LG to try again with Google TV in May
Keeping a close eye on the emerging Internet TV market, the South Korean company plans to relaunch a set based on Google's platform in the U.S. the week of May 21, Reuters says.
Last update: May 7 at 2:39 p.m. PT
Google TV is getting a second try at the marketplace this month, thanks to South Korea's LG Electronics.
According to Reuters, Ro Seogho, executive vice president of LG's TV business unit, told reporters in Seoul on Monday local time that U.S. consumers will be able to buy an update to the Google TV-based set beginning the week of May 21.
Seogho was referring to LG's G2 series, which was announced at January's Consumer Electronics Show. The TV -- soon to be available in 47-inch and 55-inch sizes for $1,600 and $2,100, respectively -- is LG's first line of Google TV-compatible televisions. But it's actually the first second-generation model, after Sony's 2011 GT1 series, which failed to generate excitement or sales among consumers.
Other first-generation Google TV offerings included Sony's Google TV-powered Blu-ray player and Logitech's Revue set-top box. The latter product met with disastrous sales, spurring financial problems that continue to plague Logitech.
Indeed, while Google initially had hopes of Google TV invading the TV market as Android did for with mobile, the product has so far appeared to be a dud. The LG G2 seems unlikely to reverse that trend, already earning a decidedly mixed review from CNET.
Features of Google TV include being able to use a smartphone as a remote control, searching the Internet on the TV while watching a show, and creating a home page with app launch icons and TV channels.
While the original Reuters story linked to above was vague on the product details, CNET has confirmed with LG representatives that Seogho was referring to the previously announced G2 product series described above.
CNET's John Falcone contributed to this report.