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World's First Android-Powered HDTV Launched In Europe

World's First Android-Powered HDTV Launched In Europe

The world's first Android HDTV? Sign us up! A Swedish company with one of the wildest names we've ever heard has just claimed to have produced exactly that, with People of Lava (the company) announcing the Scandinavia (the HDTV). It's a weird combination, but the actual product looks great from way over on this side of the pond.

Interactive televisions aren't new; many Web-connected sets were introduced last year, and now some of them are even out on the market. But none of the connected TVs out now have an open source OS that is as familiar as Android. With Android, the world of possibilities is far larger, enabling consumers to see Facebook/Twitter feeds and possible even run Android widgets right on their set. Android has found a home on many things, but TVs isn't one of them. Yet. Imagine using an Android TV with an Android tablet on the coffee table and an Android phone on your ear. Too much Android? Never!



Initially, the TV will ship in a 42" version, with 47" and 55" models to come later. It will boast a Full HD (1080p) panel, which will be LED backlit. There's even a USB port thrown in, but the price of 2000 Euros means it won't be affordable for everyone. It's expected to ship in Europe this September, and for some reason we get the impression that this won't be the last Android television we hear about this year.

-Out of the box Android TV applications such as:
-YouTube, Google Maps ,Weather, Time, Calendar, Internet Browser
-Downloadable Apps, both free and from coming App-store:
-Facebook, Twitter, Email and more...
- Internet connection
-USB connection
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Wonder if it has any internal storage, or if you just use the USB port for that. Seems like a great alternative to a media-center PC for the non-technical buyer.

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Wow, that's not a bad use of Android at all.   I wonder if anything like that will come to the US and if so how it will compare to something like Visio's HDTVs with internet apps.

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:D i would love to have one. The android HDTV remote would be a android phone (comes free of course) i wish :P. TV would be a whole new system in a few years... it already is now!

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Inspector:

:D i would love to have one. The android HDTV remote would be a android phone (comes free of course) i wish :P. TV would be a whole new system in a few years... it already is now!

Didn't Vizio announce something like this back @ CES in January?

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And i thought it was powered by a cell phone hardware :)

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This is a surprising use of Android hardware and a glimpse into what can be called Google TV. Only one thing concerns me.

If we already have desktop computers, how will this TV serve us exactly?, since most people have a computer that can mostly do the same stuff as the TV.

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I rather like this concept. What we are doing now with TV's, is making them more than a mere TV. They have so much more potential than to be a table trophy with a cable or satellite connection plugged into it. 

Make it interactive! Just like we see here. Companies with hard to pronounce names are revolutionizing the way we think of Televisions. 

I predict that in the future anything that has a visual display on it will enable this features. 

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Taylor you may never know, T.V's can one day destroy PC's... (ya right... not happening :P lol)

This TV will serve you as a extra pc that does less :P. I don't have my PC in my living room so it would help to browse the web while the ads are on :)

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It might not destroy PCs, but it might put a dent in those iMac type of computers.

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They're gonna sell the heck out of them, I'll bet.

We'll have them in America post haste and they'll sell like crazy here too.

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One world one solution. That still seems to be the underlining theme.

Yet, if you already have your PC connected to the TV in your wireless network. What would be the need or advantage of this?

Now that we can set up our PC's for Home theatre, and work and connect everything wirelessly. That would be the best option and more likely the cheapest in terms of cost to productivity value.

I am sure an HP PC connected to the 60", and having a HP slate on the coffee table, and a EVO that doubles as a remote, would be much more productive, cheaper and probably way more upgradable.

I do hope it makes Apple bring down their prices, Yeah right! Of coarse giving Lucas more money so he can give more jobs to people in Singapore is always the goal, Right...! (srksm)

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"Yet, if you already have your PC connected to the TV in your wireless network. What would be the need or advantage of this?"

It saves you the space needed to place the PC :P lol. and it costs less then getting a  new TV and PC to hook up(PC you already own and TV does not count here :P lol)

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I wonder what the interface device would be, touchscreen would be awkward on a screen like that, but a remote would be limited. I hope you can connect USB mice/keyboards/extra storage via a hub.

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sp12:

I wonder what the interface device would be, touchscreen would be awkward on a screen like that, but a remote would be limited. I hope you can connect USB mice/keyboards/extra storage via a hub.

I think it will allow people to have a wireless keyboard and mouse but I think it'll be a remote-based interface.

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You use a tablet to control it :P lol.

That might be kinda cool if it was a tablet looking thing that controlled it.

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Not 100% sure about this... A USB connection? That kind of hurts the aesthetics. Anyways, why is all these advancement in technology only coming out in Europe? They get everything before us Americans lol. 

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have a look at logitech and sony on google.com/tv and you will see the future of internet tv its got google behind it. As much as this lava TV looks great it does not have enough financial backing to get it "out there" unlike logitech and sony who have signed up to google tv.

with google tv you can log into your account at anyones home(or on the move with your android handset) who has Gtv and watch your content. combining search and video. move over bbc its time for a licensing reform.

I want to watch what I want to watch, and I am not paying for useless content that they subject me to on a saturday night any longer.

At 200 quid thats your answer...It starts now.

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