LG launching HDTV sets equipped with Google TV on May 21

Summary:After unsuccessful first-generation products from Logitech and Sony, LG will be releasing sets based on the second-generation Google TV platform starting in two weeks.

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" could be the motto for Google TV, the search giant's snake-bitten attempt to enter your living room. The latest foray, after unsuccessful first-generation products from Logitech and Sony, comes courtesy of LG, which announced that it will be releasing sets based on the second-generation Google TV platform starting in two weeks.

While Reuters reports that "LG gave no shipment target or details of prices or screen sizes," there are two LG sets with Google TV currently listed on Amazon -- the 47-inch 47G2 for $1,599 and the 55-inch 55G2 for $2,099.99, both 3D models that come with six pairs of 3D glasses and will ship in "2 to 4 weeks". Our sister site CNET recently reviewed the 47G2, and found it to be "a disappointing attempt at Google TV" with "a frustrating user experience."

And therein lies the crux of the problem with Google TV, which has been plagued with interface woes since its debut. The second iteration did address those problems, but it still remains to be seen if that was sufficient enough to win over consumers. Despite already having its own "smart TV" platform, LG is clearly hoping the Google TV technology will be a way to stand out from its peers.

Would you be interested in purchasing an HDTV equipped with Google TV? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Topics: Google, Hardware, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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