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People of Lava Announce First Android TV

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People of Lava Announce First Android TV

Oh Lava, how good to see you back making waves...

We spotted the Swedish home cinema expert back in September 2006 when it announced the coolest VESA mounts ever (yes, really!), but now it is on our radar again with something potentially jaw dropping: the World's first Android-powered TV set.

Surprisingly beating the impending Sony's Google TV out the door, the newly renamed/elongated 'People of Lava' has announced the 'Scandinavia' range. First coming in a 42in model and later to be followed by 47in and 55in versions, Scandinavias will run specially optimised Full HD versions of Android with direct access to the likes of Google Mail, YouTube, the Webkit browser, Facebook and Twitter.

What is less clear is overall Android Marketplace compatibility, though the fact Lava talks of a "People of Lava App-store" suggests standard apps won't run natively. That said, Android is an open platform and the company is welcoming third party developers (Spotify, please!). Furthermore, Scandinavias will have USB connections for connecting to media content (I was told MKV would likely be on the list), plus an Ethernet connection and optional WiFi.

On the outside Scandinavias will all have three HDMI ports and have Full HD LED backlit displays. We don't have any more specific information (refresh rate, contrast ratio, etc) though we should rest easy since Lava does typically play in the premium price bracket in its native Sweden. Interestingly, Lava is also going the ARM route (as opposed to Sony's Intel Atom focus) with a Cortex A8 at the Scandinavias heart. This is the same chip which so ably powers the iPhone 3GS.

Finally I must admit I'm also loving the minimalist styling and Lava says the range is constructed from "a unique blend of natural materials, such as stone and other materials. This gives the almost ceramic sense, hard as rock, but with a deep gloss never seen before."

People of Lava Scandinavia TVs will sell globally and the 42 incher will be first on the market in September with an RRP of between 2,000 and 2,500 euros. Yup, we're excited.

Update: We've got a few specs through now. All models have a 1,300:1 contrast ratios - this isn't low, it is the static (read: true) ratio which we wish all companies would be forthcoming enough to provide and should be just fine. Response times are also 5ms across the range and brightness is 450 cd/m2 for 42in and 47in models and 500 cd/m2 for the 55in.

Links:

People of Lava Scandinavia Product Page

Jmac

April 6, 2010, 8:08 pm

Looks awesome. We need a collaboration with Tosh so we get Android on Cell TV. That would be all kinds of epic.

farki80

April 6, 2010, 8:13 pm

Google on my telly?





No thanks.

Gordon394

April 6, 2010, 8:35 pm

@farki80 - interesting response. Are you not a fan of Google in general? I ask because a TV will likely have less sensitive information on it than a computer for smartphone.

farki80

April 6, 2010, 9:32 pm

Fan of Google? Goodness no.





Is anyone is?





Regardless a TV should be judged by its picture quality output, end of, rather than whether it runs on a Google trojan horse masquerading as a open source OS.

Lantic

April 6, 2010, 9:35 pm

Good to see paranoia is alive and well.

Gordon394

April 6, 2010, 9:39 pm

@farki80 - I do rather like Google as it happens and happily use Chrome, Gmail, Google Reader and Calendar (not a convert to Docs as yet). The interesting thing is you don't seem to believe everyone is doing exactly the same ;)

farki80

April 6, 2010, 9:40 pm

I do use Google services, but a fan? No.





How can anyone claim to be a fan or a corporation?

Andy0d2

April 7, 2010, 12:49 am

Whilst at risk of a lawsuit I am not suggesting google is a evil company it has to potential to in many ways be far more powerful than many powerful coutries.

WestHej

April 7, 2010, 1:43 am

I don't see the point tbh.





If anyone wanted to check their e-mail or browse the web on their TV they either wouldn't do it in front of the TV or would already have something capable of doing it e.g. PS3,HTPC.

jacko

April 7, 2010, 2:54 am

@WestHej : But that means turning on the PS3, accessing your email and then seeing if you have any new emails. Why not just have a message appear on the screen without you having to do anything but click open or ignore?





The TV will become the focus point of communication as well as it has already become the focus for entertainment, media and gaming.





Soon they'll all have built in web cams for video calls, hooked up to your broadband.

Gordon394

April 7, 2010, 3:11 am

@farki80 - I'd agree, but Apple is a prime example of that.


@Jacko - spot on, and then we're into Back to the Future II !


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GadgetBoy

April 7, 2010, 4:01 pm

@jacko 'Soon they'll all have built in web cams for video calls, hooked up to your broadband'





Having just returned from Hong Kong, there was a Samsung TV demonstration at a shopping complex. One of the TVs, within the 6000 series, had Skype with a built-in web cam. Looks like the future is already here!





They also had 3D Blu-Ray which I managed to view for a few minutes and can comment on if anyone is interested, though not sure where it should go as I am new to this.

Castalan

April 9, 2010, 12:03 pm

I'm with Gordon - I'd love whilst watching tv for it to pop up a message when my friends/family come online - or tell me in the corner when an email has come in - and yes if it had a webcam this is probably the way the mass market would then use video phone calling. I'd also love for this to be built on as open a platform as possible so I could choose from whom i'd get these additions.





I love the internet age - bring it on :)





It's kind of strange the extreme emotions that software companies cause - doesn't seem to happen for any other class of products - I don't get chastised in public for my choice of kettle or car - so why do people choose to be so highly critical of a software choice. Bizarre.

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