Is Google TV about to get a new hardware partner at last? Thats what Bloomberg is reporting today. Its new report, based on unnamed sources, claims that LG plans to introduce a new television at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas in early January 2012. The new TVs may have Googles television-based software built inside the box.
If true that could be a big boost for Googles efforts to offer up software that blends watching TV and surfing the Internet. The software debuted in 2010 on Logitechs Revue set-top boxes and on a line of Sonys Bravia televisions. So far the results have not impressed reviewers. Indeed, as we learned earlier today, Google TV has also not impressed Logitech, who announced this week it was discontinuing production of the Revue box after poor sales.
So far theres no word if Sony will continue to support its Google TV Bravia televisions. The TVs were the first to receive the big Google TV 2.0 update which was released a few days ago. The update redesigned the Google TV interface and offered more downloadable apps, including games and other programs.
The same Bloomberg story hints that Samsung might join the Google TV bandwagon at some point. While that may or may not happen, at the moment it looks like Googles efforts into TV software integration have yet to offer any major successful results.