LG’s Google TV 2.0 was set to hit shelves as early as this past weekend. LG, which will be offering their 3D LED TV model in both 47 and 55-inch sizes, with pricing set at $1600 and $2100 respectively, is postulated to be getting a jump on the competing sales of Apple TVs, which should be released later this year. While LG also has its own smart TV software called “Netcast”, only the version carrying Google TV software will be making an appearance this week, and LG will likely cling to the combined market power of Google TV as the threat of Apple TV approaches. Will brand banding be enough to push Google TV past Apple TV? Stay tuned, we may know soon.
[via Slash Gear]
Google has stated that since the recent update, Google TV activation rates have “more than doubled”. Now boasting more than 150 dedicated apps in the Android Market, Google TV continues to adapt to meet the expectations of it’s users, now by teaming up with Marvell, a worldwide leader in chipsets, who have announced that the new Foresight Platform, powered by the Marvell ARMADA 1500 HD Media System-on-a-Chip (SoC), will be replacing Intel chips in the emerging 2012 Google TV hardware.
According to Marvell’s own announcement, the new chips offer tremendous processing power, are energy-efficient, and more affordable– perfect for allowing Google to lower their price points and reach ever more consumers.
[via InteractiveTV Today]
Sony took advantage of CES 2012 to affirm it’s faith in Google TV by debuting an updated version of their Blu-ray player to be released this summer, along with an all new product to fill the gap that Logitech is leaving behind: a Google TV set-top box to be released in the Spring. Both recently announced items will feature all the perks of 2.0, plus a few fancy tricks to rival the competition.
Making dedicated space for the QWERTY keyboard seems to be at the top of the re-design list this year, as well as a touch-pad remote. Sony’s version will also be responsive to motion via a three-axis control system and will be outfitted with voice-search functionality. Sounds fancy, Sony (and it looks pretty darn good, too).
Hey everyone, remember a few weeks back when we speculated that Logitech may be pulling out of Google TV? Well, as it turns out, it looks like we were right. As stated by Logitech’s CEO Guerrino De Luca, Logitech is done with Google TV:
To make the long story short, we thought we had invented [sliced] bread and we just made them. [We made a commitment to] just build a lot because we expected everybody to line up for Christmas and buy these boxes [at] $300 [...] that was a big mistake.
While Logitech still undoubtedly hopes to unload their remaining stock of Revues with what may be a renewed wave of interest with the Honeycomb update, their work on Google TV is done. De Luca noted that while Google TV may have marketplace success in the future, he believed any notable success is still a long way off, and that Logitech will not be involved if and when that success occurs.
Logitech, which “executed a full scale launch with a beta product” (De Luca), lost $100 million dollars when consumer demand failed to (even remotely) meet expectations. It really must have hurt if they are swearing off Google TV forever, despite acknowledging that it may still have a significant future. If Logitech is out, should Google worry about losing Sony, which has also suffered significant losses as a result of low Google TV interest? Stay tuned to find out.
Sony Google TV devices got the Honeycomb update this week, and though us GTV Hub-ers are still waiting on the Revue to come around, TechCrunch is already talking 2.0. In summary, they are dubbing it beautiful but not brilliant– a definite improvement but still with vasst short fallings. As more and more reviews surface it will be interesting to see if this is the general consensus: did Google miss their mark again? Hopefully Logitech will jump on the 2.0 bandwagon in a hurry, so I can find out for myself! Stay tuned folks, the GTV Hub Google TV 2.0 Official Review is soon to come!
Update: Perhaps they read our post, but the folks at Logitech’s PR firm got back to us, although their lips are remaining sealed at this point. This post is obviously speculation, but we believe it is still very much warranted. Stay tuned.
We all know that Google TV hasn’t proven quite the cash cow that it’s creators and contributors had hoped, and as everything slows down further with the delayed release of Honeycomb and Google TV 2.0, we are starting to wonder if Logitech could be cutting their losses and pulling out of the Google TV game. We recently reached out to some Logitech Revue reps in regards to snagging some giveaway goodies for our readers and instead we were greeted with silence. That, paired with the price slashes that the Revue experienced this past year and the lack of Revue-focused hype for Google TV 2.0, has us wondering where the Logitech love is at. We’ve seen some software update leaks for the Revue, but haven’t heard any buzz about new and improved hardware, and while Sony shows off what’s soon to come, Logitech seems to be slinking into the background. Could it be that Logitech is no longer factoring Google TV into it’s future?
Tell me, Google TV fans, at what point am I compromising my journalistic integrity by reporting too many rumors? Well, in the spirit of throwing integrity to the wind, I’ve got more speculation as to when Google TV 2.0 and the Honeycomb update will finally drop! According to Scott Webster of Android Guys its finally clear that 2.0 is coming in full form on November 8th, and will be unveiled at Streaming Media West 2011, an annual event that encompasses everything streaming-media related (in case you couldn’t deduce that from the title).
From whence did this speculation spring, you ask? Well, from the extraordinarily vague comments that Donagh O’Malley made a few weeks ago, the fact that O’Malley will be speaking at the November 8th event, and from the fact that the “final” add-on for the Android SDK was recently released. If you ask me, I’d say one of Android Guys‘ readers was more accurate when he assessed, “So – we’re lookin’ at around Easter then..?”. Take it or leave it, this rumor isn’t worth much until it happens.
Yet another ETA on the official release date of Google TV 2.0, this one straight from Google’s mouth. At the Connected TV Panel, MIPCOM 2011, Google TV Director of Content Donagh O’Malley gave very specific details about precisely when Honeycomb will drop:
What I can tell you about what’s coming up with Google TV, is version two is about to launch probably within the next three or four weeks.
Well, thank you for nailing that down sir. Given how closely Google has stuck to its previous Google TV release date announcements, I’d say that it’s probably best not to hold our breaths. We’ll see Honeycomb when we see it, and you’ll be sure to see lots of it right here when that happens.
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