Korean electronics giant LG, announced it will bring a new line of big screen TVs with Google TV 3.0 in the first half of 2013. The smart TVs, ranging in size from 42-inch up to 60-inch, will include a voice search functionality LG is saying will go beyond simple voice input to near magic-remote control levels. Users will be able to perform broad voice queries like “Will Smith new action movie coming out” and the TV will respond with a list of likely results. Quick Guide and Prime Time features will allow users to search for content and continue watching at the same time.
The new line also gets a new remote which will have a microphone, QWERTY keyboard and will be capable of gesture input. For those of you/us who didn’t jump on the Ouya Android gaming consoles, the new remote will work with OnLive on Google TV to help get you your gaming fix. We’ll get our first look at the new sets next month at CES (Consumer Electronic Show).
Amazon Instant Video app is now available on Google Play for your Google TV. Amazon Instant Video has more than 140,000 titles, including new release movies and in-season TV episodes to rent or purchase. Purchased movies and TV episodes will appear in your video library to watch at your will. Anyone willing to give this app a shot?
Google TV has seen some noteworthy updates during its brief life, but it appears the latest update will give the platform some of the neatest features yet. The latest update includes features like Voice Search (giving the ability to say CNN for example and go straight to the channel), PrimeTime which is an even more enhanced TV guide and the ability to play YouTube content from your smartphone or tablet straight to your Google TV unit. So just to sum up— users will have even more options to sit down and zone out when checking for the seemingly infinite number of TV content out there.
The update will begin rolling out on LG Google TV units over the coming weeks, which older generation units should see the update being pushed out in the coming months— so the wait shouldn’t be too much longer.
Google has just announced the impending availability of Play Store Music and Movies for Google TV users in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Australia. Beginning November 13th, users in these countries will be able to rent or purchase movies, as well as browse hundreds of thousands of songs via Google’s official marketplace.
This news will undoubtedly come as a much welcomed addition to the company’s vast array of content. There’s still no official word on why it took this long for the content to make its way to other countries, though we’re sure it had something to do with pesky licensing agreements. So, what shows, movies or music are you looking forward to?
Still eyeing a Google TV product? Thanks to TigerDirect you can grab one of the first Google TV product in the Logitech Revue for a mere $50 (refurbished). Normally $100, you can use a coupon code (TPF73771) to get $20 off a refurbished model up front, plus a $30 rebate to bring it down to a meager $50.
You have have until October 27th to order the Revue in order to qualify for the rebate. After the purchase, you have 30 days to turn in your rebate and get your money back. Hit up the source link if you’re interested!
As Google TV expands outside of the States and confirms its intentions to take over the world, it’s only fitting that it begins to invade itself into the homes of prospective markets in booming countries. With that said, Google has achieved a major collaboration with LG UPlus to bring IPTV set-top boxes to Korean households with Google TV preloaded. What this means is that Korea becomes the tenth country in the world utilizing the service, so users of the service will be able to dabble in all of the traditional Google TV goodies including apps like Search, YouTube, Google Play and Chrome.
The exciting this is this is the first IPTV provider to offer a Google TV experience, so this should open the door for many more offerings in the near-future.
Beginning today, Google TV users will have access to Movie, TV and Music content offerings from the Google Play Store. Similar to smartphone and tablet interfaces, purchases can be made directly from your big screen, and content that has already been purchased will automatically sync over to your TV. Additionally, developers have also received a major set of long-awaited features for Google TV including subscription based billing, auto-updating and smart app updates.
These features serve as much welcomed additions to Google TV, and hopefully indicate that Google isn’t quite ready to give up on the platform. So, do you own a Google TV? What do you think of the new features?
Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV owners are in for a special treat. Google has announced its Movies & TV app is now available for the Sony unit, which allows owners of the device to (finally) watch various movies and shows at their heart’s content. All we need now is for the app to appear on more Google TV boxes— but alas, one thing at a time we suppose. If you’re an owner of the device, head on over to the source links for more details– but don’t blame us if you lose time and/or productivity from watching all your favorite items.
Google announced on their official blog that you will soon be able to buy and rent over 600 Twentieth Century Fox titles in the Play Store. This is a major victory for Google as they are trying to compete with the massive content banks owned by Apple and Amazon. This new deal means that Google has a partnership with all six major film studios in the US, which could make the Play Store a more viable option for consumers.
Now when Google recommends something you might like, they could recommend Family Guy, X-Men or Black Swan. These titles should become available in the coming weeks, but starting today, you can already buy Prometheus, three weeks before its release on DVD or video-on-demand.
In late July, Google rolled out their new Google Fiber product to Kansas City. According to Capstone analyst Rory Maher, Google is now ready to expand to new locations. In a report on Business Insider today, Maher indicates he has been in contact with sources close to the Kansas City project and they are telling him “more cities will likely be bidding for Fiber soon.”
Google Fiber is Google’s entry into the physical plant side for television and Internet connections. Fiber gives them the opportunity to serve the “last mile” – the term used for the physical connection people use to access the Internet. The product itself includes HD quality television, a beefed up DVR capable of recording up to 500 hours and access via iOS and Android apps, and high-speed Internet service.
Is the Google Fiber product something you would be interested in coming to your location?