This weekend thousands of Android fans rushed to their local Best Buy or went online to purchase the $99 HP TouchPad with the hope that someone might port Android to it. If you were trying to take advantage of the fire sale and missed out on the limited quantities, then you might want to go purchase the Logitech Revue for $99 (aka the first Google TV box).
Just like the TouchPad, the Logitech Revue also debuted at a much higher price ($299) than what it now sells for ($99). The future of the Touchpad is still uncertain, but the Revue is finally going to live up to its potential with the upcoming Honeycomb software update that includes the Android Market.
Google finally released the software development kit and now developers can start writing apps for your TV. The Honeycomb update is scheduled for a September release so that’s not a lot of time for devs to update their apps, but Google has been working closely with a select group of companies on launch titles.
Honeycomb supports gaming controllers and the Logitech Revue has two full size USB ports, so hopefully we have some games to play. You should be able to plug in one of Logitech’s controllers (I like the Logitech F710) or grab a spare Xbox360 (or Wii or Sixaxis) controller and play Android games on the big screen. The Revue is powered by a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom CPU (CE4100) with a PowerVR SGX535 GPU, so the graphics will be more comparable to a current smartphone rather than a home game console.
The Logitech Revue was released last year, but it still has a bright future and it’s a great deal at $99. The remaining units are going to sell out when the Android Market update is released, so you better pick one up now (or wait for Google TV 2.0 devices and pay more).
I can think of a lot of current Android apps that would be interesting on Google TV, but it’s the apps that don’t even exist yet which I’m most excited for. What kind of creative apps would you like to see on your TV?