LG has announced that it will bring its Google TV sets to the United States later this month, with sales set to begin during the week commencing May 21. The Internet-connected sets are powered by the Android operating system, and they offer viewers a whole host of smart features like access to YouTube, Facebook, VEVO, the Google Play store, and more.
Ro Seogho, the South Korean company’s executive vice president, confirmed the move to Reuters this morning, revealing that Google TV production would begin in LG’s Mexican plant from May 17:
“Production of Google TVs will start from May 17 from our factory in Mexico and U.S. consumers will be able to buy the product from the week of May 21.”
LG’s Google TV sets are powered by quad-core ARM chipsets, and they are coupled with full-featured remote controls with QWERTY keyboards and motion controls. The company declined to comment on its shipment targets, prices, or screen sizes for the U.S., but it did hint that the sets could make their way to Europe and Asia if they do well in the U.S. market.
Reuters reports that this move is part of LG’s push to defend its business against a potential threat from Apple. The Cupertino company is reportedly developing a “revolutionary” new set that will feature smart gestures and Siri integration for release sometime later this year.
Are you planning to add an LG Google TV to your living room later this month?