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Since its inception, Big G's Google TV product has largely been a disappointment. However, with a recent announcement, it appears the tech giant wants to up the ante with its smart TV platform. Google recently announced that it plans on expanding the numbers of manufacturers that will produce televisions, as the race to gain a lead in this major growth area intensifies. Many analysts expect Google's chief competitor in the smart device arena, Apple, to release its much-anticipated Apple TV product. Will its recent moves help Google gain a lead? Watch to find out.

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