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Samsung To Launch Google TV Set In 2012?

Samsung is said to be in the "final stage of talks" with Google to launch a television set (or a range of them) in 2012 that uses Google's TV platform, commonly known as Google TV.

The Korean giant - which ranks as the world's number one flat panel TV manufacturer -currently has a SmartTV range which uses Samsung's own proprietary operating system.

Yoon Boo-Keun, president of Samsung's visual display division, told the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab) that the product (or products) won't be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

To say that the Google TV platform has been encountering teething problems since its launch would be an understatement. Logitech, which was the launch partner for Google TV with the Revue, has already said, via its CEO, that the project was a mistake, which has cost the company a cool $100 million.

In addition, Samsung has stated that it wants to use its own Bada OS in television sets in the near future. Expect Samsung to use ARM chipsets, possibly its own Exynos range, rather than relying on Intel, in a bid to cut its power consumption and development costs.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.