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LG to unveil Google TV at CES

Net-connected TV to hit UK in 2013

LG has revealed it will unveil a Google TV at the Consumer Electronics Show, which will take place in Las Vegas next week.

The Google TV platform, which was first launched in October 2010, is based on Google's Android operating system and allows users to search for and watch programmes, both from the web and broadcasters, through their TV. Viewers can also run specific applications to stream movies and TV shows from websites such as Amazon, and also browse the web using Chrome and listen to internet-radio stations via their TV.

LG says its Google TV's interface and main screen have been "designed for convenient browsing and content selection". The device supports multi-tasking so users can watch TV, social network and search the web at the same time, while a 'Magic Remote' not only allows control of the TV function but also features a QWERTY keyboard.

The TV also users LG's own Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology, to ensure any program can be viewed in 3D at the touch of the button if LG's Cinema 3D battery-free glasses are used.

"LG has constantly strived to provide consumers with wider choices in home entertainment that bring the highest level of sophistication and convenience," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company.

"Through Google TV, LG has merged Google's established Android operating system with LG's proven 3D and Smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and enthralling TV experience."

LG said the Google TV will be made available in the US later this year, with a UK launch planned for 2013. The firm did not reveal pricing details.

Furthermore, the tech giant is also launching its own Smart TV platform based on NetCast, which it says will be available in more than 60 percent of its flat panel TVs that will be introduced over the coming year.

Logitech and Sony have already unveiled devices running Google TV. However, neither of these devices have been made available in the UK yet.

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