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Top Stories of the Week - January 7, 2012

Google plans IPTV push in 2012 with new partnerships

Google TV has a new interface and new hardware partners as the company has announced that it has brought new hardware manufacturers on board as partners for its IPTV service Google TV. LG is the biggest name to join the Google TV ecosystem this year and will unveil a new line of Google TV sets running on its own L9 chipset at CES in Las Vegas next week.

“Through Google TV, LG has merged Google’s established Android operating system with LG’s proven 3D and Smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and enthralling TV experience,” said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of LG.

Vopium Android App takes VoIP to new level

Vopium, a new mobile VoIP service provider, has announced a major update to its flagship application for Android smartphones and tablets. The new version of Vopium for Android features a streamlined user interface that improves communications and enhances the user experience.

Keeping pace with rapid innovation in the Android world, Vopium's application automatically optimizes itself to match each device's own resolution and screen size. The new app also includes a informative guided tour of Vopium's intelligent analytics of user habits and preferences that help maximize savings on local and international calls. A call wizard gathers call-quality feedback and provides the per-minute rate before each call is placed.

Mobile VoIP solutions users 'expected to triple in the next two years

Mobile voice over internet protocol (VoIP) solutions are becoming increasingly popular with users around the world – and another hike in demand is expected to be confirmed when results for 2011 are published.

In-Stat has revealed its findings for 2011 in question, with the headline result said to be its belief that subscribers to mobile VoIP services will triple during this time.

The key factor behind such a surge in demand for the technology is smartphone penetration, with numerous providers now offering services that, to some degree, give consumers access to mobile VoIP.

Russian firm offers TV with built-in Android-based STB

A Russian company is offering HD TV sets that will allow operators to deliver an IPTV services without requiring the deployment of set-top boxes. The company said its TVs integrates an Android-based IP STB, and enables users to watch live TV with interactive features, use electronic program guides, and access VoD movies. It also gives users access to all Android features, including Web surfing, social networking, gaming, YouTube, Skype, Google Maps and thousands of other applications on the screen of their TV.

ClearOne Broadens Its Unified Communications Product Line

Building on its legacy audio reputation, ClearOne recently announced it has broadened its popular line of Unified Communications products with the introduction of its first UC headsets. New models, designed to meet varying price and performance needs in enterprises, call centers and SOHO, accurately deliver hands-free audio for personal conferencing with privacy. The new headsets, marketed under ClearOne's CHAT brand, are the most affordable enterprise-grade USB headsets on the market.