December 20, 2010, 1:16 PM — Google has reportedly asked LG, Toshiba, and Sharp to hold off from introducing Google TV-based products during next month's Consumer Electronics Show. The search giant appears to have caught stage fright as the dates for the annual trade show -- January 6-9 -- approached. Instead of introducing Google TV as is, the search giant has asked its partners for more time to refine the Web-meets-TV software, according to The New York Times.
A third-party applications store for the Android-based platform is among the expected refinements -- Google previously said this feature will come to Google TV in 2011. Earlier this month, Google rolled out its first Google TV software update, which includes an improved Netflix app and a remote control application for Android smartphones.
Samsung and Vizio Not Waiting
Two companies purportedly not ready to wait for Google are Samsung and Vizio. The manufacturers will go ahead with plans to introduce Google TV products at CES; however, the Times says Vizio will show its Google TV-enabled sets in a private room and not on the main show floor.
Samsung's decision to forge ahead without Google is not surprising since the company did the same thing with the Android 2.2-based Samsung Galaxy Tab. Around the launch of Samsung's tablet, Google's UK-based Product Management Director for Mobile, Hugo Barra, told TechRadar that Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) wasn't designed for tablets. Samsung recently reported it had sold one million of its tablet devices.
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