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 is going through some tough times and has today reported that its suffered a $30 million loss in the second quarter of 2011. This poor financial situation has now forced the current CEO of the company to resign, with chairman De Luca taking over.
But their loss is your gain as Logitech has now slashed the price of their Revue box down to $99. Now people might actually buy more of the units so they can accelerate adoption of the Google TV platform.
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.
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.
We all like speedy delivery of the products that we buy. Let’s face it, we are all a bunch of spoiled babies. And so, Logitech is taking the time and effort to change our diapers by emailing out apology gift codes for those who did not get the Google TV device as expected.
The gift code is worth $25 and applies to anything on the website, plus the order will be upgraded to free shipping. Not a bad way to apologize at all.
Logitech is now offering its Google TV remote control app in the Android Market, which allows smartphone owners with the OS to control their Logitech Revue. The touchscreen controllers have a trackpad and keyboard, with virtual buttons for the always important adjusting volume and changing channels. Setup is easy if both the Android device and Revue use the same Wi-Fi network.
The $300 Revue comes with its own hardware keyboard remote and is compatible with Logitech’s popular programmable universal remotes. An iOS app is also in the works, but it has not hit the App Store yet.
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.
You may have to wait until this Fall, but Logitech’s Google TV box has been showing itself off to the FCC. Not much new to report on this one, but if you hit the link you can get a look at the device’s guts.
As reported previously, Google TV will bring regular TV and web video to your TV, as well as Android apps. Now that the FCC has spied this device, all we have to do is wait.