Many of us own smart televisions, but one of the greatest pains is sharing content to them from a smartphone or tablet. It just never seems to work as you think it should, with many TV and smartphone companies coming up with their own, sometimes proprietary, solutions that often don’t work well (or at all) with other brands. Samsung Smart TV owners will have experienced some of this frustration, which makes the Smart View app an interesting proposition with Samsung adding support for other brands as well as other operating systems. Read more
Korean tech giant Samsung has announced that it is bringing its payment service Samsung Pay to its smart TVs, allowing users to conveniently purchase content without having to go to another device.
In pursuit of your living room is a brand new line of smart TVs and a set-top box from Hisense. The H6 smart TV line will have Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 PLUS HD Media processor to run Android 4.2.2 behind the scenes. This new smart TV line will come in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes. Other specifications include Energy Star 6.0 and 1GB of RAM. In true smart TV fashion, the H6 line can run Hisense’s Social TV and Cloud Services apps. The remote that ships with the TVs has voice control and an air mouse give you that PC feeling you desire.
If you’re not in the market for a new television, then the Pulse PRO set-top box is what Hisense is offering. All of the same features from the H6 line come over to this set-top box and can be plugged into any television. Your run-of-the-mill media apps are available, too. Also, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and WiFi connections are all available. Hisense has yet to show the hardware to consumers and have not made the prices public either. Read more
LG will be getting into the processor game pretty soon, as rumors are swirling regarding a new processor from the manufacturer called “Odin.”
It was originally thought that LG’s L2 would feature Odin, but instead offered a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.
Now, DigitalTimes is reporting that LG has said that Odin has two versions. One has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and has an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, and the other has eight cores with ARM’s Mali-T760 GPU. The SoCs are currently being tested, but an announcement date is not mentioned.
Source: Digital Times
Xiaomi, the low-cost smartphone device manufacturer that recently lured Hugo Barra away from Google, is back in the news again with their announcement that they are poised to start selling a new smart TV device in October dubbed the Mi-TV. The 47-inch television will come with a 1080p full HD, 3-D display. Powering the screen will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of memory. Xiaomi is also including a variety of streaming content standards like Miracast, Airplay, and DLNA to help users take advantage of their devices. The device will run Xiaomi’s heavily modified version of Android called MIUI that has been customized even further for the Mi-TV.
Thus far, Xiaomi is only selling their devices in China and Taiwan and the Mi-TV’s availability is expected to be the same. Xiaomi indicates the Mi-TV will be available starting in October for 2999 yuan ($490 USD).
Smart TV manufacturers that have opted to feature a YouTube streaming application on their televisions have run into a bit of a wall lately with Google— the company will now be requiring all manufacturers to undergo and pass a Smart TV “browser conformity test,” which can take up to three months for Google to complete. That’s going to be a major issue for manufacturers that want their TV’s to hit the market as fast as possible. Not only that, but Google is requiring the YouTube application to be placed on the main apps page on each of these TV’s, which may seem a bit controlling and, what one industry insider said, were “coercive sales tactics.”
While it’s certainly admirable that Google is taking an active role with manufacturers that are using their products, it does seem like a bit too much at this point. We’ll see what the manufacturers decide to do in the coming months.
Source: ET News
In case you haven’t noticed, in the world of consumer electronics there is a continual effort going on to enable consumers to share content between their mobile devices and non-mobile devices like TVs. An example of this is Apple’s AirPlay system that gives users the ability to mirror iPad or iPhone content to their Apple TV. Apple’s solution enables some other features as well like initiating playback of remote content. Key to this is the ability to discover AirPlay capable devices. Great if you are part of the Apple ecosystem, not so great if you use other solutions or have hardware from other manufacturers. Netflix and YouTube hope to provide an alternative for non-Apple consumers and have launched DIAL with the backing of several other parties. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Hulu and the BBC are backing the effort to develop and implement the DIAL protocol. Read more
TV manufacturer Haier may be a mainstay in many living rooms out there, but it is using CES to introduce itself and its brand into the Android world by launching its HXT 3D Smart TVs. The special line of TVs will arrive in a super slim profile, but come packing a major punch featuring a built-in quad-core Snapdragon processor and operated by the latest version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2). Additionally, the television will also feature a specialized WiFi Direct QWERTY remote, giving users of the device all sorts of additional functionality and umph.
Unfortunately, Haier is staying mum on how much the Android-powered TV set will cost or when it will be available, but we suspect that both will be known sooner than later.
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LG hasn’t just been focused on developing awesome smartphones, but it’s also been focused on developing awesome TV sets as well. LG has unofficially introduced its 2013 Cinema 3D TV lineup ahead of CES next week. The biggest noteworthy aspect of the new TVs is the fact that they will arrive with full NFC capabilities emphasizing LG’s “Tag On” technology– allowing users of the TVs to pair the TV sets with their NFC-enabled smartphones using an NFC sticker and effectively streaming content with minimal, if any issues. Additional features of the new TV sets includes things like a faster CPU processor, a new Magic Remote which is a motion-sensing pointer and voice-controlled device that features Miracast and of course, higher-end models featuring a near bezel-less design.
We know you’re all itching for some more details and shots of the TVs up close, so be sure to stick around with us next week at CES to get all the details and shots you can handle.
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).
Source: LG Newsroom