LG has revealed its Google TV-equipped HDTV ahead of showcasing it at CES next week in Las Vegas, just as Google confirmed that Sony and Samsung would also be launching similar TVs in 2012.
The 3D HDTV from LG will incorporate LG’s Cinema 3D technology which uses the lightweight glasses which don’t require batteries. The TV will come with a Magic Remote Qwerty (seen below) which will help you navigate the new Google TV user interface.
While the first generation of Google TV failed to make a significant impact on the market, the Mountain View company will be hoping the updated version, launched last October, will fare a lot better.
In a blog post, Google said that since the launch of the overhaul, it has seen activations rates more than double with new features like the Android Market, a smoother YouTube experience and a simpler interface helping to attract users.
There are currently 150 apps available which have been designed specifically for the TV with the thousands of apps designed for tablets and smartphones also available.
Along with the new LG TV, Samsung and Sony will also be showcasing new hardware powered by Google TV at CES next week Marvell will also be at CES showcasing “a new generation of Google TV solutions which will help bring more products across more price points to consumers.”
Other manufacturers showcasing Google TV products will be Taiwanese chipset MediaTek and Vizio, who will be holding private demos of their line of Google TV-powered products.
The question of content on Google TV remains however and no matter how streamlined the YouTube experience gets, how many apps are available and how good the web browsing experience is, if Google cannot tie up content providers then the platform could be ultimately doomed to fail.
When we will see Google TV in the UK is unclear but it is coming but it could be 2013 before it rolls out on this side of the world and if that’s the time it takes for it to mature properly, it may be no bad thing.
For now, have a look at the video from Google showing the new interface and let us know in the comments below if you think Google TV is a winner in the long term.