Cloud Computing: Google TV 2.0 Dressed Up with Honeycomb, Android Market, Better Search
More than a year after launching the first version of Google TV, Google has finally upgraded its platform, pushing it to Android 3.1 Honeycomb and making the service more user-friendly. At least, that's what Google hopes. Google TV 1.0 wasn't received very well by reviewers and consumers. However, the service has great promise if the company can get the user experience right. Google TV 2.0 takes steps in that direction, offering a new, customizable home screen on which users may access their application shortcuts. There is also better search for TV, Netflix, YouTube and other apps, a new YouTube application and an on-ramp for the Android Market. For now, that means only access to hundreds of the Market's 300,000-plus apps, but Google expects developers to start cranking out fresh apps soon. Take a look at the new Google TV 2.0 in this eWEEK slide show.