV in person at their press even this morning, LG has not yet revealed its official name, possible sizes, price points and launch date. We’re hoping consumers will be back to get their hands on LG’s Google TV on the cheap, but the fact that it features 3D integration means it will probably be a niche that most consumers will not be able to afford. We’re hoping to get some quality hands-on time and a few more details once the show floor opens tomorrow morning.Show Press Release
SEOUL, Jan. 6, 2012 -— LG Electronics (LG) will introduce its highly anticipated Google TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. LG Smart TV with Google TV combines the familiarity of Google’s Android OS with the convenience and comfort of LG’s 3D and Smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and attractive home entertainment option.
“LG has constantly strived to provide consumers with wider choices in home entertainment that bring the highest level of sophistication and convenience,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “Through Google TV, LG has merged Google’s established Android operating system with LG’s proven 3D and Smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and enthralling TV experience.”
LG’s Google TV’s most attractive feature is its ease of use, thanks to the combination of its Android-based user interface and the Magic Remote Qwerty designed by LG. LG’s Google TV’s user interface and main screen have been designed for convenient browsing and content selection. Multi-tasking is also possible, as the search, social networking and TV functions can be run simultaneously. The user interface can be accessed using the Magic Remote Qwerty which combine the user-friendly benefits of LG’s Magic Remote with a QWERTY keyboard.
Equipped with LG’s own CINEMA 3D technology, Google TV provides a home entertainment experience that is immersive, comfortable and convenient. Based on LG’s own Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology, CINEMA 3D glasses are battery-free, comfortable and lightweight. The glasses are also very affordable, making LG’s Google TV ideal for viewing by a large group of family and friends when used in 3D mode. And with a single click of the remote, any 2D program or movie can be viewed in 3D, thanks to the built-in 2D to 3D conversion engine.
Alongside Google TV, LG will continue to advance its own Smart TV platform based on NetCast, which will be available in more than 60 percent of LG’s flat panel TVs scheduled for introduction over the coming year. With a growing collection of content and services, LG’s Smart TV platform will continue to provide consumers with a unique user experience.
The first demonstration of LG’s Google TV will take place at the LG Electronics Press Conference on January 9.