Earlier, we reported about a mystery entertainment device by Google making an appearance at the FCC, and we’re guessing this could be the first Android@Home commercial device. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is developing and plans to market a wireless, music-streaming home-entertainment system. This would mark the first time Google would be designing and marketing a consumer electronics device under its name.
Apparently, people briefed on Google’s plans say that the company’s entertainment device has been in development for years, and is expected to be unveiled later this year. The device is said to stream music from Google Music’s storage service and serve it wirelessly to Web-connected devices, including a set of Google-made speakers. Streaming video through the device could come in the future as well. The whole system would be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, though it is unclear at this time if the controller devices have to be Android-powered.
With Google TV’s tepid response in the market, it is believed that the plan this time is to offer the entertainment device at a more affordable price point than competing systems, such as the products designed by Sonos, Inc.
Word has just been released from the Google TV camp that a new update should hit Sony devices this week. You can expect a fancy new Chrome browser that has been said to just “work faster,” and the update will also enable 3D for Blu-ray discs.
I know when I try and browse the web on my Logitech Revu I get frustrated with load times and often opt to grab my tablet instead. I’m just afraid the update might not apply to the Revu because we all know it was just discontinued and is pretty much a collectors item at this point. I guess this is a perfect opportunity to see if Logitech plans to maintain updates even though they just recently threw in the towel.
As for all Sony products go, you can bet your ass they will get the update. After seeing what sony has in store for this years Google TV products we know damn well they plan to continue their efforts.
If any of you get this update be a pal and let us know what it’s like, umkay? Thanks!
Well, Logitech has announced its Q3 earnings for the 2012 fiscal year and it’s sort of what we expected, there’s not much going on. However, in the midst of dropping out of the Google TV business for the utter failure of the product, the company has confirmed they’ve completely sold out of all their new units. So, sorry folks, no more $99 units floating around. And if you were one of the folks who purchased the device at full price, ouch in advance. However, do keep in mind that Vizio has promised to bring us a second gen unit for the same low price. So hang in there if you’ve been looking for the right moment to hop on the Google TV train. Feel free to leave a comment or two below.
Most of you are familiar with Google TV, but I am sure not that many of you have heard of an Android TV. Yes, Android TV. Imagine having the capability of a full blown android experience on your television just by adding a neat little set top box. A Russian based company called IconBit has created just that — a line of set-top boxes that will bring the Android OS to any HDMI compatible television.
We had a chance to meet with the IconBit team at CES and got a rundown on their latest Android endeavors. They have created 4 different boxes that all access the Android Market and a couple that come with a gesture controlled remote (think Nintendo Wii). One of the more exciting bits of news was the announcement that all 4 devices will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. All units provide a tablet-like experience on your home television and can be linked up with an external hard drive for storing your favorite media files.
Plans are supposedly on the table for LG to get first access to Google TV software. The partnership is expected to be similar to that which Google struck with Samsung and HTC for creating Nexus phones. At this time both parties have declined to comment but neither have debunked the claims either. I personally own Sony’s NSX32-GT1, the 32″ television. Since purchasing the device, Google TV has certainly matured and it seems manufacturers agree if the number of new Google TV partners are any indication. If ICS is in these systems’ future, it will get even better, fast.
One thing is for sure, the Google TV LG previewed at CES (above) certainly looks fitting of the Nexus brand. With design lines like that, I’m sure LG can bring a proper Nexus TV to market. Get another perspective of that new LG Google TV after the break.
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I have been interested in Google TV for a while but convincing my sweetie that I need to turn our TV into a giant Android device is well, darn near impossible. Given Google’s announcements at CES this year regarding its TV service and who they would be partnered with, it wouldn’t be long before more devices hit the market. Well this device was brought to my attention earlier this afternoon and after looking at it I think it could be something worth looking into. Magic-Pro iGoGo TV looks to turn your TV into a full Android 2.3.1 tablet of sorts. It has the following specs:
Microsoft just keeps seeing those royalties come in. It has just announced LG has signed a licensing agreement for devices which runs Android or Chrome. This arrangement for Microsoft is similar to that of Huawei and Samsung already in place. Here’s Microsoft attorney Horacio Guitierrez making an official statement of Microsoft’s newest licensing deal:
“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS”.
70 percent of all Android smartphones in the US have Microsoft patent licensing deals huh? Microsoft continues to indirectly impact the Android ecosystem. Moreover, it looks as though LG’s smartphones won’t be the only ones affected. LG’s future TV lineup which will be Google TV-powered and likely use Chrome will also fall under the new patent licensing move. All eyes are now on you Googlorola.
We had a chance to sit down with OnLive CEO Steven Perlman. As you know OnLive is a cloud based gaming service that was officially launched about a month ago. It’s basically a Netflix type of service for gaming. You can buy in at a monthly rate of $9.99 a month or purchase individual games for approximately $40+ each. Right now there about 200 games available from every genre. You can play with people all over the world and even watch games in action as they are happening as a spectator. You can quickly and easily save highlights from your games and share the via them and others can rate them.
OnLive works on your tablet, smartphone, Logitech Revue, or the recently released Vizio VAP430. Since it’s cloud based, it always saves your game data so you can seamlessly switch from the TV to your tablet or vice verse. You can even pair the controller with tablets and the USB connector works with the Logitech Revue. The app for the revue just launched, however, you can only use it as a spectator. In the coming weeks an update will take place in which it will give us the ability to play any of the 200+ games.
This is truly an amazing service and I believe it’s the future of gaming. Whether you’re a hardcore or casual gamer, you need to checkout this hands on video presentation by Steven.
Google TV is alive and kicking at CES this year, but with Logitech backing out of standalone units, who’s going to pick up the pieces? Vizio and Google just announced the Vizio VAP430 Stream Player. This is a standalone unit that will turn any HDTV into an enhanced VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and smart TV incorporating the latest Google TV. It includes a Chrome browser and will play music, video, and pictures stored on any computer, hard drive, or smart phone connected to a local network or the cloud. Just like the Logitech Revue, it has a pass-through HDMI port for your cable or satellite box, which creates a seamless television experience.
“We’re excited about what Google TV brings to our new VAP430 Stream Player,” says Matthew McRae, VIZIO’s Chief Technology Officer. “This isn’t just an ordinary streaming box that accesses a few predetermined video services. It’s a true entertainment portal that opens up everything the Web has to offer, as well as all the content consumers already have stored on computers and hard drives. And the incorporation of Google TV and our V.I.A. Plus interface makes it all incredibly easy to setup and a joy to use.”
They also plan on launching the VBR430 3D Blu-ray player, which combines the features of the VAP430 with Blu-ray’s state-of-the-art high-definition video and audio playback capabilities. No pricing was announced, but pre-orders will start in the spring for the VAP430.
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Full press release after the break: