Polaroid plans to roll out a couple new products for the upcoming CES 2014, among them being the new 50-inch Roku Ready Smart TV, model 50GSR7100. As you may image, this offering is a smart TV that runs Roku's popular channels-based interface. The functionality comes via the Roku Smart Stick, a dongle that, in this case, is integrated into the TV for always-there access to apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, and more.
Word has been circulating since about mid-December that LG is planning to unveil a new smart TV powered by webOS at CES 2014. The webOS operating system hasn’t exactly found a successful niche in the tech world so far and LG thinks that niche may be in the smart TV market.
Samsung's 2014 Smart TV line will be a step up from the 2013 models. The company described a few of the details in an announcement today, one of which is "finger gestures" -- a fine-tuning of the gesture controls already included in the Smart TVs. Samsung will demonstrate the features in full at CES 2014 in early January. For now, here's a sneak peek.
LG will bring its first webOS smart TV to CES next month, with the former Palm platform making its living room debut. The new TV will run webOS - which LG acquired from HP earlier this year - on a 2.2GHz dualcore processor, LG researcher Hong Sung-pyo confirmed this week, ZDNet Korea reports, though most other details are unknown.
Electronics and appliances manufacturer Hisense this week announced two new products. The main offering is the H6 smart TV, which relies on a Marvell HD media processor and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). The Pulse PRO, which also runs Android 4.2.2, brings the Hisense smart TV suite of software and services to any HD TV. Pricing details and official images were not released.
LG has been forced to explain why its Smart TVs were collecting viewing information despite owners switching off the privacy-impacting feature, promising a future update will disable the contentious glitch. Reports that records of channel, broadcast source, and TV platform had been transmitted to LG by its sets broke earlier this week, with one owner spotting that his Smart TV was tattling on his viewing habits even when the "Collection of watching info" option was turned off.
Samba TV, formerly known as Flingo, today released a slew of apps for Sony devices, including Bravia TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, and Blu-ray Home Theater devices patched into Sony Entertainment Network. The apps detect what is playing on your connected smart TV and automatically push related interactive content, which can then be accessed on second-screen devices such as smartphones and tablets or via the TV. This development expands Samba TV's reach to 30 million devices worldwide.
Despite having been around for a while now, Google TV has never taken off in a big way, and some speculated that Chromecast would serve to replace it. Google's Sundar Pichai put such concerns to rest in July, however, saying that Google TV would live on as a "full-fledged Android for TV." While the company's intentions with its television platform haven't changed, word has surfaced that the Internet giant has dropped the Google TV brand, replacing it with a rebranding of "Android TV."
Samsung's Galaxy Gear may be in a committed relationship with the Galaxy Note 3 right now, but the Korean firm is considering integrating the smartwatch with future TVs, it has revealed. The wearable, which we reviewed earlier this week, could be used to collect and feed fitness and health information from viewers to their smart TVs, Samsung director of product marketing Ryan Bidan told Computerworld, with the possibility of a new S Health app for living room use.
Though at first this little dongle seemed (in preview mode) to be a cool competitor for the Google Chromecast - it was revealed the same week, after all - here in its official show-off from Sony, it's become apparent that the BRAVIA Smart Stick wont work with just any television. Here we're to understand that this device will plug in to a full-sized HDMI port [CORRECTION: MHL plug for BRAVIA televisions 2013 and older, only] and act as a Google TV device - that means Android App support straight from the Google Play app store. This Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick also works with voice search support and a QWERTY keyboard courtesy of a paired remote control.
On this auspicious day for device announcements, Chinese company Xiaomi has chosen to unveil not only one, but two, interesting smart devices. The first is the rumored and much-awaited third iteration of Xiaomi's popular smartphone, the MiPhone 3. But a surprise guest star has also arrived in the form of a 3D-capable smart TV, currently dubbed as the MiTV, for lack of a better name.