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LG, TCL, Marvell to Show Google TV 3.0 at CES 2013

CES 2013 might be the best year for Google TV as we see new smart TVs from LG and TCL featuring voice recognition and PrimeTime TV navigation GUI.

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Julie Jacobson · December 28, 2012

Fewer technologies have been panned as much as 3D and Google TV, but the latter has some new life thanks to LG Electronics, the chipmaker Marvell and TCL Corp., the company behind Thomson and RCA.

At International CES 2013, LG will demonstrate two new TVs with the latest Google TV 3.0 built in. The new models, GA7900 and GA6400, will be available in a variety of sizes.

Key to the new smart TVs is the navigation capabilities. The “Magic Remote” has a QWERTY keyboard and built-in mic for receiving voice commands.

In the past, Google TV has suffered from a troublesome GUI, which makes it hard to navigate its many Web- and TV-enabled features.

The new voice-recognition feature allows users to “open applications, find YouTube videos, visit websites and much more. Searches are quick and incredibly smart, distinguishing between actors, genres, titles, TV channels, apps, etc., so you’re just a few spoken words away from exactly what you want,” according to LG.

The new Google TV also has a feature called PrimeTime, which brings easy navigation to TV viewing, allowing users to access favorite channels, recently watched shows and live TV.

While we’re not hearing much excitement about Google TV 3 from other TV manufacturers, we did receive a teaser today that TCL Corp., allegedly the fourth largest TV producer after Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic, will introduce the “TCL MoVo with Google TV 3.0” at CES 2013.

TCL is partnering with chip-maker Marvell Technology Group on the product, which will be demonstrated at a press-only event during CES.

According to the press invitation, the product includes “TCL’s state-of-the-art Personal Box Office technology, which automatically recognizes individual family members and tailors content to their preferences.”

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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