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Google TV Won’t Die, Update to Support Chromecast Coming Later This Year


Yesterday morning, Google launched Chromecast, a $35 HDMI dongle that plugs directly into your HDTV, allowing for easy media streaming straight from the web. Good news for Google TV lovers is that support for the device is coming in an update later this year according to a Google employee. 

No word was given on how support would come for existing systems, either software or hardware update, but the good thing to know is that it is coming. The Googler’s post was connected to this update from the official Google+ page of the GTV developers.

With the exciting news about Chromecast we are getting a lot of questions mostly wondering if Google TV is dead.

No, in fact partners are continuing to launch new Google TV-enabled HDTVs and boxes. As we announced at I/O, we are working with partners to bring the latest experience of Android and Chrome to devices later this year. We believe there is ample room for both products to exist and succeed.

In addition, Sundar Pichai told the Wall Street Journal that new Google TV devices are coming soon and that Chromecast would not be replacing GTV.


Via: +Warren Rehman | @Amir_Efrati

  • Pavel Lukyanchykov

    What about Logitech Revue? Can it be updated too?

  • Chippah

    I have the new LG 47″ Googletv. (you can get them for under $900 shipped. $1k for the 50″)

    Its FAST – Streams 3D HD video from my Nas via plex server.
    has built in Mic and a voice search button.
    too lazy to find a channel? Hit the button and say
    “history channel” – Boom your there..

    “youtube – Freddie Krueger” boom your there.

    My 5 yr old son and his old ass Grandma uses it every day and love it.

    the point is that the Google tv (we have 2) are way more robust than the chromecast dongle, and are assets in my house.

    Google TV ftw!

    • michael arazan

      Paid $250 for a Toshiba 42″ HDTV, added an android stick and made it a smart tv now for way less than $900, but I have to budget, i wish I could get an LG smart TV

  • ddevito

    Damnit – canceling my chromecast order!

  • Adam Millinger

    Is the revue obsolete at this point?

    • tharealoc

      It is, i wish it wasnt…the revue could have been great if logitech didnt screw it all up

  • tony

    Am I the only one who has been using Chromecast for months on my Sony Google TV (original)?

    • tharealoc

      Nope, I’ve been doing the youtube casting for months on my (crappy) revue. But since the revue is crappy, iI’ ready to move on to the chromecast

      • Pavel Lukyanchykov

        Why is it crappy? Mine works perfectly fine. It has no chromecast-like streaming. But it has Youtube, Netflix, Music, etc., and it can stream files stored on devices in network. Not from browser and apps.

        • tharealoc

          well, for mine anyway: the optical audio cuts out or completely stops randomly, it is slow as molasses, chrome crashes when trying to search anything. the only thing that functions decently is Netflix streaming..I know all this could be fixed with a good software update, but Logitech screwed this device from the start by pricing it originally at 400 bucks. Don’t get me wrong, mine has served me well, but I’m ready to drop the revue as soon as my chromecast arrives.

    • addicuss

      No chromecast is different. Unless you’re asking “Am I the only one that has been watching youtube on my tv already without chromecast?” in which case the answer is , no not at all. Millions of people already do that.

  • timmy

    I’m getting bored with Chromecast/Nexus 7 news…more MotoX leaks/news

  • Eric

    Where the hell are the pictures? From page looks really boring…

    • Apparently adblock is blocking the pictures of any posts by Tim.

      • Kiril Vatev

        I know without an ad blocker, there are ads that appear overtop of the images (which is, by the way, very annoying). I am guessing that since ad blockers also usually remove the HTML element that contains the ad, this is removing the images.

        On the bright side, the site loads much faster without these often irrelevant images, and is much easier to skim now, since you get more than one title before having to scroll.

  • Nex__

    Sundar Pichai also said they would turn GTV into full version of android for gaming etc.

    Google TV, you probably already know about — though you probably don’t own as it’s not super popular. Soon, “it will be a full-fledged Android for television,”

    Where Google TV can provide “an immersive experience” that’s appropriate for gaming, Chromecast will have too much latency for gaming, Pichai explained.


  • Tyler Durden

    It doesn’t even have the play store lol

  • MikeSaver

    I would happily ditch my vizio co-star for something else that’s more betterer.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Cool if they are going to bake Chromecast into the newer GTV boxes. That way you just need 1 device plugged in. I would pay $99+ for that device for sure.

    I would love to see full mirroring for desktop as well.

  • John Malin

    Does that say 3d?

    • DKDigitally

      No it says third dimension…

    • V Dizzle

      It’s lg’s smart tv interface. I have one without Google TV… it’s pretty much identical