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LG Revamps Google TV Lineup

Consumer-Electronics Maker to Launch Two New Models at CES 2013 Next Month 12/27/2012 11:22 AM Eastern

Still hoping to gain traction with its Google TV products, LG Electronics will show off two revised TV models based on the Internet giant’s software platform at the 2013 International CES next month that the company says are easier to use and feature a sexier industrial design.

The new models, GA7900 and GA6400, are available in various sizes screen sizes. Both feature LG’s redesigned Magic Remote Qwerty to work with Google TV to “enhance the effectiveness” of voice search and the PrimeTime quick guide, according to LG.

The company did not disclose pricing for the new Google TV models. LG debuted its G2-series Google TVs in May of this year, priced at $1,700 for the 47-inch model and $2,300 for the 55-inch model.

Currently just 15% of all HDTVs are directly connected to the Internet, according to research firm NPD Group. About 60% of owners of connected TVs use them to watch over-the-top video, while other apps are far less popular, according to NPD.

The LG Smart TVs’ updated Smart Home screen uses “cards” that act as folders for streamlined access to apps and content. The new My Interest Card can also display personalized information including real-time weather and customizable news.

With the latest YouTube app update for Android, smartphones and tablets can be automatically paired with the LG Google TVs over the same home Wi-Fi network to send videos from the devices to the TV.

In addition, the new Google TV models employ LG’s “Cinema Screen” design, which minimizes width of the bezel to provide “a streamlined appearance while creating the impression of a borderless display,” according to the company.

LG’s Google TV sets also will include the OnLive app, which provides access to several hundred video games.

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