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LG to Update Google TV with Android Jelly Bean OS

LG Electronics announced Wednesday that its Google TVs will be updated with the latest version of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

LG is showcasing Google TVs with the new operating system at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week.

Available in the third quarter, the update will enable customers to enjoy more applications, including games that provide more interactivity and advanced graphics.

In addition to boosting overall performance, the latest Jelly Bean update supports the Android Native Development Kit (NDK), so LG Google TV owners can have diverse selection of apps to choose from.

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Smartphone apps designed using the NDK will run on LG Google TV with little to no modifications, says the company.

With NDK compatibility, users can now play more games on the bigger LG Google TV screen. This level of compatibility makes it easier for developers to enter the growing Smart TV app market.

“LG Google TVs with the latest Jelly Bean operating system and NDK support will deliver an enhanced user experience and access to more great apps,” said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of the LG Home Entertainment Company.

“In addition to enabling users to enjoy advanced Android apps, the latest OS will also provide developers with new opportunities in the Smart TV arena.”

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The latest update will also include LG’s patented “3D Game Changer,” bringing a dimension to interactive games. The LG 3D Game Changer feature produces a fully immersive effect by displaying 2D games in enhanced 3D mode, for an effect previously available only in movies filmed with 3D equipment.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will be available as an over-the-air download for existing LG Google TVs in the United States starting in the third quarter.

Photo courtesy: LG Electronics

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