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