From the barrage of TVs launched by LG, seven of them are from their Google TV lineup. We first saw LG step into this scene in a big way in last year’s CES and this time round, they’ve updated it in several ways such as being powered by a dual-core CPU for fast menu navigation and web browsing, a new Magic QWERTY Remote to better tackle web content, incorporating PrimeTime quick guide to help discover content anywhere, SmartShare functionality (no NFC support though), a much slimmer bezel and more models supporting a 240Hz refresh rate. All of these aspects come together to improve the Google TV usage experience.
The new Magic QWERTY Remote has evolved to support natural language recognition (otherwise also known as voice recognition support) and works hand-in-hand with the new PrimeTime quick guide for some neat content search options. If you’ve never heard of PrimeTime, it’s assists you to browse and watch live TV and on-demand content, regardless of where they are showing. For example, a search of a movie title will give you options to watch it on YouTube, Amazon Video, or other online avenues. The same flexibility applies even if you’re not aware of the content’s name and you would like to use a text string descriptor such as that shown below:-
In the next example, we show the actual process by searching for an easy recipe to bake a chocolate cake:-
It looks like LG is sticking true to its name and making life simple with ongoing refinements to their product lineup and the new Google TVs for 2013 exemplify just that. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet as of when these TVs will make an appearance in our region.