Sunday, December 11, 2011

Logitech Revue Google TV 2.0

Logitech pushed out the Google TV 2.0 update to its Logitech Revue set-top box this week, upgrading the smart TV adapter with Android Market access, a revised UI and more. The update, based now on Android 3.1.
In addition to third-party app support, with select titles in the Android Market being updated to suit display on an HDTV screen, Google TV 2.0 updates the smart TV interface to make it less confusing. Streaming TV & Movies are gathered up into their own section of the UI, and there’s improved search to make it more straightforward to find content – whether that comes through your cable box, from YouTube or another source.
Google’s hope is to turn around the somewhat underwhelming reception of the first-gen Google TV software the Revue launched with, and pave the way for an altogether more enthusiastic market when the second batch of hardware finally arrives in 2012. There’s still no shortage of ambition: Google’s Eric Schmidt has predicted that Google TV will be present on the majority of new sets by mid-2012.
Has your Google TV hardware been updated? Sony pushed out the Google TV 2.0 update to its Blu-ray players and HDTVs from late October, and the Logitech update takes care of the remaining first-gen devices. Has the upgrade changed the way you use Google TV, or is the Revue still sitting, unloved, in the closet? Meanwhile, with Logitech now selling the Revue for under $100 as it clears its stock.

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