May 09 AT 10:16 AM Alberto Vildosola 13 Comments

Google TV Redux: packing Android Market, based on Honeycomb, and coming later this year

Just a few days ago we thought Google would announce a new version of Google TV at the company’s developer conference. We’re not so sure about that, right now. According to NewTeeVee, Google could give us a glimpse of the new Google TV at I/O, but the product itself won’t be released until later this year — that’s a bummer.

However, NewTeeVee’s report confirms everything else we heard from BusinessInsider last week. Like the fact that the new Google TV will be packing the Android Market — this is pretty much confirmed at this point. We also said that Google TV 2.0 would have a much-improved user experience. Apparently, this will be possible because the new version will be based on Honeycomb, which has a brand new and more powerful 3D graphics engine.

Lastly, we already knew that the upcoming Google TV would “run on a faster chip”, but now we know which kind of chip. The next version of Google TV will have support for ARM-based chips. Meaning, we’re likely to see Google TV running on cheaper, faster, and more power-efficient devices.

Right now, Google TV only supports Intel processors. In fact, Intel was on-stage as a partner during Google TV’s launch keynote. Nevertheless, it’s quite possible that this partnership hurt Google TV more than it helped it. Intel’s chips are not known for their great value, and this is clearly seen on the Logitech Revue‘s $300 price tag. It’s hard to know how much of that $300 is because of the Intel CPU, but we suspect it’s a sizable chunk. Hopefully, that’s all about to change, and we couldn’t be more happy about it.

With Google I/O just 24 hours away, the Android rumor mill is about to go into overdrive. So get some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the unstoppable avalanche of Android news that will surely hit us over the next two days. Who knows, Google might even surprise us with something we have no idea about.

Source: NewTeeVee

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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