updated 11:40 am EST, Fri January 13, 2012
LG and Google may make reference Google TV device
A pair of sources claimed Friday that Google was partnering with LG to develop a refernece Google TV set. Much like the Galaxy Nexus or the Nexus One before it, the display outlined to Bloomberg would run the latest version of the Android-based interface, possibly before anyone else, and would go without any customizations. The set would be running the next major version, which Google has already said should arrive before the end of the year.
Neither Google nor LG would confirm or deny that the TV was underway.
Google had multiple TV providers commit to Google TV at CES, but few were ready to show the resulting products directly on the show floor and might not be ready until months later. A reference Google TV set would be most likely to show at the Google I/O developer conference in June, a venue where Google often likes to show new OS versions and often gives out free hardware to those who got into the very limited-seating event.
A reference TV set would be somewhat unusual, since all Google TVs until now have already used the stock interface with very little beyond apps to separate them. Google may want to guarantee that new features are implemented or else anticipate that others will start changing Google TV and leave viewers without a set that represents Google's vision.
Any LG-made official set would follow not long before a rumored Apple TV set would arrive and could set up a contrast between the two approaches. Apple is rumored to be getting everything from Siri-based voice commands through through to a long-requested app platform.