Jul 29 AT 10:37 AM Alberto Vildosola 18 Comments

Honeycomb 3.1 for Google TV almost here; here’s everything we know:

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As Google promised in May, Google TV is about to get a taste of some sweet Honeycomb. According to some reports, users are already seeing their Google TV devices appear under “My Devices” on the Market’s web app. This is most likely Google’s handiwork as they put the final touches before rolling out the update.

Further proving Google TV 2.0 is upon us, some Android enthusiasts over at GTVhacker have managed to update their Logitech Revue to Android 3.1. How did they do this? We’re asking ourselves the same question. However, they did post a photo as proof and promised to shed more light on how they did it over the next few days. We can’t wait.

Looking at the photo from GTVhacker, you can see not a lot has changed since Google first showed Google TV 2.0 to us back in May. That blue bar along the bottom is back once again. I’m guessing this will appear by pressing the “Home” button on your Google TV remote. As you might remember, we recently saw this bar thanks to a leak via Geek.com. Although, this time some of the icons seem to have gotten a bit of polish by Duarte and co. Always a good thing.

The space above that blue bar will supposedly house widgets, as demonstrated at Google I/O. However, it’s still unknown whether or not users will have access to various home screens like we have on phones and tablets. While that might seem like an obvious thing to do, I’m not so sure Google will do it for Google TV. But I could be wrong.

In summary, here’s everything we know Google TV 2.0 will have for sure:

  • Access to the Android Market
  • Widgets
  • Notifications
  • Improved Media Player
  • Overhauled user interface
  • Google TV emulator for developers
  • ADB support
  • Support for USB devices like game controllers and keyboards
  • Honeycomb’s graphics engine
  • Improved performance and stability
  • ARM support

That should be just about enough to turn those Google TV doubters into believers. Now we just need to sit and wait for Google to roll this out. Hopefully that’ll happen some time next week.

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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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