A few days ago we told you about a rumor that Samsung was planning to introduce a Google TV device at IFA. The rumor turned out to be true, as Samsung has unveiled a new Smart TV with Google TV expected to ship sometime later this year.
The TV wasn’t part of Samsung’s official IFA press conference, but it is on display at the Samsung booth. It will also utilize the Samsung Apps service to deliver additional premium content. You can check out some hands-on pictures and a brief video brought to you by Engadget by clicking the source link below.
Way back in January of 2011 we showed you two demo units of Samsung Google TV devices: a Blu-ray player and a set-top-box. According to the press release, the devices were supposed to be released sometime in the first half of 2011. The devices were never released, but at this year’s CES Google announced that Samsung was indeed following through with a Google TV offering, although no date was given this time.
Samsung’s time may finally be here, according to Korean publication ETNews. The electronics giant has supposedly completed a new unit that could be released soon in South Korea and possibly announced at IFA. The news comes shortly after Hisense formally announced their foray into Google TV with a $99 set-top-box of their own.
This is all purely speculation at this point, and until a formal announcement is made by Samsung it should be chalked up as nothing more than a rumor. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
International apps were added to Google TV recently, but international sales may be a larger leap. In Australia, both LG and Samsung have said that they will not launch Google TV options this year.
Philip Newton, head of Samsung’s TV division in Australia, was anything but gentle when debunking rumors that a Google TV would be launched along with other new Smart TV options emerging this April in Sydney. Newton unapologetically stated, “Why would we launch a Google TV? It only takes away from [what] Samsung is already offering with their new range of Smart TVs…we see no point in introducing another content platform when we already have an excellent platform.”
Throughout everything Google TV has been through at home, it looks as if a whole new battle awaits it abroad. Will distribution of Google TV be given an international opportunity? The only thing we can be sure of is that Google TV still has a lot to prove.
[via Smart House]
CES 2012 was a major stage for the blossoming smart TV market, with a major focus being the new names getting on board with Google TV and the updated gadgetry they will use to lure consumers. In support of an earlier bold statement by Google, Lenovo and Vizio are joining Sony, Samsung and LG in the production of Google TVs.
The Lenovo K91 Smart TV is the first of it’s kind to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is already available in China 42″ and 50″ sizes, to be released elsewhere at an unknown future time. It’s features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 Ghz processor with 1GB of RAM, SD card storage and a 5 mega pixel webcam.
Vizio’s Google TV, to be debuted in Summer 2012, dresses Honeycomb in a smooth look similar to that of it’s tablets and features DNLA-based content sharing capabilities. Vizio is dedicated to staying up to date with the evolution of Google TV between now and their summer release date, talking closely with Google in continual development.
Both sets boast uuber fancy remote controls to tantalize any gadget lover: touch screen technology, bluetooth, QWERTY keyboard, a built in microphone, and dedicated Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu buttons are some of the collective treasures these new contenders will offer.
Stay tuned as we keep you updated on the exploding options in the land of Google TV–with the increasing number of integrated options, perhaps Google TV will finally get it’s time to shine.
LG will be showcasing its upcoming Google TV at CES 2012, and it is likely that Samsung will be soon to follow. Though Samsung’s version won’t be unveiled at CES in January, an executive with the company told reporters in Seoul that talks with Google are in their final stages, so we should be seeing some Samsung Google TV goods cropping up as 2012 progresses.
Though no details seem to be available yet, our best guess is that Samsung is making a TV-set, as their previous Google TV attempt, a set-top box and blu-ray DVD player in one, was never released. As both LG and Samsung are likely on board to boost TV sales and prices, it will be interesting to see if a fresh wave of Google TV products will do any better than the first. With Logitech backing out of the future of Google TV and Sony undoubtedly feeling a bit burned as well, theres plenty of opportunity for both Samsung and LG to either sink or swim. Stay tuned to see what products and profits will result.
[via LA Times]
Earlier today, we told you that Samsung was showing off two unannounced Google TV devices here at CES. Well, they are no longer unannounced, as Sammy has issued a press release formally announcing their foray into Google TV. No real concrete information has been released, other than the fact that it will be available sometime before the end of the 1st half of this year.
Continue after the break for the press release and for our photo gallery of Samsung’s Google TV set-top box and Blu-ray players.
While Samsung has yet to give out any official word on releasing any Google TV devices, the Samsung booth on the show floor at CES is telling the world that they’re heading in that direction. Samsung is currently showing off two yet-unannounced devices running Google TV, and the company is saying that they’re “experiments” that are made to gauge feedback from their partners concerning their interest. The devices being shown off were a standalone set top box and a Blu-ray player.
Although Samsung had a press conference yesterday, they declined announcing these devices, or any other Google TV related devices. Seems Samsung is taking some serious consideration before making any type of move into the GTV market, which is understandable at this point. Hopefully, once CES is over and done, they’ll have the feedback they were looking for, and can start into the announcement and manufacturing stages.
Be sure to check out the pictures after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Despite Google’s unexpected request on Monday for manufacturers to hold off on new Google TV hardware until the software can be improved, rumor has it that Samsung and Vizio are both still planning to showcase their Google TV hardware at CES next month.
According to the original NYT article, Vizio will demo their product in a private room rather than on the main floor (we’ll be trying our darndest to get in there), and Samsung will be going ahead as planned with their introduction as well. While on the subject of the original NYT article, as a reader pointed out, the only sources used are “people familiar with the company’s plans,” and until Google or the other manufacturers make some kind of formal announcement, perhaps it’s a bit early to panic.
We will be on hand at CES to bring you the latest and greatest in whatever ends up happening, so be sure to check back often during the convention for all the updates.
Earlier this month, we told you about a rumor that Sony was planning to ship Google TV in Europe beginning next Spring. Well it turns out that this rumor may be incorrect, and furthermore there is now some serious doubt about the international launch of Google TV.
There was talk about the Revue shipping in the UK as early as January, but both Google and Logitech have told the Inquirer that they have not locked down a specific date yet. Couple that with the lack of a formal announcement from Sony, and you have some serious red flags going up about when exactly we’ll see Google TV in Europe and Asia.
With Samsung, Toshiba and Vizio all expected to make Google TV announcements in a couple weeks at CES, perhaps we’ll hear more about an international release then. For now, however, we’re left guessing with the rest of you when as to when we may see Google TV making its European and Asian debut.
Google announced yesterday that they would be acquiring the digital media solutions and DRM firm Widevine, which could have some very positive benefits for both YouTube and Google TV. One of the biggest concerns (according to them at least) of the major networks regarding their decision to block Google TV is over piracy, and that Google isn’t doing enough to prevent it on YouTube and Google TV. This move is a positive step towards appeasing the networks, and hopefully giving Google some muscle when going into future talks.
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