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Hisense leans on Google TV to try again in the US market

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  1. dtaylor

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    http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/7/3848652/hisense-google-tv-ces-4k-3d

    "Hisense took the space in the CES halls formerly occupied by Microsoft — a central spot in the Central Hall for a company few in the US have heard of. It's taking advantage of its high profile at the show to announce a few new televisions. The first is XT780, notable primarily because it has Google TV built into the set, though Hisense is (perhaps wisely) putting its own user interface on top of Google's, although it's as thin of a skin as what we've seen on its Pulse set-top box.. Hisense also announced that it was partnering with Marvell to power the TV, a sign that not every company feels the need to go quad-core for their smart TV features.

    It can be paired with a dual-sided remote control with a Qwerty keyboard on the back, and it looks like a decidedly utilitarian affair. After Eric Schmidt's failed prediction that Google TV would power the majority of Smart TVs, it looks like the search giant is regrouping a bit by partnering with lower-end manufacturers like Hisense and — so far anyway — having a much more muted presence at the biggest show for TVs in the US.

    Hisense goes all in with Google TV

    Alongside the XT780, Hisense is launching the flagship XT900, a 4K TV that also uses Google TV and comes with a detachable camera. No self-respecting TV company can be without one here at CES, apparently, and so Hisense has checked that box. Speaking of box-checking, the last TV is the GF6XT980, a glasses-free 3D set measuring 60-inches. It's just a "television concept" right now, but Hisense claims that "as this technology matures, Hisense plans to deliver it to consumers through mainstream product." That's not exactly a strong commitment, if you read between the lines. There's no price or release date for the non-concept TVs either, so we're not going to know whether Hisense's attempt at a CES splash will be a beaut or a belly flop for awhile."

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    Hisense XT780 with Google TV says hi at CES | News | TechRadar (click for full article)

    By Michelle Fitzsimmons January 8th 2013


    "OK, maybe it is the year for Google TV.

    Hisense joined the growing number of manufacturers bringing forth new Google TV devices at CES Monday with the announcement of the XT780, fulfilling an earlier announcement by the G-team that such a device was on the way.

    The HDTVs will come in 55- and 65-inch models, falling close to LG's new Google TV offerings, like the GA7900.

    According to Hisense, the XT780 delves even deeper into the company's experience with Google TV, allowing users to see even more intuitive content and viewing recommendations.

    Hisense boasted the XT780 is software upgradable and comes homed in with TV-optimzied versions of Chrome, Google Play, search, TV & Movies and YouTube.

    Netflix and Pandora are among the integrated features, while social TV and media services, email, shopping, news and online videos are all useable and viewable. Users can watch their favorite videos or shows while browsing the web and using social network, Hisense said.

    The screen also supports standard and high-def 2D and 3D content as well as Flash, HTML5, H.265, MPEG-4 and AVC formats.

    For those with split-OS personalities, the XT780 lets users jump between and share content on Android and iOS devices thanks to its multi-screen play feature. Users can share photos, movies and music on a device running either platform, making for a unifying experience all around.

    Hisense is including a remote control with the XT780, complete with QWERTY keyboard and mic for voice control.
    No details yet on availability or pricing, but we'll keep you posted."
     
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    http://www.androidauthority.com/hisense-smart-tv-google-tv-first-look-video-147091/ (click for full article)

    Hisense Smart TV with Google TV first look from CES [video]


    by Adrian Diaconescu on Jan 14, 2013


    "They might have not been the absolute stars of the show at CES 2013, but the new line-up of Google TV powered products did turn some heads, so it would have been a terrible shame for us to totally ignore them.


    Surprisingly (for some), one of the Google TVs that caught our eye the most in Vegas was one of Hisense's brand spanking new "Smart TVs". Why might that be surprising? Well, for one, Hisense is not exactly a household name in the industry - or at least not as strong as LG, for instance.


    Then again, we have to keep it real with you and admit - it's not like this TV set screamed for us and lured us in with its awesome looks and spec sheet, but more like we were very keen to seeing what Hisense was up to at the most exciting tech event in the world. We think you already know why, but in case you missed it the Chinese company recently launched the Pulse, which our good friend Derek Ross has called "the best Google TV set top box yet".


    Coincidentally (or maybe not?), it was again Derek who spotted the Google TV set from Hisense on display in Vegas, so, as anyone in his position would do, he whipped out his camera and immortalized the gadget for our viewing pleasure.


    We're unsure as to the exact size of the particular model caught on film by our colleague, but we know Hisense will be having an array of new TVs up for grabs starting in "Q1" (so, anytime now), with a 32-incher set to be the tiniest of the bunch.


    In terms of hardware, details are also pretty slim, but there should be a Marvel processor of sorts inside the Google TV, 2 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. As far as software goes, you'll be seeing a quick demo of the seemingly smooth and clean UI in the video, but of course it's way too early to cast a definitive verdict.


    Finally, let's say a couple of words about the remote, which looks basically the same as the one accompanying the Hisense Pulse set top box. The "teardrop" design is definitely eye-catching, but the functionality is where this excels the most.


    There are two equally impressive sides to the remote, one with a full QWERTY keyboard and one with more "traditional" controls as well as a comfy touchpad. But enough talking from me and let's give the mic to Derek!"


    Hisense Smart TV With Google TV First Look:
     
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    There is an error in the above article. The article states that the Hisense Pulse has 2 GB of RAM. It has been widely reported that the Hisense Pulse has 1 GB of RAM. And those guys are supposed to be "android experts"? Just remember anyone can write an article and post it to the internet - but doing so doesn't make it the holy grail:

    Hisense Pulse - GTVHacker (click for Hisense Pulse specs)
     
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