We already know that Samsung is planning on announcing their plans to get into the Google TV game at CES this January. Well, Bloomburg is now reporting that Toshiba and Vizio are both expecting to announce similar plans, also at CES. If this all holds true, it would certainly give a boost to the platform which continues to be plagued by backlash from the major networks.
There’s no word yet as to what type of devices they’re planning on announcing, but chances are they will be Google TV enabled TV sets. Samsung, Vizio and Toshiba would join Sony and Logitech as the only companies to offer a Google TV enabled device. We’ll be on hand at CES this year to bring you the latest and greatest in Google TV news, so stay tuned.
Earlier this week, we reported that Samsung was planning on offering Google TV powered devices sometime in 2011. Well, it seems that new reports are taking this a step further by saying that the announcement will come at CES this January.
We were pretty sure this was going to be the case, but Bloomberg has received confirmation from Samsung that it is official. We will be on hand at CES this year, so we’ll be sure to be there when the announcement happens to bring you the latest and greatest. Stay tuned.
Way back in July, we told you that Samsung was already thinking about getting into the Google TV game. Well, here we are in November, and now CNET is reporting that Samsung’s business head Yoon Boo Kuen told reporters that his company will be announcing the plan sometime in January (CES, perhaps?)
Pending an announcement by another company such as LG, Samsung is slated to be the second TV company to offer a Google TV device. No announcements have been made about price, size, or specs, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
NewTeeVee has officially announced the lineup for this year’s NewTeeVee Live, and Google TV’s Product Lead, Rishi Chandra, is part of the distinguished lineup of speakers. The event, being held at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California, will also feature speakers from Vevo, Samsung, Fox, and Nielsen.
Some of the discussion topics will include “Cutting the Cord”, highlighting the growing popularity of online content and the rate at which consumers are abandoning conventional cable and satellite providers, “Streaming HD”, which will examine the strains placed on networks by increased quality in online video, and of course, Google TV will be a big part of the discussion as well.
I am going to be honest with all of you: I love Android. As a writer, I try very hard to leave bias at the door and not let personal preference influence the stories I choose to cover or how they are delivered. With that being said, I will do my best to remain as objective as possible and to not allow my love for the little green robot to completely drive this piece. Those of you who follow tech news might have heard the recent announcement (and ensuing controversy) regarding this year’s second quarter (Q2) smartphone OS numbers which placed Android at the top with 33% of the market share. Some are not convinced by these figures, citing they did not fully consider the massive influx of iPhone 4 sales and that the Q3 numbers will tell an entirely different story. Be that as it may, flagship devices like the HTC Incredible/ Evo 4, Motorola Droid X, and the new Samsung Galaxy line are propelling Android to the next level, which will ultimately drive the success of other Android based platforms like Google TV.
When someone likes a product, regardless of what it is, their likelihood of buying something similar based on that particular product increases greatly. Let’s use Apple and the overwhelming success of the iPad as an example. A recent Nielsen survey reveals that 51% of new iPad owners who do not currently own an iPhone were planning on one for their next device. When you take into consideration the volume of iPad sales, this figure is quite astounding.
This same concept, although in varying degrees, should translate into more consumer interest in Google TV among those who currently own or are planning to own an Android smartphone. As more people become familiar with the differences among the various smarphones and are able to differentiate between RIM, iOS and Android, brand loyalty will increase among those less likely to be considered tech enthusiasts.
As Android continues to trend, Google and its partners should be focused on emphasizing the OS as being at the core of Google TV. This will allow current and potential Android phone users to begin associating the things they love about the platform, such as apps and Flash compatibility, with Google TV as well. By plugging the Android OS as much as GTV’s Internet capability, a large percentage of individuals who otherwise may have expressed little to no interest in Google TV could be swayed to purchase a Google TV device.
Associating Android with Google TV can be beneficial to smartphone makers as well. By implementing Logitech’s Harmony Link technology and turning an Android phone into a remote for Google TV, the potential is there for Google TV customers who do not already own an Android phone to seriously consider buying one to accompany their GTV device.
As previously mentioned, the Q2 data we referenced is subject to change, especially when the full amount of iPhone 4 sales, as well as the recently announced Blackberry 6, is factored into the equation. Still, Android is expected to keep growing at a fairly steady rate as new devices like the Droid 2 and the expected Motorola Android tablet continue to drive consumer interest.
It is also important to remember that Google TV on its own is an impressive platform, allowing individuals access to all their favorite online content, as well as letting them search for what they want to watch instead of wading through endless menus and content descriptions. Associating it with Android will only help to further increase consumer awareness, and help drive what could potentially be a game-changer in the world of television.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Reports are coming in from Seoul that LG Electronics is currently reviewing plans to produce a television with Google TV on board. LG would join Samsung, who earlier this month confirmed similar plans, and Sony in the ongoing race for Internet TV supremacy. Simon Kang, chief executive of LG Electronics’ digital display division, had the following to say on the subject.
“Google TV could spark strong interest in the market, but the reason we are deliberating is because Google may one day dominate the software space and we don’t want to end up as just a hardware provider.”
These are just initial reports, so details are a bit lacking, but we will continue to bring you more on this story as it develops.
Every Sunday, we recap the most important news of the week for those of you who need to play catch up. Happy 4th of July to all you Yanks out there, we hope you are enjoying the long weekend! This week, Hulu finally announced a premium service, rumors about Apple TV 2.0 resurfaced, and Samsung announced plans of possibly supporting Google TV in the near future. Here is a list of the stories we featured this week:
Apple TV rumors day 2, apologies to The New York Times
Updated Apple TV rumors begin circulating again
Vizio’s VIA line offers a lucrative alternative to Google TV
Samsung exec confirms plans for supporting Google TV under review
Syabas Popbox delay, and lack of Netflix, good news for Google TV
Anthony Rose feels Google TV is ‘a bit of a consumer fail’
Logitech VP on why Google TV, and open systems, are great
Hulu Plus announced: Sony’s inclusion indicates Google TV is a likely partner as well
Sources indicate Google Music likely to be on Google TV
Google TV to greatly expand digital advertising potential, says Google VP Henrique De Castro
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Last month, Google VP Andy Rubin dropped hints of a possible partnership with Samsung while attending an event in Soeul, South Korea. Today, The Wall Street Journal ran a story stating Samsung’s desire to move 50 million TVs this year, up from a previous estimate of 39 million. Samsung Electronics Visual Display President B.K. Yoon acknowledged the struggling Euro may have a slight impact on their ambitious plans, but contends that current sales projections, as well as improvements to their Internet TV division, will help make this goal a reality.
In addition to supporting the newly announced Hulu Plus once it becomes available, Blockbuster, Netflix and Pandora also highlight the list of 120 free applications available currently in 107 countries.
Yoon also stated his company is currently reviewing plans to develop a TV with Google TV support, which certainly adds some weight to the comments made by Rubin this past month. This move would make a great deal of sense for both companies, allowing Samsung to drastically increase its application pool next year when the Android Market becomes available, and provides Google with another big name to add to its expanding list of partners.
No official announcement has been made by either company as of yet, but is expected to happen sooner rather than later in the coming months.
We have been hearing rumors of a premium Hulu service for some time now, and have been speculating as to whether or not it would end up on Google TV. The rumors have now been put to rest, thanks to today’s announcement of “Hulu Plus.” For $10 dollars a month, customers will gain access to entire seasons of shows that are currently available in limited numbers on the free service. So far we know there will be apps for iPod and iPad (and surely iPhone as well), Samsung and Sony connected TV and Blu-ray devices, as well as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The inclusion of Sony, makers of the first HDTV with Google TV built in, leads us to believe that Google TV will eventually be supported as well, although no official announcement has been made at this time. We will continue to bring you more on this story as it develops, for now you can visit the official Hulu Plus page, and see a video from Hulu after the break.
Yahoo is clearly feeling some pressure from the quickly approaching release of Google TV, as evidenced by today’s announcement that Sony will be expanding the number of markets where Yahoo TV widgets can be accessed. Sony is adding Yahoo TV capabilities to a new line of LCD TVs, which is poised to increase these markets by up to seven times what they are now. While on the surface this seems like good news for Google, it clearly shows some apprehension about Google’s latest venture.
Presently, Yahoo TV customers have access to thousands of widget based applications, giving them access to things like their Flickr accounts, the weather, news, and some television content. Google TV poses a serious threat, as users will have access to (theoretically) all the content found online. In terms of cost, analysts predict Yahoo TV will have a slight edge, at least for a while, as GTV hardware is expected to cost more given the need for higher performance hardware.
Yahoo also currently holds a more extensive list of partners which manufacture devices with Yahoo TV capability, including Sony, Samsung, LG, Vizio and HiSense. In addition, Yahoo is also working with chipmakers like MIPS Technologies, Sigma Designs and OEM partners like ViewSonic to bring Yahoo TV to set-top boxes, DVD and Blu-ray players.
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