Aug 02 AT 10:08 AM Alberto Vildosola 20 Comments

Video: Hands-on with the Logitech Revue’s Honeycomb update


Now that we’ve told you how to update your Logitech Revue with the Honeycomb version of Google TV, it’s time to show you what you’ll get for doing just that. Brought to you by Channel Android, here’s a quick look at Google TV 2.0 running on a Logitech Revue.

As you can see, the whole Google TV UI has gotten an overhaul. Gone is the old Home page, which used to cover the whole screen. Instead, a new and less intrusive Home screen overlays the TV video feed with a bar along the bottom. From this bar, you have access to your most frequently used apps, notifications and a list of all the apps installed. These include, YouTube, Google Chrome, the Android Market, Clock and Podcasts, among others.

Google TV 2.0 also introduces widgets, which can be accessed and customized via the Home screen. As you can see in the video, adding, moving and deleting widgets is a relatively easy task. Customizing the list of apps on the Home screen bar seems to be just as easy to do.

Well worth noting, this Honeycomb-based version of Google TV is certainly running much smoother and snappier than the current version of Google TV. As it stands right now, Google TV always feels like it’s trying its best to keep up with your commands. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with this new version. And this is supposedly not even close to the final build of Google TV 2.0.

Not surprisingly, the Android Market is seriously lacking in the Google TV apps department. Considering Google hasn’t even officially announced this version of Google TV, we’ll have to hold our judgement on this issue until they do. Having said that, don’t expect more than a hundred Google TV-optimized apps to be available once the Market lands on your TV. Eventually, the most popular Android apps will have a Google TV version. But it will be a long and arduous process for that to happen.

Seeing how easy it is to install Google TV 2.0 on a Logitech Revue, you can expect more and more videos to pop up throughout the next few days. We’ll be updating this article with more videos as we find them, so make sure you’re following us on Twitter.

Source: Channel Android

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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  • Mitch Samuels

    All of the “Papi” games work…

    I also bought Ubermusic to see if that would work. It looks great!


      another round of fragmentation?

      • mkrmec

        Would people stop with the stupid fragmentation crap… Google is bringing everything together with Ice Cream, so please shut it already… Dated hardware will stay behind that’s for sure but newer will get updates.

        • Steve

          does it have VPN? Please let me know thanks

  • Endigo

    Any idea if Netflix can be run via Chrome? When I run it on my GoogleTV now it appears to run within Chrome even though it’s listed as an app.


    Ugggg, Im trying to refrain from buying this until the actual update is released… But you guys are forcing my hand.. LOL

  • Brad

    try sideloading apps, i have found many of them to work

  • Brett

    Really excited about the Google TV update. I really hope Google TV makes a bigger impact when it comes out on Samsung TVs.

  • Ben Gildenstein

    I love the fact that you can use apps, I hate the interface. Google can do so much better, especially for such a major device. This is the OSs Achilles heel.

  • AndyE

    Are there any local media organization/player apps yet? I know plex is on the market, does it work? xbmc/boxee or similar would be killer.


    I hate to post a link to another site.. But you guys need to see this !

    • BiGMERF

      The Bad
      -Sound problems while watching TV including sound turning off during channel changes and playing/pausing (Remedied by changing the channel or pressing the play/pause button a few times)
      -NO NETFLIX!
      -Some apps display content vertically
      -No root so far (also this means that we are still stuck with content provider blocks for non rooted devices)
      -Once you upgrade to this build there is currently no going back to 2.1
      -Atom cpu is incompatible ith 99.9% of the stuff on the market
      -GAPPS does not work, or at least we haven’t been able to get it to.
      The Good
      -System seems to preform smoother
      -New UI is clean and compliments features very well
      -TV/Movie listings now display what look like DVD covers when available
      -Live Wallpapers

  • Brad

    Has anybody tried Google Voice SMS with this update?

    • BiGMERF

      I had t side load an APK from XDA to get it on my Honeycomb powered Xoom. So I doubt there is a native app for google tv

    • Brad

      Also, does the Chrome browser, by chance, have any new features? (such as Sync)

  • Lucian Armasu

    They should add voice control to it. Make the manufacturers put mics in TV’s and in set top boxes. They should also get some manufacturers to offer webcams with their TV’s and promote video-chatting on it.

  • Pete

    Can tell me if works? When I play it on my Sony Internet TV (old version of OS) it plays but no sound comes out.

  • Jorge

    You know if th SRT FILES (subtittles) works? (I know now I can play MKV files, but I dont get the subtittles)

  • Vivi

    I have not been able to download this update as of Sept 20, 2011 through the Revue.
    Any thouhgts or am I missing something here?

  • dean

    any idea when the update is coming? you posted that a while ago..