LG, Samsung, Vizio Promise Google TV Products

Thursday, January 5th 2012. | Hardware News

On Thursday, Google pledged more support for its Google TV platform at CES, adding LG as a TV partner, and promising more products with its previously announced partnerships with Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.

Google TVMarvell also announced Thursday that it would provide an ARM-based applications processor for the Google TV platform, and Google said that MediaTek has joined in as well. MediaTek said Thursday afternoon that the company developed a “120Hz Smart TV” chip, providing support for 3D viewing and Wi-Fi network syncing, without specifically identifying Google TV.

Google TV recently received an update to Android 3.1, allowing users to access dedicated Google TV apps. (For more, see the attached slideshow.) More than 150 apps now run on the Google TV platform, Google said.

“As we’ve said before, Google TV is about bringing new entertainment and innovation from the Web to TV and our team along with our partners are pleased to bring more Google TV powered products to more people, across more devices in more countries in 2012,” Mickey Kim, a Google TV partnership manager said in a blog post.

Google did not say, however, that Logitech would be supporting the Google TV platform with additional products; in November, the company’s chief executive called Google TV a “mistake.”

Sony, however, appears poised to make an additional commitment. “We’re happy to build on our partnership with Sony,” Kim wrote. “At CES, Sony will unveil new devices for the U.S. and plans to offer Google TV powered products in several countries around the world in 2012.”

Vizio, which also committed to Google TV at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, also showcase its lineup of Google TV products in private demos. Vizio did not indicate whether or not it would be shipping televisions, set-top boxes, or both using the Google TV platform. Samsung will market “Google TV-powered devices” in 2012, Kim wrote.

LG did, however. “LG will showcase a new line of TVs powered by Google TV running on their own L9 chipset at CES,” Kim wrote.

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