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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  • Clark Wimberly

    Totally stoked to finally get the Market. I love my GTV and can’t wait for more!

  • http://Website Chahk

    They better bring this upgrade to existing hardware. I’d be royally pissed off if my 4-month-old $400 Sony BR player w/GTV was left in the dust.

    • Eric

      agreed. granted i won my GTV from Google. But nonetheless, I’d be pissed if all the people who got the OG GTV were left out.

    • http://Website david

      Yea my sony google tv/blu-ray player needs a update now.

  • http://Website Aaron

    Do we have any reassurance this won’t be like last year, when they spent the day-1 keynote talking about all the amazing-yet impenetrable wonky, developments they’d been working on, and saved all the real consumer meat for day-2? That was a real letdown, and it forced me to spend two late-mornings watching keynotes!

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Probably. If they do that, then the first day will be mostly about Chrome and Chrome OS. Which I’m almost as interested in as Android, almost.

    • http://Website Hans

      According to the Google I/O app, it seems the Google TV chats will be on Wednesday.

  • http://Website Ratmuscle

    Call me stupid….i don’t care, but what is google tv? Is it not just a way to surf the internet, watch netflix, etc. on your tv at the house? What is the difference between hooking my computer up to my big screen at my house and using that as my monitor? I do that now….

    • Clark Wimberly

      the difference is how much better GoogleTV is at integrating with your TV over your normal computer. I’ve had a full tower under my TV for 5 or 6 years now and the GTV actually made me stop using it. The fact that you can just grab the keyboard and be online right over your TV picture is just too perfect.

      our friends seem to love it too. we’ve had countless silly evenings where we just load up one stupid video/picture/meme after another and keep a whole room entertained for hours.

  • http://Website uncle paul

    I think i/o won’t be as android news filled like it was last year with the announcement of froyo. All every talked about was froyo and this it will be fruuuuuunkis!!!

  • Andrew

    Does this mean that android will get even more fragmented?
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  • http://Website Namelessted

    Google TV looks neat and all but I don’t think I would ever buy a stand-alone set top box. Google TV definitely interests me and I can’t wait to see what Google shows with the new version but I still wouldn’t be able to get myself to buy an individual device for it.

    I have an HTPC hooked up to my TV and use it as my media center and media server of sorts (it has 4.5TB of storage for all my media. If it was a possibility I would totally check out Google TV if there would be a way to install it to a PC either has a program on windows or even if it could be released as a complete OS that supported desktop components.

    My guess would be that it would be easier for Google to make it a windows program but I think they could easily use the already existing Linux drivers to implement into Android. Or maybe Google TV could be installed on a Linux platform like Ubuntu.

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