Fears of Google TV's demise were a little hasty, though it certainly hasn't cemented the marriage of the Internet and HDTV as a perfect union in its first iteration. But the platform has earned a couple of wins at CES, with first Vizio and now Samsung agreeing to create hardware with Google TV baked in.
Samsung has announced that it will be building a Blu-ray player "and companion box" that possess Google TV functionality. Engadget has a photo of the two devices sitting next to each other on the CES floor here. Rather than just creating a Google TV companion box (like the Logitech Revue) or Blu-ray player (Sony's Internet TV Blu-ray Player), Samsung is showing a willingness to test out both options. As is typical of Google TV hardware, the Samsung Blu-ray player and companion box will come with a remote that features a QWERTY keyboard and an internal microphone to enable voice searching.
Of course, no pricing has been announced, but Samsung has said the Google TV devices are expected to ship sometime in the half of 2011.