The late, great Steve Jobs famously said in his biography that Apple has “finally cracked” the “integrated television set,” but it seems Google might have beat Apple to the game with its Google TV platform. LG is reportedly getting ready with new integrated Google TV sets in time for CES 2013 in January.
LG itself has announced that it will be releasing new Google TV by mid-2013, and these will come in 42, 47, 50, 55 and 60 inch diagonal sizes. Google TV will be integrated into the television set itself, rather than being sold as a separate set-top box. Apart from running IPTV content from Google, the new LG TV sets will feature proprietary technologies from LG, including its “magic remote QWERTY” keyboard.
Next year’s Google TV releases will run version 3.0 of the platform, and will feature voice recognition — perhaps something similar to Google Now — and will also feature Quick Guide, OnLive and Prime Time. Google TV lets users watch content while also accessing other services.
There are no details as to the specs at this point, and we will have to wait a few weeks until CES 2013 for more details. But given what we’re seeing at this point, I think this is a product that should be exciting because of its potential for changing the TV industry.