It’s no secret that GoogleTV hasn’t made the largest splash in the smart TV sector. This isn’t to say that it’s done horribly, but it’s safe to say that work still needs to be done to facilitate higher adoption rates. It’s also fairly hard to judge the number of GoogleTV’s in the wild, since Google and it’s partners don’t really like to give out the sales numbers. This is where Xyologic comes in; an app search company that allows users to find mobile apps across various platforms. They’ve recently released results that suggest, based on an estimate of the active install base for pre-installed GoogleTV apps, that the number of GoogleTV’s actively in use are between 500,000 and 1 million, of which the Logitech Revue dominates 50 to 70 percent.
It’s very important to point out that these numbers are estimates only, and do not actually resemble sales numbers, which could contain variables such as people that purchased the hardware but never even ended up using it. Another variable that these numbers don’t reflect are GoogleTV units that are running v1.0 of the software, which don’t show up on Android Market data. This data does still provide insight into usage of GoogleTV, and although the numbers aren’t exceptional, I wouldn’t say Google is out for the count just yet.
Yesterday we told you there would be a “big announcement” concerning Google TV. I’m not sure if this is considered big, but Google is announcing an update to the YoutTube app for Google TV. The update will make if faster and easier to find content, add the ability to add YouTune channel pages, and give you more control over your experience.
They’ve added a new feature called Discover, which will allow you to browse YouTube channels by categories. You can also browse through playlists and videos in your favorite channels, and you can subscribe to any channel from the new app. Finding related videos or videos from the same user is now easier to do as well.
It’s interesting because this past Saturday I was using the app and wondered how to get to certain YouTube channels so this should be a welcome addition. Those of you with Google TV should be able to get the update within the next few days.
source: google tv blogspot
Google TV left an intriguing update on its Facebook page yesterday. Something “big” is coming. So far that’s all they have posted on the matter. A lot of speculation has stemmed from the post with Hulu being one of the most frequented guesses/hopes. However, we may instead see new information regarding new Google branded home entertainment devices. Whether that would be in reference to the LG TV shown at CES or something a little different is up to even further speculation. At least we don’t have to wait long to find out!
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
Just when everyone thought Google TV was dead, Boom,
Checkout the video after the break