Vizio to Demo Google TV Sets at CES
Vizio will dash the theory that Google asked TV set makers to halt shipments of new Google TV appliances by introducing two new Google TV sets at the Consumer Electronics Show.Rumors of Google TV delays by hardware partners may have been exaggerated. Vizio on Jan. 3 announced it would demonstrate TV sets and Blu-ray players preloaded with the Web-meets-TV service at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.
Vizio said it will show off the VIA Plus 47-inch XVT3D476SV and 56-inch XVT3D556SV HDTVs at their private CES showcase at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas beginning Jan. 6.
Google TV Product Manager Rishi Chandra expressed his pleasure with Vizio's move in a brief blog post Jan. 3. "Vizio is making a new line of TVs and a Blu-ray player incorporating Google TV that will hit shelves later this year," Chandra wrote. He reaffirmed that Google will roll out developer tools and the Android Market for building Google TV applications. The Vizio news comes just two weeks after The New York Times said Google asked TV set makers to delay introducing Google TV-based products at the 2011 CES so that the company can improve the software. Logitech, whose Revue companion box was the first Google TV device to hit the market, vehemently denied that Google asked for a stay. The company noted that Google TV updates are delivered over the air and independent of the hardware, making it senseless for Google to request manufacturing stoppages from hardware partners.