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Google’s Eric Schmidt envisions Google TV on majority of new TVs by summer of 2012

Google’s Eric Schmidt envisions Google TV on majority of new TVs by summer of 2012

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has become the unofficial chief bearer of good news for his company at the LeWeb Conference in France this year, in his onstage interview just today. Known for lofty predictions (such as his anticipations for self-driving cars and semantic search engines) when he speaks at conferences, Schmidt spoke about his big plans for Google TV, which he believes will embedded in the majority of new television sets by the summer of 2012. That's quite a prediction to make, even for the Google Chairman, especially since not much ground has been broken by Google TV, at least at the moment.

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Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Xbox TV puts Microsoft ahead of Apple and Google

Gaming has long been Microsoft's wildcard: while the company struggles to find its feet with Windows Phone, and faces a difficult tablet market when its Windows 8 slates finally appear, the Xbox 360 continues to sell strongly. Now Xbox TV has arrived to not only reassure 360-owning gamers that they made the right console choice, but broaden the 360's appeal to a whole new segment. It's not entirely fashionable to praise Microsoft, especially when it's over something that, buried in the company's history books, they've tried and failed at before. Smart TV has suffered the usual ignominies and from the usual flaws: sluggish hardware, confusing interface, dawdling internet connections. Now, with Xbox LIVE TV, all the pieces seem finally to be coming together.

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Lenovo LeTV smart TV coming Q1 2012

Lenovo LeTV smart TV coming Q1 2012

Lenovo is the latest company to plan a smart TV push, with the Chinese firm announcing it plans to unveil the first "LeTV" - along with a cloud service for shared multimedia - in Q1 2012. The company declined to detail the LeTV technically, the WSJ reports, leaving questions around whether it will be another win for Google TV or instead run a home-grown OS.

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YouTube offering Disney and Pixar movies for rent

YouTube offering Disney and Pixar movies for rent

YouTube has been stepping up its content offerings to bolster its movie rental service that started about a year ago but has yet to put much pressure on services like Netflix. It added about 3,000 new movies for rent back in May and now it's also getting Disney and Pixar movie titles, 1,000 of which Netflix just lost access to when it failed to renew its deal with Starz.

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Samsung Google TVs coming 2012

Samsung Google TVs coming 2012

Samsung has reconfirmed it is working on Google TV products, with the Korean company's TV division chief confirming that the sets would be revealed at an event in 2012. TV department president Yoon Boo-keun revealed the ongoing negotiations this week, Reuters reports, as well as insisting that the Samsung Google TV products would "differ from those of competitors" in an unspecified way.

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Google Music app launches for Google TV, music purchases on Android Market

Google Music app launches for Google TV, music purchases on Android Market

Just as Google affirmed with their announcement yesterday, their music service is "opening up to a broader audience and that it will integrate with the music store on Android Market to make music discovery, purchase, and sharing easy and fast." Well, the Google Music App has just launched right now for the Google TV, as well as the Android Market now opening up to music purchases to select Android smartphones. So for all you Android and Google TV users out there, feel free to start downloading and listening to your favorite tunes.

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LG Google TV launch tipped for 2012

LG Google TV launch tipped for 2012

LG is readying its first Google TV for launch in January 2012 at CES, insiders claim, as Google prepares its second attempt at the smart TV segment. Specifications for the new LG are unclear, with Bloomberg's pair of sources "with knowledge of the product" only confirming that it will be a TV set with Google TV functionality integrated. It will be one of the first to use Google TV 2.0, which offers third-party apps and a redesigned interface.

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