Consumer electronics giant LG Electronics is to make a major enhancement to its Google TV portfolio, launching seven models in five screen sizes throughout 2013.
Even after two years' availability, the jury is effectively still out on the Google TV proposition, and the service's history to date has been dogged by a general lack of essential hardware as well as issues regarding compelling content.
A major drive by a CE firm of LG's status will be a huge fillip to Google TV and, to be unveiled at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, the new line-up will encompass two model series - GA7900 and GA6400 - designed, claims LG, to deliver "an outstandingly intuitive user experience, various sizes and new design to better meet consumers' expectations."
Additionally, the premium models will incorporate LG's advanced CINEMA SCREEN design.
The sets will also combine Google's latest platform and LG's redesigned Magic Qwerty Remote to enhance the effectiveness of voice search and the PrimeTime quick guide.
An updated Home Dashboard offers streamlined access to premium video-on-demand (VOD) content from HBO GO, YouTube and from Google apps. The dashboard now offers 'cards' that act as folders to display apps and other content.
Connectivity options include the ability to pair a YouTube app update for Android, smartphone and tablets with Google TV over the same home network via Wi-Fi. LG Google TV will also offer the OnLive app pre-installed, which transforms the TV into a gaming platform without the need for a separate console.
"LG is committed to providing diverse home entertainment options that offer the most satisfying user experience, and the latest LG Smart TVs with Google TV do just that," commented Havis Kwon, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "They deliver a stellar user experience by merging the latest Google TV platform with LG's proven smart TV technology. The result is a comprehensive system that is groundbreaking in its simplicity."