It will also be receiving an update later this summer, which will give you a bunch of new features not included in the current version of the operating system, including the Android Market. $99 is a great deal. It will be interesting to see how many units they sell now.
Logitech hopes to move a whole lotta units of its Google TV hardware by dropping the price of the Revue to $199 at Amazon. The $100 price drop is likely to help make a path for future hardware based on Android 3.1 and it also makes this the least expensive Google TV hardware yet.
It may also have to do with much lower than expected sales and they are hoping to make sales jump in the next several weeks. The device should be upgradeable to Android 3.1.
Developers will be able to develop apps for tablets and Google TV using the same SDK. You won’t have to do a thing to get the update. All Logitech Revue Google TV boxes will automatically get the update over-the-air when it becomes available this summer.
The keyboard that ships with the Logitech Revue set top box is comfortable to type on, but many people may have trouble finding a place to store it when it’s not in use. Here’s a great solution. EFO has a small keyboard that will be much easier to store.
Maybe not as comfortable to use, but it is more compact. The EFO Bluetooth Google TV Keyboard has 82 keys including the typical QWERTY keyboard and keys specifically for Google TV. There’s also a track pad. The keyboard has an RF option and normally communicates via Bluetooth. It has a operating range of 10 meters and the rechargeable battery has 400mA of power. Just $52.50.
While Google TV has had it share of challenges, Google isn’t giving up. They are moving forward on the platform in a big way if rumors are accurate. Now rumor has it that Google is adding a filtration system into the Android Market that will prevent users of non-touchscreen devices from viewing apps that require a touchscreen.
That would be very useful if the Android Market arrives on Google TV, since you wouldn’t want to sort through apps that don’t work on your device. The rumor is that Android Market for Google TV is expected to arrive very soon. In March or April specifically.
According to insiders, Logitech has suddenly frozen shipments of its Revue box for over a month while waiting for a major Google TV revamp. The company ordered its contractor Gigabyte to stop production from sometime in December through January while Google fixes the software or else puts out a whole new revision. Production would apparently resume in February or March.
Why they would halt production for up to two months without a change in hardware is unknown.
TV networks are making it hard for Google TV, but hardware partners don’t seem to care since Toshiba and Vizio have plans to introduce Google TV products at CES 2011 this January. They either know something we don’t or are just trying to be trendy.
There’s no official confirmation from either company yet, but Toshiba’s American GM has been quoted saying that Google is a key partner on the PC side and will likely be a key partner on the TV side as well. Stay tuned.
Google has been working hard to bring the web experience to your HDTV, but it hasn’t been an easy road thus far. Viacom has just been added to the growing list of networks that are blocking access to Google TV. So far the only networks that allow streaming content to be viewable on Google TV are TBS and Time Warner.
With popular networks like Comedy Central, MTV, Disney and CBS already out of the picture, your choices for streaming content from your Google TV are not looking good at all. Google TV is just in it’s infancy, so this is a sad situation.
Sony was the first to go all Google TV with its Internet TV, and now it looks like Samsung will be the second. We don’t have many details yet, just that Samsung is set to announce a new line of HDTVs that will offer integrated Google TV functionality.
The use of Intel processors is noted however, though we could have guessed as much. The announcement will be made in January at some big electronics show that you may have heard of.
Vimeo has released what it calls “couch mode”. The interface allows users to get a full-screen video player, complete with oversized buttons and straightforward navigation to various video playlists, making it ideal for your Google TV or your HTPC.
Some features of couch mode include Vimeo’s HD playlist, staff picks, videos from subscribed channels and more. There’s also a “watch later” feature that allows you to bookmark videos without adding them to your favorites list. You’ll just need to be using Chrome or Safari.
Looks like Google TV is being blocked by TV studios. The reason is because of piracy fears. Disney’s ABC and CBS have confirmed that they have prevented Google TV from watching their free Flash video sites. Both companies thought that Google did not do enough to prevent the threat of piracy.
We aren’t sure how Google will handle this. They will definitely need to implement something to prevent something like this from happening in the future. Do ABC and CBS even have anything worth watching on their flash video sites?
If you’ve pre-ordered the Logitech Revue, the company is now sending out shipping notifications. The Google TV set top box is scheduled for shipping on October 21st. That’s just 10 days away. Surely you can handle a short wait like that.
Get ready to put on your pajamas and settle in for a long Google TV marathon session when it does arrive. Google TV will be coming to several devices in the near future and those devices will be competing against Apple’s latest version of Apple TV.
Sony Insider has some new info on Sony’s Google TV sets. According to the site, four models will be introduced first: NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1, and NSX-46GT1. In order of mention those are 24-, 32-, 40-, and 46-inch sets.
No price info on the smallest, but we assume it will be under a grand, since the others are reportedly priced at $1299.99, $1499.99, and $1899.99. It’s basically a TV with an Intel processor and the ability to fully surf the web (including flash sites).
Logitech has confirmed the first Google TV device, the Revue. It will focus on the Android-based platform’s hybrid TV/web searching and TV apps but should also have strong support for Logitech’s other devices. It can act as a Harmony gateway, with new iOS and Android apps. It also supports the same Unifying receiver technology that is found in its mice and keyboards, so it supports existing peripherals as well as the pre-supplied keyboard and optional diNovo mini-based Mini Controller.
A Media Player app on the Revue will get media from computers on the local network through DLNA. And of course it can output up to 1080p over HDMI and has two USB ports for accessories like the new TV Cam webcam for video chats over Logitech’s Vid. The device works with traditional remotes through IR blaster inputs and gets online using Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi.
There have been reports focusing on Google TV’s lack of partnerships with major networks, but now Logitech representatives have confirmed that Google is trying to bring the Hulu streaming video service to their new set-top box.
Details are scarce at the moment, but Google is said to be involved in ongoing negotiations with Hulu executives. If the two strike a deal, which is likely, the service will probably be limited to Hulu Plus subscribers. Hulu has already partnered with several hardware companies to bring its streaming service to products like TiVo Premiere and Roku, but none of the set-top boxes provide access to Hulu’s free content.