While Google TV may have had some trouble finding mainstream success, it seems LG isn’t ready to quit the platform just yet. A renewed commitment to Google’s television OS might show its face this year as the recently trademarked “LG G TV”.
Announced during CES 2013, it was only earlier this year we saw LG’s 3rd generation Google TV equipped televisions hit the market. While it’d be easy to assume this is nothing more than a 4th generation version of LG’s television sets, we’re still too early in the year and CES is still a ways off. Instead — and this is still speculation at this point — we’re thinking LG might be entering the market with a new Google TV set top box or dongle, similar to the ASUS Cube or Chromecast. Also, trademarked was something being called LG Perfect Picture which sounds more like an app or special feature than anything else.
Earlier today we heard about LG’s plans to go big in 2013, pushing out everything from smartwatches to tablets, and even flexible displays. If electronic global domination is in LG’s plans for the future, Google TV could be a key piece of that strategy. Remember, it was back in May that Google CEO Larry Page paid a visit to LG in their hometown of Seoul, South Korea. It was there they were said to have discussed a better partnership and the expansion of Google products — Google TV being one of them.