The Korea Times is reporting that Larry Page, co-founder of Google has been in talks with both Samsung and LG in Korea last week.
Page met Lee Jay-yong, Samsung's vice chairman and son of owner Lee Kun-hee. A photo released after their meeting showed Lee with his hand on Page's shoulder, while another showed Lee, Page, Samsung Corporate Strategy Office head Choi Gee-sung and mobile division chief Shin Jong-kyun.
In contrast, LG Electronics CEO Koo Bon-joon kept a low profile in his meeting with Page.
"Larry Page invited Koo for a meeting while he stayed in Seoul last week. They discussed ways to improve their business partnership. The meeting lasted for more than an hour," sources told The Times."They exchanged views about the latest mega trend in the global information technology (IT) industry. They also discussed how to form an alliance in futuristic projects as part of the big picture."
Jason Mick at Dailytech.com reports.
While Samsung insists on developing its own proprietary software for its SmartTVs, LG completed in 2012 a deal to adopt Google TV. It only launched two models in 2012, but this year it's looking to expand the mix of Google TV's in its lineup, which primarily features SmartTVs with a proprietary OS. LG is trying to figure out how best to balance Google TV, its recent purchase webOS, and its older proprietary OS in its line.
Google's TV OS has struggled, but the company doggedly continues to pursue it, expecting this to emerge as a key market. Reportedly Google may look to pair with LG to do a special "Nexus TV" OLED set, beating rival Apple, to the market with a flagship model.
With Samsung recently cutting a deal with Opera to use it's TV engine for their Blurays, and with Opera rumoured to be in talks and cutting deals with almost all competing TV manufacturers (Opera is selling TV licenses in the tens of millions according to one source), fragmentation looks to be on the drop and more consolidation could be on the horizon. Particularly with HTML5 maturing (of which Opera had a large part to play in developing the specs).