LG’s Google TV Equipped 3D LED TV
We simply spent some time with LG’s Smart TV with Google TV – it’s the company’s very first TV running the Android-based OS, and it’s added a number of interesting turns to the usual formula. Of certain note is the remote, which has a scroll wheel instead of the middle button on the D-pad and eschews a touch pad in favor of Wii-style movement control for the mouse. The movement control works about as well as the original Wii, which is to say it’s pretty imprecise. The scroll wheel / D-pad combo is genius – or it would be genius if scrolling web pages wasn’t incredibly choppy and slow. We’ll chalk all of these mistakes up to early software and out of alignment calibration after a hard day on the CES show floor for now, but things should get considerably smoother for this to work as an everyday navigational tool.
Apart from that, LG’s overall skinning hard work is pretty nice – it’s definitely far more tasteful and refined than anything we’ve seen the organization put on its mobile phones, and it makes things like transforming inputs and tweaking settings simple enough. LG’s not saying when this thing is coming out or how much it’ll cost, but we’re guessing it’ll be at least few months to obtain polish and performance up to par.
After being shown off at CES this year, LG was one of a few manufacturers ushering the new era of Google TV’s. Only problem was, without any specific launch details, many have been left wondering exactly when to expect these all new GTV equipped 3D televisions. Well, it looks like a Korean financial firm has it on good authority that the first wave of LG Google TV’s could be hitting US stores as early as this week and priced at $1,600 and $2,100 for 47-inch and 55-inch sizes, respectively.
During our CES coverage, we showed you guys LG’s all new LED televisions that not only feature Google TV inside, but use an improved passive 3D technology, eliminating the need for expensive active-shutter frame glasses. If you’ve been keeping up with the rumor mill, it’s been whispered that LG has been working directly with Google on a “Nexus” branded Google TV, that when combined with Google’s upcoming home entertainment system, should effectively complete their plans for total living room domination.