LG first Google TV partner to offer enhanced voice search, guide

Michelle Clancy | 16-11-2012

Korean consumer electronics behemoth LG Electronics (LG) is throwing its weight behind the next generation of Google TV by becoming the first to incorporate intelligent voice and greater search functionality into its Google TV offerings, the LG G2 Series Smart TVs.

"LG's G2 Series TVs bring the content-wealth of the Internet to life on a TV that is packed with the latest technologies, including superb picture quality, lightning-fast processor speeds and our acclaimed Magic Remote, all on one screen, without the hassle of extra cable or TV boxes," said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment said, in a statement.

Voice Search is available through a convenient button and microphone on LG's Magic Remote. Google TV PrimeTime (previously the TV & Movies app) offers LG G2 Series users a choice of more than 100,000 movies and TV shows available on live TV, Netflix, Amazon, HBO GO and other on demand channels. PrimeTime searches through an extensive content library to find almost any show or movie with the option of viewing it on live broadcast TV, through an on demand application or a website. A quick guide has been added to allow consumers to scroll through favorite TV channels and movies while watching content on the larger screen.

Google TV now also includes a feature that automatically pairs consumers' smartphones to LG G2 TVs via Wi-Fi. This allows consumers to instantly play a YouTube video from their Android smartphones or tablets on their LG G2 TVs.

"Voice Search and the intelligent search engine were developed to make finding the content consumers want simple," said Kwon. "Voice Search will take you directly to the channel, show, website, YouTube video or application of your choosing with a simple voice command." Even if consumers do not know the exact title of a programme, they can search by actor or theme.

Mario Queiroz, vice president of product management at Google TV, added, "With this update, Google TV will make search and discovery of great entertainment even faster and easier. Combining features like Voice Search and improved browsing with the speed of LG's G2 Series brings people an even more exciting home experience in the living room."

The G2 series LG Smart TVs with Google TV are available in 47- and 55-inch class sizes at $1,699.99 and $2,299.99 respectively.