LG plans US Google TV launch for May 21

LG Google TV

LG is expected to release an internet-enabled Google TV on May 21st. The smart panel is aiming to compete with the upcoming Apple iTV.

LG’s Google TV is reported to be launching on May 21st by Reuters, which claims to have got the dates from an LG executive.

While Google can expand its advertising to your living room, LG should be able to continue shifting TVs at a rate that can compete with Samsung and, soon, Apple.

What does that mean for us? Google searches and YouTube accessible from your armchair with, hopefully, a fast and stable browser. Further details can be found in our CES 2012 show report.

Sadly, the LG Google TVs will initially launch in the US only. If it is successful, Europe and Asia will also get their hands on LG Google TV soon, probably just in time to beat the Apple TV launch we’d wager.

And don't expect Samsung to be far behind – it too plans to launch Google TVs.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.