LG Electronics this week gave a sneak preview of its new G2 Series LED HDTVs that arrive on store shelves later this month and include the "G2" version of Google TV.
G2 Series LED HDTV Google TV
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is expecting big things from its second-generation connected TV play, and LG appears to be a good match.
The G2 Series TVs are the first Google TV models in the U.S. market with a dual-core processor, LG's L9 chipset based on the ARM architecture with a quad-core graphics processing unit (GPU). The chipsets offer faster processing speeds, and powers Google TV Search across the Web and live TV, allowing consumers to watch what they want, with little upload and lag time.
The L9 chipset also allows LG to offer its five-mode "Magic Remote," with QWERTY keyboard. The remote allows users to employ gesture-based commands, similar to a Wii remote, and offers scrolling as well as voice recognition for simplified search capabilities.
"LG is excited to work with Google to bring Google services to TVs, making it easier for consumers to access a growing amount of content on the big screen," said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company.
The TV also features shutter-free 3D technology, meaning users can wear battery-free, lightweight glasses to watch. LG is including six pairs of the glasses in the box.
LG Smart TV with Google TV (G2 Series) is expected to be available online and at regional retailers later in May in 47-inch and 55-inch models, at $1,699.99 and $2,299.99 respectively.
Google launched an early version of Google TV in 2010 that struggled to gain traction; its Google 2.0 was released in October with a new interface and has gotten a better reception so far. The company continues to strike deals with content owners, as well, making Google TV more appealing to consumers.
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