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Vizio has always been known as a flat screen television company. They’re certainly planning on expanding that role to offering Google-platform gadgets as well. It’s expected that the company will be showing off not only Google TV at CES, but an Android tablet as well. In the TV space, this is in direct competition with their major rival, which is Samsung who has been rumored to be working on Google TV as well.
We’re hoping to get a look at the Vizio Google TV product at CES. What’s interesting about Google’s television offering is that manufacturers are able to create hardware on their own. Examples of this can be found with the difference between Sony’s Google TV and Logitech. While Sony has a handheld controller that looks like something you might use with a Playstation, Logitech utilizes a full keyboard.
The key element for Vizio’s Google TV product to become popular is how they develop the user interface hardware. Hopefully they have come up with something that is innovative. Will Vizio save Google TV? That might be a tall order. I think Google’s next software version is going to be the saving grace.
The New York Times is reporting that several hardware partners working on Google TV devices are being asked to delay any product unveiling that might have happened at CES. This is due to the fact that Google wants to be able to update the software that runs these devices. Google TV currently lacks an application marketplace and has received a lukewarm reaction since its launch.
It seems like the platform is starting to have trouble selling devices; the Sony Blu-Ray player with Google TV has been discounted heavily. But consumers have complained that it is hard to use, likely because it doesn’t replicate the traditional television watching experience.
Does this delay shows that Google has issues partnering with hardware manufacturers?