Still eyeing a Google TV product? Thanks to TigerDirect you can grab one of the first Google TV product in the Logitech Revue for a mere $50 (refurbished). Normally $100, you can use a coupon code (TPF73771) to get $20 off a refurbished model up front, plus a $30 rebate to bring it down to a meager $50.
You have have until October 27th to order the Revue in order to qualify for the rebate. After the purchase, you have 30 days to turn in your rebate and get your money back. Hit up the source link if you’re interested!
Google TV has had a rocky start with Logitech pulling out and adoption rates overall pretty low. But Google is not giving up. In fact, as we already expected, Google will be announcing a big update during Google I/O this week. The update is said to combine live TV listings, your own DVR content, and Netflix. The idea is to put content front and center.
The Mountain View company is certainly dedicated to making Google TV a success. Through several learning sessions during I/O, Google will help make it easier for developers to get their content onto the platform. Partners are also being added, such as Sony who announced that their NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV will be available July 22nd for $199.
It is not yet known exactly when the update will hit and what devices will get it, though I’m sadly expecting it to bypass my Logitech Revue.
source: fox news
One of the major reasons the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box didn’t catch on is that it launched for $299, a price point that was hard to swallow for a first-gen device. Logitech bailed and put it on $99 clearance (which is when I got one).
Sony is learning from Logitech’s mistakes and is launching its new NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box at $199, a more reasonable price point, especially for a device running the latest version of Google TV. It also comes with a QWERTY keyboard remote with a track pad/button combo on the flip side. Looks like a very nice package, and now you can pre-order one from J&R. No word on when it will ship, but the page does state it’s “coming soon”.
Tempted? Hit the source link to pre-order.
via: android central
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.
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?
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]
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.
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:
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.
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!
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]