China's Hisense arrived at CES 2013
with a brand new line of Ultra-LED (U-LED) XT900 televisions, which will be available in 65-, 84-, and 110-inch sizes. The company's XT900 line boasts an impressive 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution along with 120 Hz panels allowing for an active shutter 3D picture. The U-LED screen also incorporates local dimming technology to deliver a more dynamic contrast ratio.
With Sony's NSZ-GS7 Internet Player
and Vizio's Co-Star
, this week has been a big one for Android-based media streamers. Not to be outdone, Google has announced its Nexus Q media-streaming device at its I/O conference. The device, which is powered by an OMAP4460 processor, is something Google hopes will change the way people share their entertainment in the home. Nexus Q will stream HD movies, YouTube clips, music and Google TV content from the cloud.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of Sony’s NSZ-GS7 set-top box
, Vizio has unveiled its own Google TV-based device that merges live TV with streaming entertainment in the form of the Vizio Co-Star Stream Player. Connecting the device to a HDTV will turn it into a smart TV capable of surfing the Web full screen using Google Chrome with support for HTML 5 and Flash content, accessing Google Play apps, streaming online video content, and – in a media streamer first – playing games via the OnLive cloud gaming platform.
After nearly two years of availability in the United States, Sony is updating its Google TV offerings running on the Android platform, and making them available in a number of international markets. With the upcoming release of the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player and NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV, Sony will be the first major manufacturer to launch Google TV devices outside the U.S. Both units will also come with a redesigned remote control that features a touchpad and QWERTY keypad for easier navigation of content on the big screen.
The latest player in the Internet-to-your-TV world is the Boxee Box by D-Link. This set-top device is likely to put up a fair fight in the face of some big name competition including Apple TV
, Sony Internet TV
(armed with Google TV) and Logitech Revue
(also running Google TV).
In May, Sony and Google announced a strategic alliance to develop new Android-based hardware products. The partnership is bearing fruit in the form of Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV. It seems that most premium new release HDTVs come with Internet connectivity
these days but one of the big differences offered by Sony’s Internet TV devices is a Dual View feature that lets viewers watch TV and surf the web at the same time.
Smart TV has landed. Logitech has announced a full line of products to allow users to make the most of Google TV, including what used to be referred to as a set-top box with a specially designed keyboard controller, a high definition camera that fits on top of the HD television and a smartphone app that will turn an iPhone, iPad or any Android device into a system remote. Users will already need to have a HD television, a satellite or cable provider and a broadband line to benefit from the unit and accessories, but can then look forward to additional online content played through the TV and seamless search across all available programming.
is billed as the world’s largest consumer electronics and home appliances tradeshow, so it's fitting that the closing address for the 2010 event was delivered by the CEO of one of the biggest players in the technology space – Dr. Eric Schmidt of Google Inc. He discussed the age of the smartphone, cloud computing, plus some tasty samples of Google TV and what's just around the corner for the Android platform including a game-changing tool for mobile speech translation called "conversation mode"... read on for a summary of the key points.