Google TV's Honeycomb upgrade has finally come to the Logitech Revue box, which is at an end-of-life stage in terms of development.
Logitech's Revue companion box is getting the Google TV upgrade
, more than a month after Sony TVs and Blu-ray players
received the first major upgrade of the search engine's Web TV application.
Google upgraded the platform
from Android 2.1 to Android 3.1 in October,
starting with Sony's Internet TVs and Blu-ray players. The new Google TV
includes a customizable home screen and an "all apps" section where
users can access their application shortcuts from the bottom of the screen.
There is better search for applications such as Netflix,
YouTube and live TV, and a new TV & Movies application lets users skim
through 80,000 movies and TV shows from Netflix and other sources.
Most significantly, the new Google TV
provides access to Google's Android Market application store, including 50
applications optimized for TV, such as the new
Google Music app
, Pandora, Flixster and CNBC.
Now the Honeycomb reboot is coming to the Revue box. Just
as with the Sony devices, the upgrade will be delivered over the air, according
to Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech's Digital Home
"If you're already a Revue user, simply ensure your
unit is turned on and connected to the Web, and accept the update that pops up
onto your TV screen,"Arora said in a corporate blog post
. "New customers are expected to
receive this version automatically upon activation."
Google TV, which marries Web and channel surfing,
launched on Logitech's Revue companion box and Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray
players more than a year ago.
Google TV hasn't gained much traction for Sony or
Logitech, which bailed on the platform
last month after losing almost $100 million on it.
Consumers simply didn't purchase enough Revue boxes at $299, then discounted to
$249 and finally $99.
Google isn't giving up on Google TV so easily. The
company has a lot riding on Google TV, which it wants to pair with the
increasingly professional-looking YouTube.
Google sees YouTube
, which offers streaming movies to compete with Netflix and
Amazon, as well as original content channels to compete with broadcast television,
as a major new content destination.
Paired with the Google TV platform, YouTube could drive
oodles of ads to consumers. It's a strategic play to snatch some of the
advertising money broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and NBC enjoy for putting tons
of content in front of hundreds of millions of consumers during prime time
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said at Le Web Dec. 7 he expects most TVs to have Google TV
by the middle of next year, a bold hope
given the current state of the platform.