Google TV-Honeycomb update coming by end of September

Google is getting close to releasing a major update to its Google TV operating system that will add features from Google's Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, mobile OS. GigaOM reports that the Android Marketplace already has apps available for download that are made specifically for the new version of Google TV. The apps include a number of news-based programs such as CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and more.

Other new Google TV apps in the Android Marketplace include one that streams content from other PCs to Google TV-based systems. Yet another app can display text messages and caller IDs from an Android-based phone onto the television. The new version is expected to be released by the end of September.

Google TV launched about a year ago but so far only two hardware companies that have embraced it. One is Sony, who have put Google TV inside three models of its Bravia TV line. The other is Logitech, which created the Revue set-top box with the operating system inside. Earlier this summer, Logitech cut the price of the Revue from $249 down to just $99. Last August, Google released an SDK that allows Android based developers to make programs for Google TV.

So far Google hasn't announced any additional hardware partners for Google TV, although its executive chairman Eric Schmidt recently said that Google TV will debut in Europe sometime in 2012, and that more companies will release Google TV-based products in the future. He added, "We're absolutely committed to staying, to improving Google TV."

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vcfan said,
This thing is pure fail,even before it was released. What kind of numbskulls run this company? Why would anyone in their right mind buy one of these when you can get an xbox 360 or PS3 for cheaper? They have more content,and are more refined. Who wants to sit on a couch and browses the internet with a ****ty remote? It has been tried so many times in the last few decades,and people have simply said DO NOT WANT. You don't even need a ****in focus group to tell you that. And the UI is a thing that you could find at the bottom of a toilet bowl. Really foul looking

UI is funcitional, but can use improvment. The Logitec controller (keyboard) works very well. Not used the Sony one so can't speak about it. Google Tv gives you a chrome browser with flash support. PS3 browser is junk, and Xbox doesn't have one (beside the face of being able to use Netflix with out paying monthly fee).


alexalex said,
How do you protect Google TV from viruses and trojan ?

Currently it's a Andriod 2.1 device with no market place or the ability to side load apps.

They way they been talking about the Google TV market place, it sounds like it will be different from the regualr market place, waiting to see the end result. I don't think there going to allow side loading with the update either.

This thing is pure fail,even before it was released. What kind of numbskulls run this company? Why would anyone in their right mind buy one of these when you can get an xbox 360 or PS3 for cheaper? They have more content,and are more refined. Who wants to sit on a couch and browses the internet with a ****ty remote? It has been tried so many times in the last few decades,and people have simply said DO NOT WANT. You don't even need a ****in focus group to tell you that. And the UI is a thing that you could find at the bottom of a toilet bowl. Really foul looking

I recently got one at the $99 price point. I personally am happy with mine. It does have a couple small issues, but overall, I like it.

It integrated nicely with my Dish 722K box. Netflix has been good, Pandora is solid on it (beyond the time bar glitch if you listen to Pandora for more than an hour or two).

Buddy upgraded his to the Honeycomb Beta and its much smoother and functional than the original version I am using. So I am looking forward to the update to improve on what I feel is a good product.

I think the best feature is the ability to watch TV and browse the web at the same time, without having to get up and go to the desktop or have a laptop in my lap if I want to look something up, check my mail, etc. Sure, I can do it on my iPhone, but a 47" screen is much easier on the eyes than a 3.5"

"So far Google hasn't announced any additional hardware partners for Google TVSo far Google hasn't announced any additional hardware partners for Google TV"

Do we even need to ask? Motorola Mobility...

Jmaxku said,
"So far Google hasn't announced any additional hardware partners for Google TVSo far Google hasn't announced any additional hardware partners for Google TV"

Do we even need to ask? Motorola Mobility...

Samsung expressed interest too.

UndergroundWire said,

Why? I assume you have a reasonable explanation. You're not just hating are you?

It hasn't exactly been a smashing success now has it...

tmaxxtigger said,

It hasn't exactly been a smashing success now has it...

It hasn't, not by a long shot, and everyone who's tried it says it's bad. Tossing on a new UI helps usability, maybe. But the rest of it is the same, thus it's more or less lipstick on a pig as they say.

GP007 said,
Lipstick on a pig i suppose.

Pretty much. The content, or lack there of is the reason why this product tanked. And if Apple hasn't been able to get content providers on board yet, then I don't give Google much chance of getting them.

tmaxxtigger said,

It hasn't exactly been a smashing success now has it...

Only because it was priced too high. When it went to $100, it sold out fast. It still doesn't explain the lipstick on a pig. I don't see the correlation.

asdavis10 said,

Pretty much. The content, or lack there of is the reason why this product tanked. And if Apple hasn't been able to get content providers on board yet, then I don't give Google much chance of getting them.

Apple admits that the Apple TV is just a hobby.

UndergroundWire said,

Only because it was priced too high. When it went to $100, it sold out fast. It still doesn't explain the lipstick on a pig. I don't see the correlation.

Too bad the hardware alone costs over $100. They lost money on them, but its better than not getting anything at all. People will buy anything for $100, ex: Touchpad, even if it lacks content and is horrible.

vcfan said,

Too bad the hardware alone costs over $100. They lost money on them, but its better than not getting anything at all. People will buy anything for $100, ex: Touchpad, even if it lacks content and is horrible.


Pretty much sums it up.