Google TV not yet ready for prime time
By Robert Briel
Published: December 20, 2010 16.20 Europe/London

Google has asked makers of upcoming Google TV-powered television sets to cancel plans to show off devices at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as the company is working to refine its software, writes The New York Times.

In the US, Google TV has met with mixed reviews from consumers and experts, while the major US networks and content owners have hit the fledgling connected TV device with an outright ban of their content.

Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp were preparing to show off their Google TV models, but the paper writes that only Samsung might show two models incorporating Google TV. Another manufacturer, Vizio, is said to be showing a model ‘behind closed doors.’

Sony launched the first Google TV models last September. The manufacturer acknowledged that reviews of its Google TV sets have been mixed but remained upbeat about its prospects. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Hiroshi Yoshioka, Sony’s executive deputy president and head of Sony’s TV business, said sales of the Google TVs were “in line with expectations.“ He declined to give specific numbers, according to the New York Times.