Will New LG Magic Remote Hurt Samsung Smart TV Sales?

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A bitter battle between Samsung and LG is set to break out this month as the two Korean giants go head to head in Australia in an effort to prove who has the smartest TV.Both organisations are currently before the Federal Court in Sydney after Samsung accused LG of engaging in misleading advertising over their Cinema 3D advertising.

Samsung claim that LG is not only misleading consumers they are failing to deliver “true” full HD with their Cinema 3D TVs.

On the 17th and 18th of April both companies will launch a new generation of TVs that come with dual and quad core processors.

While Samsung is tipped to push tablet remotes with some of their new premium TVs that will come bundled with a 7″ or 8.9″ tablet, LG is set to bundle a clever new remote that allows users to simply talk to the remote .

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The voice control functionality for the Smart TV Magic Remote is very clever and extremely accurate.

During a play with the device at the 2012 CES show in Las Vegas I was able to easily navigate around the screen. The remote allowed me to search online for movies such as ‘Mission Impossible’.

The new remote which is tipped to be revealed in Australia on the 18th of April could be a blow to Apple who has been researching a Siri type device that allows users to talk to a multitude of screens.

The Korean manufacturer potentially stole a march on the heavily-rumoured Apple iTV at CES in January by introducing plans for voice navigation on its impressive Smart TV connected sets.

Overnight LG said their 2012 line up of Cinema 3D TV sets will come with the Magic Remote’s voice control tech directly out of the box.

The addition of Voice Control allows users to speak commands and conduct searches. On one occasion I was able to say ‘record ABC at 7.30pm with a 20 minute buffer’.

SmartHouse has been told that future users will be able to deliver these commands from both smartphones and tablets from anywhere in the world.

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