the official Google TV blog, they've announced a series of new hardware partners including some very familiar names, like LG, Samsung and Vizio, all of whom will release Google TV powered devices sometime in 2012. Chipset makers Marvell and MediaTek were also announced, as well as the sole returning Google TV manufacturer, Sony.
GTV Source reports that a considerable number of users who recently bought the Revue found that it couldn't authenticate with Google's servers, making the device a curvy and expensive paperweight. Apparently the issue is only happening to newer Revue boxes, though that's hardly a comfort to those affected.
petitioned the company to unlock the boootloader, in order to easily and effectively create custom ROMs and other mods.
CEO Guerrino De Luca said that the company had lost over $100 million in operating profits between the Revue and the EMEA region. De Luca did not mention the total loss breakdown between the hardware and the region. Currently, the company has no immediate plans to create a replacement for the Revue, but left the possibility open for new hardware some time in the future. So what were the biggest made with Google TV? According to De Luca, the pricing is the biggest issue, with $300 being an unrealistic price point for large sales. (Ya think?) He went on to call the whole endeavor "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature," and the company does not intend to manufacture more Revue units after the current hardware is sold.
To make the long story short, we thought we had invented [sliced] bread and we just made them. [We made a commitment to] just build a lot because we expected everybody to line up for Christmas and buy these boxes [at] $300 [...] that was a big mistake.The pricing issue seems obvious enough; after all, Apple TV isn't exactly a barn-burner either, and it's only $100. Roku only gained mainstream attention when its prices hit rock-bottom, and that product has a lot more focus that Google TV. Still, Google's got plenty of money and manpower to devote to Google TV if they wish, a fact attested to by the recent update to Honeycomb with Android apps in tow. With only one major manufacturer supporting it, the future of Google TV is looking pretty bleak - maybe a Nexus-style device (at a more appropriate price) could bring Google TV into sharper focus? [via AndroidGuys]
more than ready for Google TV's Honeycomb update, but according to a new blog post from the Google TV team, Sony's TVs and set-top boxes will be getting it first starting next week. The Logitech Revue will follow "soon thereafter". The updated post outlines some of the new Google TV features, including Android Market support and an improved user interface. In an interesting bit of humility, the post admits that the original Google TV software "wasn't perfect," and focuses on the simpler homescreen with customizable video and app shortcuts. Search functions have also been refined, allowing for a broad search across live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO and other video services. It will also recommend content similar to what you've already watched, a la Netflix's recommendation engine. A new customized YouTube app will compliment the upcoming Google TV apps that will spring up on the Android Market. The 3.1 Honeycomb update has been a long time coming, but Google TV users' wait is almost over. Logitech appears ready to send their Revue set-top boxes to retail stores with the software pre-loaded, and developers are already working on Google TV apps via the expanded Android SDK. Google also mentioned that some much-needed new partner and device announcements would be coming in the next few months.
Honeycomb leaks lately and after the Revue dropped to $99 many bought it with the hopes to get Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich one day soon. The Logitech Revue is now hitting retail stores again with an updated box. This time right front and center it says Android 3.1 Honeycomb and the Android Market -- I guess it's time I go buy one.
finally made it's way to the states through the Now network, and the sign-up page is already live over at AT&T! T-Mobile has specs confirmed for its own device but sporting a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor opposed to the 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos. If you are looking to see an in-depth benchmark comparison of the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and international Galaxy S II, then head over here for the showdown. Finally, you will be pleased to hear Samsung has already released the Epic 4G Touch kernel source to the public! Let the modifications begin.