Some Recent Logitech Revue Purchases were DOA

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As if the Logitech Revue wasn’t doomed enough already after having a lousy adoption rate and prolonged Android upgrade, the Google TV box is getting another round of disappointing news. Some folks who had enough gusto to drop the cash for the seemingly reasonable and reduced price of $99 for the Revue over the holidays are reporting that their device was DOA.

Unfortunately many new owners are reporting that when they attempt to setup the Revue for the first time, it fails once they get to the point of accepting their EULA. Logitech hasn’t released any information on when and if a fix will be available, but many people are opting to just return the device for a refund.

I remember way back when I purchased my Revue for $99 only because I learned that it would eventually receive the Android upgrade. If it weren’t for Android, I wouldn’t have even bothered spending the money, and now with people hearing this latest news I can only imagine people being discouraged more than ever. How about you? Are you still contemplating on picking up one for yourself?

[via Phandroid]

 

Next Generation Of Google TV Arrives To Logitech Revue

by Roy Alugbue on
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Logitech may have flopped on the Google TV experiment, but it hasn’t stopped them from updating the Revue. Sure other Google TV devices have been seen the Android 3.1 update already, but hey– Logitech believes it’s better late than never, right? They announced through their blog that Android 3.1 will be pushed to users’ devices. Owners simply need to ensure their unit is turned on and connected to the Web and accept the update that pops up onto your TV screen.

There are some noteworthy features in the update too. You’ll find more entertainment choices such as access to Android Market; faster and more comprehensive search and browse capabilities; a simplified user interface and improvements to the Logitech Media Player. The big eye-opener for most of you is the access to the Android Market. The major impact is the Android Market will feature around 50 apps optimized for HDTV and moreover, Logitech expects the number of apps to “increase over time”.

See Revue owners, Logitech hasn’t left you all in the dust after all. Be sure to check to see if the update is available and when you do grab it, do tell us how it works out for you in the Comments section.

[via Logitech Blog]

Google Music Will Integrate with Google TV

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Google announced today, that Google Music would be coming to Google TV. For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, let me catch you up to speed by giving you the link to our coverage of the event. Are you back now? OK, now that we got you up to speed, Google has been looking for a way to try and get a piece of the pie, that Amazon and iTunes hold.

Google music is their hope to get that piece. The Android OS is on more phones world wide then any other OS, so it stands to good reason that as long as they offer good quality music for reasonable prices, they shouldn’t lose.

Google has been making good strides to make products that people want. It just recently launched Google wallet and now Google Wallet just swallowed up Google Checkout. The Galaxy Nexus just launched in the UK with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Google is heading in the right track, lets hope they don’t derail anywhere along the way.

Check out the source for more details on Google TV/Music being paired. Let us now if you plan to use Google Music on your TV in the comments section.

[Source Google TV]

Logitech Admits Mistake On Revue – Google TV Experiment

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We finally have comments on the Logitech Revue. It had gone from being one of the most anticipated devices to one of the biggest duds in recent memory. Not even a huge price reduction generated consumer interest. CEO Guerrino De Luca admits the launch “a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature”. De Luca goes on to add Logitech has “brought closure to the Logitech Revue saga”, adding there are “no plans to introduce another box to replace Revue”. It’s a sad conclusion to a product that once had immense potential. Here’s hoping another manufacturer will be able to learn from Logitech’s flop and come up with a new variation of Google TV.

[via GTVsource]

Android 3.1 Update Ready forSony Google TV Blu-Ray Player

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In case you haven’t heard, Google is finally rolling out the Android 3.1 update to all Google TV devices. Sony branded units are among the first to get the treat and today, we have another Sony product to add to the list.

The Honeycomb update is all ready for those of you who own a Sony Google TV Blu-Ray player and it’s just waiting for you to download. If you have the device and haven’t received the update yet, head into Settings –> About –> System Updates. From there you should be able to manually push some Honeycomb lovin’ onto your device. Enjoy!

[via DroidLife]

Google TV 2.0 Already Pushing Out to Select Sony Products

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Wow, that was fast! As we reported last week, Google planned to start pushing out the Android 3.1 update to Sony branded Internet TV boxes and televisions starting this week. Today, select Sony devices have already received the update, unleashing multiple new features for the Google TV experience.

Although Logitech boxes are further down the roll-out schedule, today I was sent an email reassuring me that my Revue box would not be forgotten about:

Hello,

Thank you for having purchased a Google TV product with the initial version of our software.

We’re excited to send you this advance notice about a number of software improvements that will soon be coming to your device through an automatic update. The update is rolling out over the next few weeks. » Read the rest

[Video] Google TV 2.0 officially Announced – Updates to Begin Next Week

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So apparently Google has been reading TalkAndroid and heard my frustration in yesterday’s post about the ongoing lack of the Android 3.1 update. This morning, Google made an announcement in the official Google TV blog and also released a YouTube video preview. The big G says “these are still early days, and we’re working hard to move forward with each update”, so don’t plan on the first release to be a fully polished version. Personally, I will take anything at this point.

You can read the full blog post for yourself here, but the following statement pretty much sums up the roll-out process:

This software update will be coming to Sony devices starting early next week and Logitech devices soon thereafter. We look forward in the coming months to announcing new software updates as well as new devices on new chipsets from multiple hardware partners.

A few things you can expect to see once your device is updated will be:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they’re on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It’s now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won’t initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV — apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won’t show, so that pares things down quite a bit — but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

So for you Sony owners, be on the lookout over the next couple of weeks, if you own a logitech Revue, you and I will have to wait it out lust a little bit longer. Jump past the break to see that YouTube preview video I was talking about and let us know what you think! » Read the rest

Logitech Revue Packaging Gets Android 3.1 Sticker

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When I first saw the picture above I got really pissed, my Revue has been sitting under my TV just waiting for some official Android love to no avail. It wasn’t until I did some further research did I find out that the box pictured above is not loaded with Android 3.1 and shouldn’t hit store shelves until the Android 3.1 update actually rolls out.

This photo has caused quite a stir and subsequently resulted in a official response from Logitech:

Since the official release of the Google TV SDK, and more recently this little debacle, you can bet we will see Google TV 2.0 pretty damn soon. In case your curious what Android on your TV might actually look like, check out our previous post showing some pretty cool looking screenshots. I don’t know about you, but I really want Honeycomb and the Android market on the big screen, all from the comfort of my La-Z-Boy!

[via engadget & logitech]

Google TV 2.0 Images With A Shot Of The Market

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A few weeks ago we showed you an announcement that Google TV 2.0 would be out in the next month or so. The new update to Android 3.1 will also take Google TV from 8 pre-installed apps to 1,000+ over night with 250 of them being TV oriented. We’ve got some new images of 2.0 showing the market and a glimpse of the new UI for your viewing pleasure. Google TV, though it wasn’t a huge success, is still something I’d really like to see take off and be a huge success. This new update could really give Google TV what it needs to impress the masses. It looks like a great user interface allowing you to see all movies currently playing on TV with time remaining and apps to boot. Anyone currently have Google TV or thinking about getting one? Check out two more shots after the break.

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Final version of Google TV SDK went live

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Back in August, Google released a preview build for the Google TV SDK, and we are happy to announce the final version went live yesterday.

The differences between the two builds are minor, but the Action Bar is now horizontal like Honeycomb tablets. They also added additional on-screen quick access keys for picture-in-picture, fast forward, and channel buttons.

Now that we have the final version we should see some really nice development. I am excited to see what Google TV becomes with the Honeycomb update.

[via googletv]