We know that Google is going to introduce a new TV set-top box of some sort, and we are hoping that it will get released by the end of the year. It looks like that may happen since a new media player just passed the FCC. Unfortunately we don’t have too many details at this point, but the device is called the Google H840 and it “functions as a media player”. It also supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. The name of the device is obviously a codename, but the model number is H2G2-42. No pictures were filed, so this is all we have to go on.
I know a lot of people have been holding out on buying a Google TV box with the hopes that Google will introduce something soon. Sounds like everyone’s prayers are about to be answered. Lets just hope it’s not another bust like the Nexus Q.
Google TV has always been shunned a little more than other Google products, despite running Android. Well, if you were an early adopter of Google TV, there’s good news. According to Google, Google TV is being moved to Android 4.2.2, and Google TV is being reworked to allow OEM partners to quickly update their devices. The time frame will supposedly be cut from “months” down to “weeks.” Google TV will also be moved to the latest version of Chrome, as well as Chrome’s rather speedy six-week release cycle. Good news for owners, as this means your devices won’t be obsoleted quickly.
Google also said in their Google+ post that older devices should begin receiving updates soon, and we can expect to see new devices later this year. Nexus Q 2.0, anyone?
source: Google Plus
One annoyance of Google TV has always been the lack of video streaming apps for the platform. PlayOn has arrived for Google TV to help, allowing users to stream Hulu, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, and more than 50 other channels to the set-top box.
For a long time PlayOn has offered a way to stream content from your computer to devices that didn’t support it, including Netflix before it was officially available for Android. PlayOn streams video content though a home network, so a server application needs to be installed on your PC in addition to the PlayOn app on the device being streamed to.
Normally, PlayOn costs $25 per year or $50 for a lifetime license, but for a limited time, PlayOn is free for Google TV, so go and get it now. More information on PlayOn and the official press release can be found after the break.
It was introduced at CES as the ASUS Qube, but it will officially be spelled as the Cube. I found it interesting that they spelled it with a “Q” in the first place, and I suspect there was too much confusion with the Nexus Q, hence the change. Last week it was reported that it would be available on April 23rd, which was darn close as it looks like it will be April 24.
How do we know? Newegg has the Cube on their site with that release date, and it’s available for pre-order now. Pricing is a little higher than what we were told as well. The plan was for $129, but now it’s $139. However, Newegg is offering a $10 promotional gift card, but only for people who order by April 23. This pricing is very surprising when you consider that most of the competition is around $99, and ASUS has a strong history of pricing their Android devices competitively.
I didn’t get to spend too much time with the Cube, but I didn’t see anything that it offered more than other Google TV devices except for the unique cube-like user interface. Priced at $139, does the Cube have a chance of helping bring Google TV to the forefront? Check out our hands on video, and/or hit the break for Neweggs’s 21 minute demo video.
We had a chance to see the ASUS Qube in action back in January at CES, but we have no idea why it wasn’t released yet. We were told that it would be available in February/March for a price of $129. We aren’t sure what the holdup was, but those of you that are waiting for this one will be happy to know that it will be available starting April 23rd for the same price. Unfortunately we don’t know if this is a global release date or if it’s for one region.
The ASUS Qube is a Google TV device that is not only shaped like a cube, but the interface is cube-like. It’s actually a departure from what ASUS has been doing in that they really haven’t change the Android UI all that much as far as their tablets. For whatever reason, they decided to change things up with their first Google TV offering. It also costs a little more than other recent offerings from VIZIO and Hisense. Check out our hands on from CES and let us know if the Qube will be the one that finally gets you onboard with Google TV.
Owners of Google TV platforms have a nice addition to the Google TV Remote app in an update that was released yesterday. The app runs on a user’s Android device and when the device is connected to the same WiFi network that a Google TV is connected to, it gives the user remote control capabilities.
Netgear is trying to turn things around at this year’s CES with the introduction of a wide swath of new pieces of technology and smartphone applications. One of the better product announcements was the company’s new NeoTV with Google TV, an all-in-one set-top box for your living room with all the bells and whistles you’d ever need. Take a look after the break as we go hands-on.
ASUS has thrown its hat into the Google TV arena by introducing its first G-TV device, aptly named the Qube. The Qube aims to give users a unique TV experience thanks to its Qube interface— which is more or less a 3D UI— and of course, access the Play Store. In addition the Qube will come with some nice little perks as ASUS include access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows through Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, while 50GB of WebStorage cloud space pretty much puts the finishing touches on the cubed package.
Unfortunately, ASUS has not provided any details for when the device will be available nor do we know what the cost will be, but hopefully we will see something sooner than later.
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Google have recently confirmed that ASUS will venture into the Google TV area for the first time with their first product to be debuted during next weeks CES in Vegas. While Google and ASUS have yet to announce the name, there’s a good chance it could be the “Qube,” the Google TV dongle that recently passed the FCC. Also, Google also announced that they are expecting new Google TV products from Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL, as well as LG, Vizio, Sony and many others.
This years CES will certainly bring forth many new devices and surprises. Stay tuned got Talk Android’s covered on CES as our very own Robert Nazarian will provide up-to-date news coverage from CES Vegas!
source: Google TV Blog
Google TV may still be lacking behind the rest of the smart TV pack, but Archos believes it has solved the apparent issue with its new TV Connect. The Android-powered computer box plugs into any existing HDTV to offer a seamless connected experience.
Along with the box itself, customers will be treated to a massive remote with more controls than you could ever imagine necessary, featuring a full QWERTY kerboard, a D-pad and a slew of gaming buttons..To differentiate itself from the rest of the ill-fated Google TV crowd, Archos has also included a pair of pointer sticks to “control your TV just like you would your tablet with a tapping and/or swiping motion.” If that’s not enough, the box has a built-in HD webcam, making video calls a breeze.