Aug 02 AT 8:05 AM Alberto Vildosola 29 Comments

Video: Here’s how to install the Honeycomb update on your Logitech Revue


Well, that was fast. Not even four days after showing us some photos of Google TV 2.0 running on the Logitech Revue, the same guys at GTVhacker have now put together an easy-to-follow set of instructions on how to install the much-awaited update on your Revue.

As always, we’re not responsible for anything bad that happens to your device while following the instructions below. Keep in mind that this is in no way an official or final build of Google TV 2.0. It could very well break your Revue. Also, the Netflix app is missing from this build. If that’s something you use on a daily basis, you might want to wait for Google and Logitech to officially update your device.

On the other hand, if you don’t care about possibly breaking your Revue (they’re going for $99 these days) you might as well go ahead and follow these instructions:

  1. Download the update file from here.
  2. Copy the to a Fat32 formatted USB drive, place it in its root (ie /mnt/usb/ or
  3. Plug USB drive into Revue.
  4. Fully unplug Revue.
  5. Plug it back in, count to one. (A long one. Say, “One Mississippi”).
  6. Hold down the connect button and keep it held. The Revue logo will come up, and the box will reboot. Your TV will lose signal and come back to the Revue logo. Let go of the button.
  7. The GTV logo will then show up, with an arrow and a horizontal “barbershop scroll.” On your Revue’s keyboard, press the FN key (in yellow) and the left arrow (to the left of the OK button). It will then display a recovery menu.
  8. Hit “Apply update from sdcard:/”
  9. The box will verify the update and reboot. This is normal. It is installing an updated bootloader and recovery image (both heavily encrypted).
  10. The box will come back on and flash the latest kernel and system files. Once this is done, the box will reboot again.
  11. This bootup may take a few minutes. At first you will see the Revue logo, then the Google TV logo, then the “new” logo (a grey TV over a ball glowing red). Just wait it out.
  12. Begin setup as normal. You may notice some crashes; this software is still in beta. Just force close and continue.
That was pretty easy, no? If you ran into any problems during the update, you can always let us know in the comments or ask the “experts” over at GTVhacker. Finally, I leave you with a video of the whole process from the guys at Channel Android. Happy hacking!

Source: GTVhacker

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    Im thinking of picking this up at some point from my local best buy.. But I am not sure what benefit over just plugging in my Xoom to my tv, I would get? Anyone want to share? Plus how long down the road do you think the actual update is? I dont mind getting one and applying the update (used to do it all the time with my Nexus) but i cant really find a reason to get one. Will applying this beta update cause any issues actually receiving future updates?

    • BiGMERF

      By the way I just checked online at Best Buy and none of my local stores within 20 miles have one in stock. Also online they are backordered. I called my local bestbuy and the guy told me they havent had any in months. No one bought or asked for them. WOW.

      • Linda F

        Shop at Target! BB is a ghetto store, often found in very dangerous areas! You better get a gun or avoid best buy.

        • BiGMERF

          BB treats me good. I love the rewards program. By the way I lived in the Ghetto for 25 years.. It does not scare me :). By the way checked Target, walmart, hh Greg and sears. No one has it and hasnt had it in stock in some time.

          • elijahblake

            amazon has it in stock ;)

  • Brad

    This update works great and if you are at all savvy I highly recommend installing it, you will not look back.

    • zero

      Accept for the fact that you will not have netflix and may never be able to get back to an official build.

  • Brad

    Also buy from they have them in stock and have free 2nd day air!

    • BiGMERF

      do they charge tax (logitech)? I was thinking hard about getting it from Amazon (no tax) but it says 10-14 days shipping.

      • glenn

        yes they do, just got one from them.

      • Mike

        I ordered one on my Amazon Prime with next-day on the 6th, was estimated receiving it on the 11-15th and received it today the 8th.

  • Xaneth

    Nothing fast about that update, been waiting for almost a year now for this, and I hate the price drop I paid full price, and this is what I got the Revue for in the first place.

    • Raja

      ….sensing some bitterness….glad I waited to get it! ;)

    • BiGMERF

      I know how you feel. But its the price you pay for being an early adopter. Atleast it took a year to drop. My Xoom is already down in price.

  • Jay

    What exactly is a Fat32 formatted USB drive?

    • CTown

      Have you never formatted a drive (I doubt everyone does). Go to “Computer” or “My Computer” (on XP) and right click on the correct drive and choose “Format”. The second dropbox has the filesystem type. Ifyou already see “FAT32″ leave it alone. Changing your filesystem DELETES EVERYTHING off your drive.

      **Every modern flash drive comes as FAT32 anyways!


    before you update look!

    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)
    -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

  • JoeDoe

    @Linda F BB is in Ghetto places? are you an idiot? ya BB said lets put our stores in a horrible area so ppl will be afraid of shopping in them. Srsly maybe you have some issues you need to look at. When was the last time you left your house?

    • BiGMERF

      Every best buy I have ever seen is by a mall or well defined shopping area.

  • Tahir

    Its works great on the Logitech Revue.

  • mikehill33

    Ha, doesn’t connect to Google servers once you install, which means I now have a brick on my hands until I blank it. Or throw it away… worthless platform.

  • Jorge

    Can you tell me if I can play MKV movies with the Revue?

    • Murray

      “#7. The GTV logo will then show up, with an arrow and a horizontal “barbershop scroll.” On your Revue’s keyboard, press the FN key (in yellow) and the left arrow (to the left of the OK button). It will then display a recovery menu.”

      I can get to the GTV Arrow and Barberpole Screen, but, I cannot get the FN + < Arrow to throw me into the Service Menu to Apply the Update.

      I tried both "Press and Hold" as well as "Click and Release" of the FN + < Left Arrow but I never get into the Service Mode and after 45 seconds the Logitech Revue Menu returns.

      Any tips on what I may be doing wrong?

      Thanks in advance.


  • jossua

    i having problem with the file how do i make it on 2 a usb

  • cb001

    Do you know if you will be able to get an OTA update once you do this?

  • RDTShaw

    No OTA’s after this install, a return to original OS would be required.

  • Pawan

    Does this update have adb ? Can I use the updated box to develop/deploy applications on the google-tv?


  • kalim

    I am get this error message when i tried to load update: E: File/sdcard/ not found or of the wrong type installation aborted

  • Nicolas Deloyer

    Is it possible to have an update on How to install the final build ? I installed the beta months ago but have a lot of issues…
    The software update still mentions after months no update.
    Could you explain how to find the official build and how to flash the logitech revue with the latest official firmware