The Honeycomb update for Google TV started rolling out to Sony TV units on Monday and is just now popping up for Blu-Ray units. Since we have the Blu-Ray version, we are just getting to it and wanted to toss out this quick gallery of some of the first things we noticed. So far, this update looks like it may blow past most of our expectations. In just a couple of minutes with HC for my TV, I can easily say that it has become useful for the first time in months. Things like the “TV and Movies” app and Android Market are essentially game changers in my opinion.
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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.
Looks like the newest shipments of Logitech Revues are coming with Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and the long awaited Android Market. Us who already own the device have been waiting patiently for the OTA, but still have not heard anything. Is this a sign that all we are waiting for is the green light from Logitech? If they are shipping with all the new goodies, then let us get the ball rolling. We are hungry for Honeycomb and the Market on our TVs. (more…)
Motorola is looking to help tablet owners out by pointing them in the right direction of some good quality apps. MotoPack contains a showcase of certain Honeycomb optimized apps based on categories – Games, Back-to-School, Home Office, Lounging, and apps made just for kids. Perfect for people who don’t need to spend hours searching the market for all of the right apps. Once you click on an app inside MotoPack, it will direct you to the Market to download the application. Plain and simple.
Last week, there was a calculation done suggesting that there were only 3.4 million Honeycomb tablets out in the wild right now. Google’s own Andy Rubin has come out and given us some statistics straight from the horse’s mouth. He says that according to Google, there are 6 million tablets in people’s hands that run the Android operating system. A much larger number than what has been reported before.
This number makes sense too, taking into account all the Froyo and Gingerbread tablets that were pushed out into the public’s hands before they got Google’s official blessing. That would mean that a little over half of all Android tablets are running Honeycomb. Let’s hope that when Ice Cream Sandwich comes out, it does so with a bang. After last night I am a little bit more than excited to see how this plays out.
Android tablet owners, today is your day. Netflix is finally available to anything running Android 3.0+. Not really sure what else to say. Hooray? Hooray!
*Note – It most definitely does not appear to be optimized for Honeycomb though. Quality is…meh.
File this one under the “obvious” tab. Reports are out that Motorola’s XOOM will be the first tablet to receive Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s next update to their Android operating system. There is no definitive ETA on this update, since ICS itself will not be announced until tomorrow, but this seems to be a pretty safe bet.
You could attribute this to Google’s acquisition of Motorola, or you could remember that Android 3.0 Honeycomb was developed on the XOOM as their flagship tablet. It only seems logical that Google would use the XOOM for their next operating system that involved any kind of tablet, which ICS is supposed to do. Some XOOM users are just getting theirs back, newly upgraded with 4G LTE on board, how nice would it be if you could upgrade to ICS pretty soon?
XOOM 4G LTE upgrades are happening across the country as I type this. FedEx boxes have arrived and owners of the world’s first Honeycomb device are finally able to enjoy Verizon’s ultra-fast LTE network speeds. We were told that the turn-around time for the upgrades would be 6 business days, but some of our readers sent theirs off Monday and are already receiving them back.
To their (and our) surprise, we are seeing an upgrade in Android version to 3.2.2. It’s tough to tell exactly what is included in this version, but one thing a reader was quick to point out, was the fact that he now has read/write access to his SD card. You may recall this little write-up we did about the lack of write access when 3.2 was first introduced – nice to see SD card support fully working after all this time.
Oh, Verizon tossed in the standard dock just as they said they would. The new Android Market also comes pre-loaded.
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