Google TV CES partners confirmed: LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio

“Google has removed the mystery from who its Google TV partners will be at CES with a full listing ahead of the show,” Electronista reports. “Some using chips from Marvell and MediaTek, TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio will all run the Android-based TV OS.”

Electronista reports, “Google TV in its first year has been broadly considered a failure. The decision to use Intel chips raised prices, and the lack of third-party apps often meant an Apple TV not only had more features but was more useful in practice.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Each one will come with a remote control that makes a Space Shuttle cockpit look button-free.

Thanks, but, we’ll pass with aplomb.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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32 Comments

      1. Sony will be more interested in joining this consortium as a gateway for providing content. They already have their own far more capable set-top box in the form of the PS3, but will want to get their films, TV shows, music and games out to as many customers as possible. It’s all about the content these days and Sony are perfectly placed to take advantage of that.

        Samsung and LG however are another matter. For them it’s make or break.

      1. Partners? Concubines is more apropos in this case. The Microsoft’s PC harem episode has emasculated many so-called “partners” such as HP, Dell, Sony and minions. These were giants in their own rights but since being roped into the Microsoft’s camp they had become useless eunuchs and had lost their mojos and balls. Now Google is taking the place of Microsoft and will have a far more debilitating effects on these US-based dependents. The only entity that will benefit from this arrangement is the racketeer and trojan horse, Samsung.

  1. (a) TV manufacturers are hungry for new features to give consumers a reason to buy a new TV … even including features that might not, in the long run, be particularly useful or easy to use.

    (b) TV manufacturers are anxious about the upcoming introduction of the iTV and don’t want to play catch up to Apple’s product in the way that tablet manufacturers have had to do.

    (c) Google is interested in capturing consumer eyeballs for search.

    (d) Google is anxious about the upcoming introduction of the iTV and don’t want to play catch up to Apple’s product they way they’ve had to do in tablets.

    Put them all together and they spell DEAL — as quickly as possible.

    There’s both a demand and supply of Android-TV, and that’s all you need to make a market. Quality is not the number one issue either for TV makers or Google. The objective is to get to the market first, and work on quality in subsequent iterations of the technology.

    It will be interesting to see whether the various TV makers teaming up with Google will have the right to alter the Android interface to suit their own purposes. If so, this will be the source of problems for Android-based TV buyers similar to those experienced by mobile phone buyers.

    1. “There’s both a demand and supply of Android-TV, and that’s all you need to make a market. Quality is not the number one issue either for TV makers or Google.”

      There is no demand. There is no market to make, this is a steaming pile of flop with whip cream on top. Grab your spoon and enjoy.

    2. Thomas is right.

      People thinking Google won’t get traction here don’t understand the industry.

      From a manufacturer’s perspective, they can add Google TV services to their sets at very little cost, and then market the he’ll out of them for all the features that it adds…Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, Hulu, Blockbuster, Angry Birds, the list goes on.

      They’ve already been doing this, and have found success using a variety of other platforms…Vizio for example, uses Yahoo TV. Now though, they have a free platform along with free apps for it and only have the added cost of the hardware (which they may have mostly been using anyway).

      Ultimately, consumers won’t have many choices to *not* get Google TV as almost everything but the lowest end sets will come with it, until (if) Apple releases a TV of their own…but don’t expect anything that Apple produces as a TV to come soon, or to achieve dominant market share, even if it is a success for Apple.

      1. Give me Hulu, and I’ll buy one tomorrow.

        But, I won’t get Hulu, will I? I’ll get Hulu Plus. So screw it.

        Oh, and Apple has proven time and again that you don’t have to be first to market to dominate. You just have to have the first solution that people actually want. Did Apple make the first portable digital music player? Did they make the first smartphone?

        If Apple’s product is as good as Steve Jobs believed it was, they will push the first-movers out of the way as soon as their product goes on sale.

        ——RM

        1. “push the first-movers out of the way”

          JooJoo |ˈjo͞ojo͞o|
          verb [ with obj. ] informal

          to displace someone or something from prominence by displaying superior characteristics or force; typically applied to introductions of new technology: Apple JooJooed the competition in one product category after another

          ORIGIN early 21st cent.: from JooJoo, a trademark for a promising but overhyped tablet computer: q.v. CrunchPad

  2. 1. This is evidence that Apple has ruled out licensing iOS to TV manufacturers, and that Apple is truly going to build their own sets.
    2. Don’t know what Android TV will be like, but you have to give Google credit for getting to market first with this OS in the set model. I had hoped Apple would take this route because I’d prefer to buy a TV from the manufacturer of the glass. Apple will have a hard time when every other TV manufacturer is offering Android OS based sets. Most people buy big screen TVs based on the quality of the picture. Even Android will be a step up from ALL current TV OSs. It’s a no-brainer for these manufacturers.

    1. There’s one flaw in your second statement – you think Android will give an apple-branded TV a hard time by flooding the market with TV’s running it. Has that ever stopped apple? Certainly not in the mobile industry, that’s for sure!

      1. Not only that, which I agree, but also Apple does not have to dominate this market. All it has to do is have the best solution out there and people will start to pick it up. Google will get once again Fragmented, once newer TV come to market with the next eversion of Android. At the end it will not be the software than wins, but the content. With TV it’s all about the content.

  3. So is this going to end up like a Plays for Sure, where Google eventually sees what Apple really has up its sleeve and then burn its partners trying to copy it? Think Zune.

    Either way, this is lining up exactly like all the other industries that Apple has upheaved. On its own, Apple designs a tightly integrated (but supposedly “closed” system) while these OEMs partner with an OS supplier for an “open” bunch of cheap and inconsistent crap.

    I know what I’m going to buy.

      1. Especially since Google’s last foray in this market was such a flop.

        Google doesn’t strike me as being willing to work properly with the content providers (not that the content providers aren’t also asses), so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. I expect this to be aborted just as the first attempt was.

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