Google to delay launch of TV sets: report

Google Inc CEO Eric Schmidt introduces Google TV, blending web technology and television, in collaboration with various partners, at the company's annual developer conference in San Francisco, California in this May 20, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

BANGALORE (Reuters) - Google Inc has asked some manufacturers to delay the launch of TV sets based on the internet company’s software, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the company’s plans.

Google sent out word to some hardware makers last week asking them not to announce additional products yet, saying the delay may allow the company to improve its software, the paper said.

However, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will go ahead with its launch of Google TV products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, WSJ said.

Google did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

TVs with Google’s software let viewers surf the Web directly from TV sets.

The initial Google TV devices are offered by Sony Corp and Logitech International SA.

Reporting by Santosh Nadgir in Bangalore; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter