Jun 22 AT 8:39 AM Alberto Vildosola 17 Comments

Google TV 2.0 and the “Fishtank” set-top box surface

Last month at Google I/O, Google announced a new version of Google TV based on Android 3.1. While the company wasn’t ready to release this new version of Google TV just yet, they did give out to a bunch of developers a set-top box with a beta version pre-installed. Thankfully, one of those developers has bravely volunteered to give us a brief tour of Google TV 2.0 and this mysterious set-top box.

Let’s start with the box. It’s running Google TV v2.0 beta and is powered by Intel’s CE4100 system-on-a-chip. This chip was built “specifically for web connected set-top boxes,” and it’s optimized for Internet and broadcast applications. It’ll also be able to handle Flash and 3D gaming. But don’t expect to be playing Crysis on your Google TV box just yet. The set-top box comes with a power chord and, interestingly, a Logitech wireless keyboard.

Moving on to Google TV 2.0. This beta version of the OS seems to be devoid of most apps, having only the Clock and Live TV apps. Surprisingly, it also has a full-blown version of Chrome, according to Geek.com. I’m guessing Google will customize Chrome to better fit a TV interface later on, but at least now we know a full version of Chrome is coming to Android. And that’s pretty much it. Hopefully, this leak will encourage other developers to do the same and let us in on the fun as well.

Looking at the pictures below, you can see how similar this version of Google TV is to Honeycomb. The interfaces are almost identical. If Google really does manage to merge Google TV, Honeycomb, and Gingerbread in Ice Cream Sandwich, I wonder how hard it would be to put Google TV inside every Android phone. The interface could change between “Phone mode” and “TV mode” when an accessory is connected, a la Motorola’s Webtop.

Google said at I/O that this new version of Google TV would launch later this year. So sit tight and keep eye out for an announcement from Mountain View in the near future. Meanwhile, let us know what you think about this new version of Google TV in the comments.

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Source: Geek

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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  • http://Website westy

    im still clueless why a full version of chrome isnt on my Asus Tablet.

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      I’ve often wondered why the producers of one of the top three browsers in the world has had consistently sub-par browsers on it’s mobile platform. The Sense browser beats the pants off stock, and others swear by Dolphin, Opera, and others. Why is there no mobile version of Chrome for Android?

  • jackpaleczny

    my biggest question and will be the deciding factor for me. Can you use your android phone or tablet as a remote?

    • http://gautch.com Gautch

      You can use an android phone or table now as a remote. I currently do this now.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      As Gautch said this is already available for existing Google TVs. I have the Logitech Revue and pair it with an app direct from Logitech.

      https://market.android.com/details?id=com.logitech.harmonyremote&feature=search_result

      There is also the app direct from Google.

      https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tvremote&feature=search_result

      • http://Website The_Omega_Man

        There is also integration within the Android Phone OS that allows the user to share Web links or YouTube video links from the phone to a connected Logitech Google TV STB via WiFi.

        I use this to show a full screen web page or to watch a specific YouTube video on my Home Theater system. The cool part is that I do not have to manually turn on any of my home theater components. When you “Share/Send” a video to the Logitech Revue, on the phone, the Revue unit automatically starts up the TV and my AVR and both loads up and automatically plays the video. It also starts the Logitech Remote control app on the phone. This work great at dinner parties win a topic of discussion comes up that there is a cool video to reference.

    • http://smartic.us bryanl

      You can do it now, and they’ve also released the code to app to show you *exactly* how to do it.

  • http://www.beatriceba.com.ar dfiestas

    Quote ” If Google really does manage to merge Google TV, Honeycomb, and Gingerbread in Ice Cream Sandwich, I wonder how hard it would be to put Google TV inside every Android phone.”

    This is part of a message I sent to the webmasters like a month ago with this idea and I had no reply about it. I also sugested they could do a debate note about it.

    Phones are very powerfull these days, and google tv is not going anyware. Why not put google tv on every phone so everyone can have it and flood the market with their tv app…

    Would be the perfect way to take over the market.

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. We’ve been wondering about this feature as well ever since Google announced Google TV.

      This would dramatically increase the adoption rate of Google TV by consumers while at the same time helping them understand exactly what Google TV is.

  • http://Website Wade

    “The set-top box comes with a power chord”

    Is it similar to the kind of power chord you can play with full star power on Guitar Hero?

  • http://Website Mark

    Just put the damned thing on phones and see adoption rates rise through the roof.

  • http://Website Mark

    None of you guys watch the io stream? The Android team were asked if the phone could be a google tv and the idea was more or less laughed off the stage because a google tv has different hardware requirements to a phone.

  • http://Website THIS IS FRAGMENTATION

    NOW GOOGLE TV GETS ITS OWN ANDROID FRAGMENTATION!

    WOW.

  • http://Website The_Omega_Man

    Wait a minute here! Logitech indicated that there would be no hardware changes required to support the updates of Google TV. They said that the current hardware can support the future updates via software changes, so what in the HELL does the 2.0 Hardware do that the 1.0 Logitech hardware doesn’t? And for $300 (now less), it better do SOMETHING Logitech!

    • http://Website fred

      Keep your panties on. You will be able to upgrade your Logitech Revue to GTV2

  • sunfish42os

    My question is how much of Google TV will integrate into Android@home/ Project Tungsten that Google announced at Google I/O

  • http://marvel-digital.com/ marvel-android

    Your post is great

  1. westyGuest 4 years ago

    im still clueless why a full version of chrome isnt on my Asus Tablet.

    • JaylanPHNXGuest 4 years ago

      I’ve often wondered why the producers of one of the top three browsers in the world has had consistently sub-par browsers on it’s mobile platform. The Sense browser beats the pants off stock, and others swear by Dolphin, Opera, and others. Why is there no mobile version of Chrome for Android?

  2. my biggest question and will be the deciding factor for me. Can you use your android phone or tablet as a remote?

    • GautchGuest 4 years ago

      You can use an android phone or table now as a remote. I currently do this now.

    • As Gautch said this is already available for existing Google TVs. I have the Logitech Revue and pair it with an app direct from Logitech.

      https://market.android.com/details?id=com.logitech.harmonyremote&feature=search_result

      There is also the app direct from Google.

      https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tvremote&feature=search_result

      • The_Omega_ManGuest 4 years ago

        There is also integration within the Android Phone OS that allows the user to share Web links or YouTube video links from the phone to a connected Logitech Google TV STB via WiFi.

        I use this to show a full screen web page or to watch a specific YouTube video on my Home Theater system. The cool part is that I do not have to manually turn on any of my home theater components. When you “Share/Send” a video to the Logitech Revue, on the phone, the Revue unit automatically starts up the TV and my AVR and both loads up and automatically plays the video. It also starts the Logitech Remote control app on the phone. This work great at dinner parties win a topic of discussion comes up that there is a cool video to reference.

    • bryanlGuest 4 years ago

      You can do it now, and they’ve also released the code to app to show you *exactly* how to do it.

  3. dfiestasGuest 4 years ago

    Quote ” If Google really does manage to merge Google TV, Honeycomb, and Gingerbread in Ice Cream Sandwich, I wonder how hard it would be to put Google TV inside every Android phone.”

    This is part of a message I sent to the webmasters like a month ago with this idea and I had no reply about it. I also sugested they could do a debate note about it.

    Phones are very powerfull these days, and google tv is not going anyware. Why not put google tv on every phone so everyone can have it and flood the market with their tv app…

    Would be the perfect way to take over the market.

    • Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. We’ve been wondering about this feature as well ever since Google announced Google TV.

      This would dramatically increase the adoption rate of Google TV by consumers while at the same time helping them understand exactly what Google TV is.

  4. WadeGuest 4 years ago

    “The set-top box comes with a power chord”

    Is it similar to the kind of power chord you can play with full star power on Guitar Hero?

  5. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    Just put the damned thing on phones and see adoption rates rise through the roof.

  6. MarkGuest 4 years ago

    None of you guys watch the io stream? The Android team were asked if the phone could be a google tv and the idea was more or less laughed off the stage because a google tv has different hardware requirements to a phone.

  7. THIS IS FRAGMENTATIONGuest 4 years ago

    NOW GOOGLE TV GETS ITS OWN ANDROID FRAGMENTATION!

    WOW.

  8. The_Omega_ManGuest 4 years ago

    Wait a minute here! Logitech indicated that there would be no hardware changes required to support the updates of Google TV. They said that the current hardware can support the future updates via software changes, so what in the HELL does the 2.0 Hardware do that the 1.0 Logitech hardware doesn’t? And for $300 (now less), it better do SOMETHING Logitech!

    • fredGuest 4 years ago

      Keep your panties on. You will be able to upgrade your Logitech Revue to GTV2

  9. My question is how much of Google TV will integrate into Android@home/ Project Tungsten that Google announced at Google I/O

  10. marvel-androidGuest 4 years ago

    Your post is great