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Samsung Electronics are reportedly in last-stage talks with Google to roll out its Google TVs. Samsung have previously displayed Google TV-enabled Blu-ray players and companion boxes at CES in January this year, but they never commercialized those offerings.
But, president of Samsung's TV division, Yoon Boo-keun, has said that Samsung plan to unveil its Google TV at an event next year without elaborating on the schedule, only saying that they were working with Google on the upcoming rollout.
He also said that Samsung's Google TV products would differ from competitors products. Google just last month unveiled a revamped version of their Google TV service, in the hopes that it would be pushed into living rooms across the world. Yoon has also confirmed Samsung will unveil TVs featuring next-generation OLED displays at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas in January.
And hopefully one for me? Both Samsung and LG are set to flood the halls of CES 2012 with 55-inch OLED TVs, with South Korean sources believing that they will launch just in time for the 2012 Olympics. Prototypes of the 55-inch OLED screens, which are promising less power consumption, thinner profiles, and perfect response times (YES!), were tested and approved earlier this year.
Samsung have thrown away its existing Fine Metal Mask (FMM) process and replaced it with Small Mask Scanning (SMS) to create the large-screen OLED TV. LG on the other hand has gone with white OLED with color filters to create the prototype.
The TVs are quite expensive to produce, so a pilot-run is expected to launch next summer followed by the launch of more units by the end of 2012. Sources suggest that Samsung and LG will hit mass-production of the TVs by 2014. CES 2012 kicks off in Las Vegas on January 10, 2012. I obviously know what I'm getting next year. Surround Vision setup? Three 55-inch OLED screens with amazing response times, uh yes thanks!
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Everyone is waiting on Apple to "reinvent" the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer has recently confirmed that Sony are stepping up to battle, too. Stringer recently said during a breakfast hosted by The Wall Street Journal, that:
There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set. We can't continue selling TV sets [as we currently do]. Every TV set we all make loses money.
Stringer said that he has "no doubt" that Steve Jobs had intentions of designing a brand-new kind of television, but also stated that "it will take a long time to transition to a new form of television". Reports have floated around that Apple would use its Siri voice control engine on their yet-to-be-announced television set, where Stringer wasn't specific on how Sony would reimagine the television set.
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After using my Samsung GALAXY S II for the past week, I have fallen in love with its Super AMOLED Plus display. Hearing this news today, is great. Currently, the display technology standard that powers most PCs and TVs is LCD. LCD of course, has its issue such as limited viewing angles, poor colors, motion blur and input lag.
Most people don't seem to notice it, but its there. When compared to an IPS panel, or CRT set, it is instantly noticeable to most people. There are various types of LCD technology in mainstream use today which attempt to solve the issues, but none fix all of them. TN panels are cheap to buy, relatively fast (they're the ones that power 120Hz screens) which reduces motion smear and input lag, but the shortcomings are viewing angles and color accuracy. Good for gamers, but not great for video or picture work.
BenQ are set to release two new screens aimed at FPS gamers, they come in the form of the XL2420T and XL2420TX. Both screens are 24-inch, 3D display models that support NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 technology. Both also feature LED-backlit TN panels with native resolutions of 1920x1080, a 2ms GTG (gray-to-gray) response time,
Typical brightness sits at 350 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. Backing these specs up is of course the 120Hz refresh rate (oh so good), three port powered USB hub, D-Sub, DVI, two HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. BenQ go out of the square here, with Display Mode and Smart Scaling functions will allow users to change their monitor view from 17" (4:3), 19" (4:3), 19"W (16:9), 21.5" (16:9), 22"W (16:10), 23"W (16:9) to 24"W (16:9), with two special FPS modes specially tuned for Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike Source.
Users can do this by accessing Game Mode Launcher, an online service for storing game presets. Both the XL2420T and XL2420TX include BenQ's S-switch remote control, which allows users to change display settings and modes. The XL2420TX also features an integrated IT receiver and a pair of 3D glasses.
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Rumor has it that Apple could be preparing to launch the long-rumored Apple television in 2012. The project is reportedly being led by the same software engineer who developed iTunes, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the product. Jeff Robbin, who helped created the iPod, is set to be leading the Apple television development.
Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, believes that Apple already has a prototype in the wild, and could be prepared to launch it late 2012, if not, early 2013. But, Munster has been saying this since 2009, so we should always take that with a grain of salt. Rumors have floated around of an Apple-branded television set for years now, but what has changed the playing field is Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs.