Oct 28 AT 11:24 AM Sean Riley 21 Comments

Google TV update coming next week with Honeycomb and the Android Market in tow

google TV Image via: Google TV blog

Well after the false start yesterday we finally have confirmation that the Honeycomb (Android 3.1 to be exact) update for Google TV will start rolling out first to Sony devices next week and then to Logitech devices “soon thereafter.”

So just what is the update bringing? Well, Google laid out in their blog post the four major goals they had in mind with this update in response to all of the user feedback they have received since the launch of Google TV.

The number one user concern, which will probably come as no surprise to anyone that currently owns a Google TV, was that it was simply too complicated. With the Honeycomb update Google streamlined the interface and made it much easier to navigate.

The second piece of the puzzle was “what are you going to watch?” And while Google does claim that the search functionality is greatly improved they also recognized that we aren’t always exactly sure what it is that we want to watch. In response to that they created a “TV & Movies” app that lets you browse through all of the content available to you using a variety of filters to winnow down to whatever you are in the mood for.

YouTube was a big part of the initial pitch for Google TV and it continues to be one of the biggest priorities for Google. The app has been redone specifically for Google TV to let you get to the highest quality content on YouTube and it’s also better integrated into the updated search functionality.

Beyond the new apps that Google has added with the update we also have one of the biggest additions in my mind, which is the introduction of the Android Market to Google TV. The Google TV version of the Market won’t contain everything from the traditional Android Market at the outset, but so far 50 developers have worked with Google to populate it and it looks like it’s a pretty reasonable mix of games, news, music, TV networks and more traditional apps like Twitter. All developers are of course welcome to port their existing apps once they tweak them for the new interface.

So existing Google TV owners, are you satisfied with what you are seeing with this update? Is there anything else you would have liked to see Google address? If you don’t have a Google TV is this update making you consider picking one up?

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Via: Engadget

Source: Google TV Blog

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    If they haven’t included a stock media player for network streaming I’m going to punch someone.

    • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane

      While I agree, at least somebody can step up now and make one that works consistantly.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      We can totally make one, Clark.

    • BiGMERF

      somebody please record when clark punches someone ! angie?

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane

    I can’t believe they are pushing this to Sony before Logitech. Don’t they know I have a Logitech box!?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Ha, you beat me to it. I’m fairly surprised that Sony managed to get out of the gate with this update first as well.

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley


    Ok, I’m calm now. Thanks for listening.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      lame copycat….is lame.


      • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

        We need real-time comments like on G+, totally would have saved me the embarrassment.

  • Trev186

    I am excited i bought a Sony TV in anticipation of this :D

  • http://kenkinder.cm/ Ken

    I couldn’t help but notice that Hulu is not mentioned, nor is it listed in the featured apps.

    • Jason

      For me it is about streaming content. I want Google to make nice with Hulu and the networks to stop blocking their content on the Revue. It’s annoying. Fundamentally there is no difference between hooking my PC to my TV vs. hooking a Revue to it. And I would argue that the population that would do one or the other is pretty small. So to take a stand against Google TV just seems spiteful.

  • KB

    I really hope they have done something about the HDMI audio. Putting the Logitech Review between my DirecTV receiver and 7.1 audio receiver screws up my audio big time.

  • Interpol91

    Really am looking forward to this update on the Revue. Youtube has really gotten annoying lately for some reason. I’m still wondering how the heck Sony managed to squeeze out the first to update this. I guess this is their prize for being a phone manufacturer as well.

    f “soon thereafter” means over a month later then I’ll be joining Clark in punching someone.

  • http://www.dj-rb.com Robert B.

    I wonder if this will add support for 2-step verification and Application Specific Passwords?

    • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

      Got a lot of strangers using your TV?

  • http://Note Uncemister

    It’s about time! And I must be one of the few who is glad its coming to Sony first.

  • jon


    • mikemick

      You should throw your keyboard out the window, because your Caps lock button is broken :)

      • jon

        keyboard fixed, lol… cap button was locked :D but expressed my frustration!

  • pritams

    Good effort…