LG Electronics Inc, plans to launch internet-enabled TV based on Google`s platform in the United States in the week of May 21, as the South Korean firm seeks to gain a larger share of the emerging internet TV market, a senior LG executive said.
Google TV allows viewers to access Google services such as searches and YouTube videos on their television screens.
Ro said LG will decide whether to expand the offering to Europe and Asia after reviewing sales performance in the US market. LG gave no shipment target or details of prices or screen sizes.
The move reflects an aggressive push by the duo to defend against a potential threat from Apple Inc, which reshaped the handset market with its iPhone smartphone and is widely expected to unveil a full-fledged TV product later this year or early next year.
"Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and US consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21," Ro Seogho, executive vice president of LG`s TV business unit, told a small group of reporters.
BdST 1745 HRS, MAY 7, 2012
Sabbin Hasan, ICT Editor
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