Google TV 2.0 update due out next week

The long promised Google TV 2.0 update is finally close to being released. Google's official blog site has announced that the update will be released for Sony's Google TV's Bravia televisions sometime early next week. The Logitech Revue set-top box, which turns most TVs into a Google TV device, will get the 2.0 update "soon thereafter.:

Google says that the update concentrated on four areas: Making the UI simpler, improving the search features, improving Google TV's YouTube experience and finally opening up the software to Android-based app developers. That last new feature could make or break the new version of Google TV. The prospect of app developers being able to use the big screen of a TV to develop app that could improve the television experience is a very interesting prospect.

The big question isn't actually if Google can improve Google TV, it's if any more hardware partners will sign up to add Google TV support in their products. We have seen more and more "smart TVs" with WiFi connections and support for Internet apps going on sale and those TV manufacturers may feel they don't need Google TV. Perhaps the 2.0 update will show them that adding new features will start to sell products.

Google claims they are committed to Google TV's development for the long haul and an article at Engadget hints that more control interfaces, support for ARM processors and more are in the works for 2012. In the meantime we should soon see if Google TV's first major update will be a restorative act for the software or its final stand.

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asdavis10 said,
The issue with Google TV isn't the interface, it's the lack of content.

+Speed
+Stability
+Poorly implemented OS control of video inputs/channel guides

It is not 'easy' for the non-technical person, and it is not powerful enough for a technical person.

Instead of investing in an addon, people are better off building a $100 Media Center computer. (Cheap CPU/RAM/MainBoard/Slim-Mini-Case/integrated-GPU/CheapHD or 16gb Flash Drive/Dual Tuner Card) Easily around $100.

If you have a family, do a Multi-Tuner Network device that works with Media Center, and put these $100 boxes at every TV, with no need for the onboard Tuner in the house, running Media Center with a Remote.

And if you want to spend a lot of money, do a $150 system with wireless keyboard/mouse/controller and better GPU, and play BattleField 3 on the TV.

A setup like this makes GoogleTV look like a bad cable company box with Angry Birds as the premium gaming experience.

*(Be sure to buy the Family Window licensing or alternative subscription so Windows doesn't cost you $100 for each device.)


The XBox is also another good option, especially if you plan on doing any gaming or want access to the highest quality online Video rentals. With Kinect, ya get voice and gesture control as well.


It is a bit amazing that I find people that want 'simple' and are willing to spend $100-200 for AppleTV or GoogleTV, and neither are 'simple' - especially GoogleTV. Yet they could spend the same for a full computer providing more functionality, and if you lock Media Center as the Shell or Main interface, and use the remote, it is far easier to use than a DirecTV or Cable Company box.

*Plus with a computer as your TV Media Center, you aren't restricted on content like Hulu and others do for devices that are not computers, so you get access to far more.

I just got my revue, about an hour ago, and i'm on it right now and I can say that this is amazing. Free videos and movies on demand when you want them and everything and the ability to go online on your tv is just mindblowing. I'm looking forward to the update and I hope it makes it better and makes it popular. With this said, I love the keyboard that the revue comes with. I can not wait.

XDViPeR said,
I just got my revue, about an hour ago, and i'm on it right now and I can say that this is amazing. Free videos and movies on demand when you want them and everything and the ability to go online on your tv is just mindblowing. I'm looking forward to the update and I hope it makes it better and makes it popular. With this said, I love the keyboard that the revue comes with. I can not wait.

Are you Larry, or Sergey?

This will never catch on. Xbox's experience beats both Apple TV and Google TV, and with the deals with TV providers, we will finally replace our TV boxes with it too.