LG took to the stage this morning for its CES press event, ready to start talking about its 2013 product line.
The company started things off by focusing on NFC, and what it could mean for connected, “smart” appliances. This makes a lot of sense for LG, seeing how invested it is in home appliances, and it intends to use NFC to easily enable paring between these machines and your smartphone, which you’ll then be able to use to connect with and control them wirelessly. LG intends to fully leverage the power of smartphones for this, so instead of just tapping buttons in an app, your phone could respond to voice commands, giving you hands-free control over your appliances.
Sticking in the same vein of smartphone interaction with other home electronics, LG then presented its new wireless video streaming system, including support for Ultra HD (future-proofing for 4K HD systems), and 3D video.
As LG started focusing its presentation more on specific smartphone models, it got to talking about the Nexus 4 a little, and its comment that the phone is “the first in a growing partnership” suggests that handset collaboration with Google could be more than a one-off event. Maybe we’re not talking another phone, exactly, but it sounds like at least something could be in the works.
Unfortunately, the big news we were hoping for, that the company might have a 5.5-inch 1080p Optimus G2 to add to its lineup, didn’t happen. Perhaps LG’s just waiting for MWC, in which case we’ll just have to wait until the end of February to get the scoop on the rumored Android smartphone.