Sony, Sharp and Philips are on the bandwagon and will release TVs based on Android TV in 2015. Android TV combines streaming services, apps, and a game console in one platform. It will also be available in small TV streamer boxes.
LG has a range of new OLED TVs coming out in 2014 as well as new Ultra HD and Full HD TVs. LG is also introducing a new webOS-based Smart TV platform that looks promising. Could 2014 be the year where LG establishes itself as the leading Korean TV innovator?
Panasonic is introducing their new AX900 with “plasma-like picture quality” and a range of new Full HD models – some very basic, some with advanced features. Panasonic is also introducing a new Smart TV user interface called Life+ that recommends relevant content.
In 2014, Philips will introduce its first TV with the new Android-based Smart TV platform. They will also launch Ultra HD TVs and TVs with twin tuners, Miracast screen mirroring and a new Cloud TV app that streams TV channels over the internet.
Philips recently announced their new 2011 TVs that also comes with new functionality. One of the new innovative features is Dual View Gaming which basically means that you can use two pairs of 3D-glasses to see two completely different images on one TV - simultaneously.
Philips Dual View
Sony already talked about a similar dual-view functionality in 2010 but Philips is the first manufacturer to bring it to the market. Philips hopes that their Dual View features will be accepted by PlayStation 3 console gamers.
You have probably already tried multi-player features on PlayStation or Xbox. In most multi-player games the screen is divided into two - either vertically or horizontally.
With Dual View Gaming you can watch completely different images on a TV. It requires 3D glasses but also greatly enhanced the multiplayer experience. The 3D glasses then separate the TV into two different 2D images, one for each player.
At the moment the technology only works with PlayStation 3 because it is the only gaming console with 3D support. Philips has considered expanding the Dual View feature to other areas such as Dual View TV watching but at the moment only gaming is supported. A challenge is also the two separate audio streams, Philips says.
Take a look at the Dual View gaming feature in the video (recorded by Recordere.dk) below.