On Friday, we announced a contest to help celebrate the arrival of Honeycomb to Google TV. Two DL readers would be rewarded with a Logitech Revue of their own by doing something as simple as leaving a comment on the contest post. After picking randomly from the 2,000+ entries, it has come down to the final two. Who has won these soon-to-be-Honeycomb-filled-prizes? Let’s find out after the break. (more…)
On Friday, the Google TV team notified the world that Honeycomb was finally ready and would introduce a simpler approach to their TV-inspired OS. The update would first arrive on Sony Google TV products which includes the Blu-Ray player as well as the actual Sony TV. According to one of our readers, his TV received the update within the last hour or so; my Sony Blu-Ray unit has not received a damn thing. Logitech units on the other hand will be waiting a bit and have been given the “soon after” time line.
Once I get the update though, we will be doing a full walk-through of the update to give potential GTV adoptees a look at the future.
And on a related note, everyone that owns some sort of Google TV unit should have received an email from Google explaining the update. It’s really just the info that was released on Friday, but still worth a read if you have one of these devices.
And on a non-related note, I’ll try not to use the word “unit” for another month. Someone get me some Orbit gum.
The Google TV update to “Honeycomb” or whatever we are calling it these days is finally ready! Through this new 2.0-ish approach to GTV, the team focused on 4 key areas: keeping it simple, making it easy to find something to watch, making YouTube better, and most importantly, bringing apps to your TV. This is really the update that all GTV owners have been impatiently waiting for since day 1. A market with actual apps? Mmmm, yes please. No mention of deals formed with the big networks for website viewing of content, but they are adding support to HBO GO which is a huge +1.
The software will begin rolling out to Sony boxes early next week (maybe Sunday?) with Logitech devices seeing it soon after.
Three videos that walk you through the all new Google TV can be found below. (more…)
Today in other Android news…
- Aren’t going to find a better early look at the Atrix 2 aka Motorola Edison than this.
- Would you trade your Galaxy Tab 10.1 for an 8.9 straight up? This guy did, although not on purpose.
- Minor Google TV update hitting today, big ol’ one very soon. Yep, Honeycomb.
- TNT and TBS are planning to join the Google TV party with Honeycomb.
- The original HTC EVO’s run has come to an end.
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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. (more…)
If anyone jumped on the $99 Logitech Revue deal from yesterday, then feel free to crank it up a notch to the brand new Honeycomb build that has been leaked by the folks over at GTVHacker. There is no way to return back to stock if you go ahead and flash this, nor do we know if you’ll be able to update to an official build afterwards, so we’ll have to tell you to proceed with caution. The instructions can be found at the source link below. But even if you don’t feel like jumping the gun, be sure to watch the video below which gives a full walk-through of this new version of Google TV. (more…)
If Google TV was something that looked interesting to you back in 2010, but the price and lack of an app market turned you off, then maybe now you’ll want to reconsider. The Logitech Revue has been dropped to just $99 from $249, making this one heck of a steal. The original price back at launch was $299, so you are essentially getting a GTV box for a third of its original price not even a year after it became available.
I will mention that I’ve had the Sony version with a Blu-ray player since the day it launched and can’t say that I use it much anymore. Sure, it’s convenient if I need to look something up on Google quickly and my phone isn’t handy, but for the most part, the experience is not as polished as you would expect it to be. It definitely has uses, just not as many as we’d have all hoped for from the beginning.
With that said though, the re-launch of Google TV, based off of Honeycomb, should be here in the next month or so. Once that happens, the platform will essentially be brought back from the dead with the Android Market, apps and a whole new UI. From some of the leaks that have popped up around the internet, along with some of the stuff we saw at Google I/O, I’ll even admit that I’m excited to see where the future of it is headed.
Cheers Dustin, Brett and everyone else!
One of the the great things about this week’s Google I/O was the chance we had to meet app developers and also to see what new things they have planned for the near future. BuddyTV is one that stood out for a number of reasons (and we’ll get into them all), but there was one thing we thought the readers of this site would truly appreciate. There is a very familiar name working on the project whom you may know from that custom recovery that’s probably powering your device. Yes, I’m talking about Koush. When Mr. Clockwork himself asked that we check out an upcoming TV-ish app that he was working on, we couldn’t turn it down.