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Ultimate Ears’ Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker available soon

Ultimate Ears, a subsidiary of Logitech, recently announced an upgrade to their popular Logitech UE Mobile Boombox speaker. The all new Mini Boom is a powerful addition to the lineup, and packs a lot of the same great features as the original. With Bluetooth pairing, and an impressive battery life of 10 hours, you’re sure to want one (or more) for every room.

LG, Samsung and Vizio will all release Google TV hardware this year

We've been saying that Google TV needs a lot more partners if it's going to make it and boy howdy, Google's come through. In a post on 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.

Logitech Z515 Bluetooth Speaker Review

One of the most consistent complaints against phones of all types, including Android superphones favored by most of our readers, is that they have to make due with tiny, weak speakers. That's not anyone's fault, really - devices that fit in your pocket with enough technology to make Ray Kurzweil drool have to make some sacrifices. But  to rectify this situation, especially when you're traveling or trying to share music with lots of people, an external speaker of some kind is almost a necessity. Enter Logitech's Z515, a portable battery-powered Bluetooth speaker that intends to bring big sound in a small and easy-to-move package.

Some Logitech Revue retail units sold with bricked firmware

Google TV has taken a beating in the last few months, especially Logitech's flagship Revue set top box. To add insult to injury, 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.

Logitech Revue owners petition for unlockable bootloader

Google TV has seen better days. After an exciting start, the HTPC platform has been largely ignored by mainstream consumers, and the two hardware launch partners remain the only makers of Google TV devices to date. Logitech's Google TV users remain a small but dedicated lot, and they're growing increasingly frustrated over a lack of support and late updates. In order to have full access to the Revue hardware, a group of owners have petitioned the company to unlock the boootloader, in order to easily and effectively create custom ROMs and other mods.

Logitech abandons Google TV after 100 million dollar loss

Ouch. No one could claim that Google TV's been a smashing success, but Logitech called a spade a spade at its Analyst and Investor Day. 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]

Google TV 2.0 update coming to Sony next week, Logitech Revue later

Logitech appears 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.

Logitech Revue hitting retail stores claiming 3.1 Honeycomb and Android Market [Update]

It appears Google might finally be ready with the long delayed Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Logitech Revue and other Google TV set-tops. We've seen a few 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.
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