Samsung Electronics TVs may use Google's Android Software

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Samsung Bloomberg reports that Samsung may make TV sets that run by Google’s software to compete with Sony and Apple in the market for TVs that access movies, shows and games online.

Yoon Boo Keun, the head of Samsung’s TV business, told reporters today at the forum in Seoul that Samsung has to see, but they're reviewing.

Jin Sung Hae, a Seoul-based analyst at Hyundai Securities Co., said:

“Android’s share in the smartphone market is increasing, so if you want to strengthen your product line-up, it’s an operating system that you would normally want”.

Yoon Boo Keun further that said besides their own Bada operating system and Android for its phones, Samsung is also developing an operating system that can be used for both phones and TVs.

Figures on Samsung and their TVs:

* Sales of Web-connectable TVs will increase about sixfold to 87.6 million sets between 2009 and 2013, according to forecasts by ISuppli Corp.
* About 50 percent of Samsung’s 3-D TVs offer Web-browsing features, and the portion will increase in coming years.
* Samsung will likely meet its sales target for TVs this year and will roll out more lower-priced 3-D TVs next year.
* Samsung aims to sell 35 million liquid-crystal-display TVs and 4 million plasma TVs this year, including more than 2 million sets that offer 3-D features.
* The company, which started offering 3-D sets in the U.S. in March, sold more than 1 million units by Aug. 31, giving it an 88 percent share of the U.S. 3-D TV market.
* Profit at Samsung’s digital media division, which makes TVs, fell 69 percent from a year earlier to 360 billion won ($306 million) during the second quarter.


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