Specs and features aside, LG's decision to double down on Google TV is significant. The electronics maker currently offers two Google TV models in the U.S., both from the G2 series, with 47- and 55-inch screen sizes. Going from two models to seven with screen sizes ranging from 42 to 60 inches has the potential to put Google TV in the hands of more users at varying price ranges.
Although Google TV hasn't really captured the imagination of the public, LG appears accept Google's vision for the future of home TV. The company may even be trying to get ahead of HDTVs from Apple expected to make an appearance in 2013. Speculation is that Apple TV sets would focus on app-based, on demand television and entertainment. In LG's statement announcing its plans to show Google TV models at CES, the TV maker says it wants to build "on the success of its Smart TVs with Google TV."
The LG Google TVs are another development in a growing relationship between the two companies. Google in November rolled out a revamp of Google TV featuring more Google Play services plus intelligent voice search. The search giant said at the time that LG will be the first company to introduce the next version of Google TV.