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New Google TV with Honeycomb Gets Previewed at CEDIA


In the Sony booth at CEDIA, there is a Blu-ray Google TV box that is up and running Honeycomb in case any of you are in the area and want to get some hands-on time.  The upgrade is expected to be out some time soon as a way to revive the struggling platform.  We aren’t sure if the Logitech Revue or this Sony unit will receive the update first, but the folks at Logitec are expecting it to arrive by the end of September.  If you want to get a quick glimpse at the brand new OS that appears to make Google TV worth using again, jump into the video below.  And afterwards, make a decision on whether or not you should go pick up a Logitech Revue for $99 – yeah, they are still available.  

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Via:  Engadget

  • Really hoping this comes to the Sony Google TV series… just bought the 24″ for $298 from amazon , it’s awesome and works great, but Market would be really great… and the “dual view” picture in picture needs audio control and some fixes… hoping Honeycomb will bring that.

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  • Sublime8696

    Yeah, but can it run Crysis?

  • I love my Revue, mainly use to browse international content & few shows on History, Food Network, etc. Very happy so far. 

  • Anonymous

    If I didn’t have TiVo…

  • Devintothemax

    You have a logitech spelling error the second time you put it in. Just letting you know in case you want to fix it lol.

    • Good catch Mr. Grammar Nazi

      • Devintothemax

        Why thank you sir 😀

  • Anonymous

    This video really doesn’t do Google TV justice — my Revue is great even without the Honeycomb upgrade, but you’d never know from this horrible demo and the disinterested person delivering it.

    We had a Labor Day party and before too long people were fighting over the keyboard to play videos, do web browsing etc. and were quite impressed with the device once they saw some of its practical uses vs. the hey look – kitteh videos.

  • $99 is a good price, but i think i rather put that money towards a google tv box that can play some games as well. Angry Birds on a 40″ screens seems live a novel idea.

    • Lito31

      Are you saying that once Revue gets the honeycomb update, it wont be capable of running angry birds?

      • I’ve read that it’s does not have a very powerful cpu and could not handle games well. If it can then awesome. 

  • Anonymous

    DAMN that looks slow… had my hopes high.

  • Swould

    Bought the Revue  for the $99… even as limited as it is right now you can use it quite a bit….not a gaminging engine by no means but great for netflix, web based email, other online video content, even can hook in to a home network and stream from home  media server…for the price it does Hell of Good at what it does… and having built in logitech Harmony functionality. all you have to do is enter your device’s make and model # then you can program the keyboard remote to do almost any of your devices functions… I’m VERY happy with my purchase and look forward to the Update. Additional Apps will add even more value…

  • Do you have to have satellite or Cable to enjoy this?  I opted out of both for Netflix and Hulu and all the other wonderful sites that provide TV shows.  This seems good for me because i can surf the web, enjoy my apps, and watch Netflix.  The price is right as well.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t really sell myself on one until it integrates into comcast set-top boxes. (unless it does and I’m just misinformed?)

    • Swould

      I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t.. it does a HDMI pass through… so it should work with any set top box that ustilizes HDMI output… you hit the pic in pic button and your tv image reduces then you can control the revue while the tv image is in the lower panel and then hit  the live tv button and you’re back to your set top box feed… i don’t have COmcast so i can’t speak to if the Harmony functionality will allow you to control the set top box completely from the keyboard remote.. but i’d say it’s deffinatly worth the $99 to try…. get it at Best Buy and you can return it within 30 days if it doesn’t work how you expect.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, see I would want real integration. When I said “integrate”, I didn’t mean HDMI pass-through.

    • Stender
    • Anonymous

      I know the Sony TVs work fine with Comcast. I don’t even use my Comcast remote, everything is through the Sony remote. The TV has IR Blaster outputs that trigger the other devices, simulating their remote. So my TV, Cable Box, Roku, and Blu-Ray are all controlled via the Google TV remote. I would imagine Logitech would be the same thing, just a different remote.

      • Anonymous

        DVR integration and the guide feature works properly?

        • Anonymous

          I don’t subscribe to DVR service, but if I hit the Bookmark button on the remote the set-top box shows the “You are not subscribed to DVR service” message, so I would say yes.

          The guide from the set-top box also comes up when I hit the guide button on the remote. If you want to use Google TV to search for a channel or show, just hit the Search button on the remote and type what you’re looking for. I really have no issues with the integration.

          Honeycomb is what I’m waiting for, with the ability to browse the Market for third-party apps. That’s what will make my purchase worth it, since I’m a developer.

    • Anonymous

      I know the Sony TVs work fine with Comcast. I don’t even use my Comcast remote, everything is through the Sony remote. The TV has IR Blaster outputs that trigger the other devices, simulating their remote. So my TV, Cable Box, Roku, and Blu-Ray are all controlled via the Google TV remote. I would imagine Logitech would be the same thing, just a different remote.

    • yes! i want my motorola comcast/charter boxes to have honeycomb some time in the future! but for some reason i really doubt comcast or charter would do that… even though it kinda seems smart on their side…  i think itd be awesome but i cant say i know much on the matter, any thoughts from someone who knows better?

      • Anonymous

        Actually, the set-top boxes were part of Motorola Mobility, which Google now owns, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t happen in the future. Although, I’d rather see them have Ice Cream Sandwich, since that’ll be out in a month or two.

    • Yes it does. Works well except using different keys than my normal remote. The search feature is great though. instead of going through everything on the box just start typing & it finds it for u. $99 isnt a small amount but for the few features of it i use, its worth it

  • I bought one of these for $99… I actually really enjoy it.  The integration is relatively seamless.  Very excited for the update.  Even my technologically incapable fiancee loves it, which is amazing.

  • Barbacoa

    and here is (yawn) the sports app… (stretch, yawn)…. 

  • Guest

    OK so let me get this right.  For $99 dollars I get to watch a “loading video” screen, people running on some random street, a fake fireplace, and some childrens books?  OK Sold!

  • Phil Stout

    Just give me the update!

  • That had to be one of the least exciting videos ever. They really need to step it up if Google TV is to ever take off.

    • john patterson

      What did you expect? Honeycomb isn’t even released yet for google tv and they just released the sdk to developers to start making apps. Did you think after like 2 weeks we would have hundreds or even thousands of apps with google tv support? What would you like them to show us if most apps still don’t have support yet? I never developed an app but I know it doesn’t happen overnight. I personally liked the the video since honeycomb on google tv looks much better then 2.2