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Samsung Smart TV With Google TV On Display At IFA 2012, Ships 'Later This Year'

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    Samsung Smart TV with Google TV on display at IFA 2012, ships 'later this year' (update: hands-on) -- Engadget (click for full article)

    By Richard Lawler posted Aug 31st 2012 4:30AM
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    "It wasn't a part of Samsung's IFA 2012 press conference, but Samsung is showing off Google TV hardware for the first time since CES 2011 (pictured above), and will release a Smart TV with Google TV later this year.


    According to its press release and a blog post by the Google TV team, it will "enhance the Smart TV experience" with premium content from its Samsung Apps services. How exactly it will be merged we should see soon, but now that ARM chips are powering a cheaper, more conventionally built experience we figure whatever hung up the deal has been squashed. We should get an eye on it if it's anywhere on the show floor soon, as well as the Google TV box from Hisense, and Sony's NSZ-GS7 which already launched in the US and UK, but is coming to Germany, France and the Netherlands soon.


    Update: We caught up with working hardware at Samsung's booth, but the device was disconnected from the internet, so we weren't able to take it for a proper spin. You can take a somewhat superficial look in our hands-on gallery below, along with the video after the break."
     
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    Google TV needs more positive press like this, now if product reviewers will take the time to learn how to use the devices before writing reviews things could really start to improve, in terms of something positive for consumers to read.
     
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    Samsung Adds Google App Store in TVs to Replicate Linkup - Bloomberg (click for full article)

    By Jonathan Browning - Aug 31, 2012 11:16 AM ET


    "Samsung Electronics Co., the largest maker of televisions, will combine Google Inc. (GOOG) services with its Internet-connected TVs, overcoming previous differences over how to replicate their partnership in smartphones.


    In the U.K., Samsung plans to offer TVs with the Google Chrome browser and Android application store before the end of the year, said Hyun-suk Kim, head of Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung's TV business. While Google wanted to make its Android system available for TVs, Samsung has worked to establish its own TV platform, he said.


    "If Google will create then we have to work with them because they could be dominant," Kim said in an interview in Berlin today. "Google TV has been out there for two years but still we did not find the right experience with them yet."
     
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    Samsung adds Google TV to its Smart TVs: Chrome, YouTube, and Google Play store (video) | The Verge (click for full article)

    By Ross Miller on August 31, 2012 02:39 pm

    "Although, yes, this is technically Samsung's first Google TV device, a more accurate description for what we saw today at IFA would be that the company is adding Google TV-related apps to its already expansive SmartHub suite. But those three apps arguably make up the entire Google TV experience: Chrome (without Adobe Flash support), YouTube (updated from its previous version to be much snappier and support keyboards), and most importantly the Google Play store (with "most but not all of the Google TV apps," according to a Samsung representative we spoke with).


    Using Samsung's own Smart TV Wireless Keyboard is practically a requirement given all the search bars involved. It's definitely a value add for Samsung's lineup, but if you've already got an Android phone or tablet (or anything in between) laying around, the experience is going to feel subpar in comparison. A Google TV-infused Samsung smart TV is due out it this year, and while we tried it out a 6000 Series TV, even then the representative would not confirm what television models would get the apps or when."
     
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    Even if this new Samsung Google TV also has the SamsungHub suite (with Samsung's own apps) - that doesn't mean it's a slam-dunk that it will have Hulu Plus IMO. Both LG and Vizio also have their own app ecosystem - however on their GTV models Hulu Plus, Vudu, MLB app, etc. are left off and not available. It's because of licensing issues......
     
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    I am pretty sure if the box is a Google TV device, it won't have Hulu Plus or Vudu because of the licensing issues. No Vudu and no Hulu Plus are my biggest complaints, I use a PS3 or other Blu-ray player for those services, a laptop for the sites blocked to Google TV and Google TV for everything else internet TV related. I would llike to move Hulu Plus and Vudu to the Google TV column as well.

    The other internet apps that will distinguish one box from another are not going to be services that haven't been licensed for use with Google TV. LG, Samsung, Vizio, Sony, etc. may have licensed Vudu and Hulu Plus for HDTVs but once Google TV is added to certain models, I feel certain those services are prohibited on those displays until things change.
     
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    I can't quite put my finger on it - but something about the tone of most of these articles - leads me to believe that Samsung might pull an "end-around" and come out with an android television with Google Play access (but not the official Google TV platform). If they did indeed do that - that would be a way to get more apps on the TV (vs. the official GTV version).

    The only thing that I read that pointed to a definite Google TV by Samsung - was the official Google TV Blog.

    Earlier this year Samsung shunned GTV at CES - and instead unveiled an android TV box with built-in web cam called the "InTouch". I'm not sure if they moved forward with that either. I haven't seen it in stores. See link below:

    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/...19-samsung-launch-smart-tv-converter-kit.html
     
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    Google Can Leverage Samsung Partnership To Drive TV Revenues -- Trefis (click for full article)


    Samsung Electronics, the largest television maker, will partner with Google to provide the latter's services on Samsung TVs. This is a continuation of their partnership on the Android platform which has catapulted Samsung into the market leader in the smartphone space globally. As part of the TV partnership, Samsung will seek to offer the Chrome browser and the Android apps store on its TVs by the end of the year. We think this TV partnership can pay dividends for both companies as users will prefer to have a similar OS experience across their media devices.


    We were slightly surprised earlier when Google announced its plan to sell Motorola's home business division as it gave the company a platform to make a stronger entry into the home business segment. However, the announcement of a partnership with Samsung provides more insight into Google's TV strategy and provides explanation for the planned sale of Motorola's home business.


    It seems that Google wants to tackle this industry with a smartphone-like strategy, focusing on software rather than hardware. Until now, Google's attempts to enter the TV space have not been as successful as desired, but we think that the partnership with Samsung will help its browser and app store gain market share led by Samsung's leadership in the TV industry (captured 19.2% of all flat-panel TVs sold in Q2 2012)."
     
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