LG to launch first Google TV sets in late May

Google TV is about to finally expand its reach once again. Reuters reports that LG will launch its first "smart TVs" with Google's operating system later this month. According to a spokesperson for the company, "Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and US consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21."

The same spokesperson added that LG will consider releasing Google TV-based products in other countries based on the reception that they receive in the US.

This may be one of the last chances for Google TV. The software was first launched in 2010 inside a line of Sony Bravia TVs and as part of Logitech's Revue set-top box. However, reviews of the first version of Google TV were poor and so were the sales. In 2011, Logitech shut down production of the Revue. Sony also no longer makes the same Bravia models with Google TV installed.

Google released a 2.0 version of Google TV in late 2011 but the update, while fixing some issues, still had its share of problems. Google also announced that Samsung and Vizio would launch Google TV products in 2012, but so far those TVs have yet to be released.

Google's Eric Schmidt promised in December 2011 that "by the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded". Summer is almost upon us, prompting Neowin's Brad Sams to ask: So, where the hell are all those Google TVs at?

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Does that mean that Google will replace TV ads with their own which implies I don't need to pay TV license anymore?
Also, I wouldn't trust my privacy with Google.

Too bad LG TVs are terrible; the HDMI/HDCP handshake always has issues on multiple models, and it was never addressed. I'll never buy another LG TV.

Now that GoogleTV is Honeycomb based (before it was 2.x based), a re-designed interfaced, and growing (but still limited app market), it should do better.

Part of the Logitech Revue problem is was priced too high at launch.

Wow.. that does not leave much room for error or even quality control. 4 days from beginning of production to retailers homes, that seems very short.

May this is one of the reasons Google TV has failed in the past. I hope they did their homework.