Google delays its TV sets

GOOGLE has asked manufacturers to delay the launch of TV sets based on the internet company’s software.

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.

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

Google did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

TVs with Google’s software let viewers surf the Web directly from TV sets. Apple has a competing device, Apple TV, which allows users to watch their iTunes collection on TV.

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