LG To Add Google TVs

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LG Electronics

said Thursuday it will introduce a Google TV at the 2012 International CES next week in Las Vegas.

LG's Smart TV with Google TV will be powered by the familiar Android OS and will offer passive-glassed-based Cinema 3D capability and a new Magic Remote Qwerty.

"LG has constantly strived to provide consumers with wider choices in home entertainment that bring the highest level of sophistication and convenience," said Havis Kwon, LG Electronics Home Entertainment president and CEO stated. "Through Google TV, LG has merged Google's established Android operating system with LG's proven 3D and Smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and enthralling TV experience."

LG Google TV's user interface and main screen were said to have been designed for convenient browsing and content selection. Multi-tasking is also possible, as the search, social networking and TV functions can be run simultaneously.

The Magic Remote Qwerty can be used to access the user interface and enter text with a Qwerty keyboard.

As with other LG 3D TVs, the Google TV uses Cinema 3D technology providing a comfortable, convenient and affordable option to 3D viewing. Based on LG's Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology, the system uses battery-free and lightweight glasses.

The set will also perform 2D to 3D up conversion.

In addition to the Google TV, LG said it will offer its own Smart TV platform based on NetCast using open web technology such as Webkit browser and Linux.

LG Smart TV with NetCast will be available globally in 85 plus countries at launch.  LG Smart TV with Google TV will be available in two series at launch in the U.S. in 2012.

Earlier, LG revealed it will also introduce a

55-inch OLED TV

and an 84-inch Ultra Definition (4K) LCD TV its International CES booth.


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