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.
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.