Logitech Revue Finally Getting 3.1 Update

I have not posted for many moons due to being extremely buys lately, and frankly, not being that inspired.

But late last night, I started hearing rumors about our Google TV box from Logitech finally receiving its update. It was met with much skepticism by the early adopter and android community. Who could blame us? We have had to wait over a month since the Sony Google TV boxes got the update! Plus dealing with generic “sometime in the coming weeks” timeframes.

Luckily, later in the evening, we got confirmation from the Logitech Blog:

We are pleased to announce that we will begin delivering a free software update of the Android 3.1 platform to Logitech Revue™ with Google TV™ this week. If you’re already a Revue user, simply ensure your unit is turned on and connected to the Web, and accept the update that pops up onto your TV screen. New customers are expected to receive this version automatically upon activation.

Some of the key developments include 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.

With the Android Market now available through your Logitech Revue, you’ll get new and useful apps all the time, such as the new Google Music app, making your Logitech Revue the fastest growing entertainment hub in your living room. At launch, the Android Market will feature around 50 apps optimized for HDTV, and we expect number of apps to increase over time.

In a world of infinite entertainment choices you need an easy way to discover the content you want to watch: Logitech Revue has you covered. The Google Chrome browser brings full search capabilities to your HDTV, along with full keyboard navigation and support for Adobe Flash player version 10.2.

The Quick Search Box quickly vets TV content, Web video, Apps, Bookmarks, and the Web, so you can spend less time searching and more time watching. And the TV & Movies app allows people to easily search, watch and even rate more than 80,000 movies and TV episodes from cable, Netflix, Amazon and YouTube.

With the Logitech Media Player software and your Logitech Revue, you can unlock your computer’s library of music, movies and photos to enjoy on your HDTV.

What’s more, Logitech Revue can help you visit with friends and family. Thanks to the optional Logitech TV Cam and Vid HD service, you can make and receive high definition video calls on your HDTV, and from the comfort of your couch.

Customer feedback is very important to us, and we worked closely with Google to ensure that Logitech Revue with the next version of Google TV incorporates the features and improvements that are most important to you. With these improvements, we hope you find that the Logitech Revue with the next version of Google TV is an easy way to integrate your existing broadcast or pay TV service with Internet content all on your HDTV.

I think I speak for many of us when I say that I may be willing to forget all that if the update reaches me and I can at least have a working browser, a cleaned up interface, access to the market and hope for a software based root access.

I realize that Logitech will not continue to update or even support the Revue moving forward, but I hope it can at least be a reasonably useful tool as is.

Once I get my update, I will be sure to post a review (or a well done one by others). All the negativity and disappointment expressed so for for the Honeycomb update has been with the Sony and the leaked versions. I still hold out for the possibility that this delay in our update allowed programmers to improve on the 3.1.

Honeycomb for Google TV Leaked

Here is a walkthrough of the new OS that was leaked by GTVHacker

If you want to see the install, channelandroid has a video of that as well (click the link in the video)

I am going to wait for the official build to come out (later this month?) but I was excited to see what the interface is likely to look like.

If you are looking to actually do this yourself, here are the instructions (from GTV Hacker)

The full process on to install Honeycomb on the Revue has finally been leaked. The process doesn’t seem too complicated, especially for those who are familiar with rooting your Android handsets so here’s the complete how-to.

NOTE: You do this at your own risk. I, GTV Hacker and anybody else is not responsible for what may happen to your device. It is possible that doing this may prevent you from updating your device with any future official updates.

  • Copy the update.zip to a Fat32 formatted USB drive, place it in its root (ie /mnt/usb/update.zip or E:\update.zip)
  • Plug USB drive into Revue. Fully unplug revue. Plug it back in, count to One (a long one, say one mississippi), then hold down the connect button (keep it held). The Revue logo will come up, and the box will reboot, your tv will lose signal, and come back to the Revue logo. At this point, let go of the button.
  • The GTV logo will then show up, with an arrow and a horizontal “barbershop scroll”. At this point, on your Revue’s keyboard, press the FN key (in yellow) and the left arrow (to the left of the OK button). It will then come up to a recovery menu.
  • Hit “Apply update from sdcard:/update.zip”
  • The box will verify the update, and reboot. This is normal. It is installing an updated bootloader and recovery image (both, heavily encrypted).
  • Then, the box will come back on, and flash the latest kernel and system files. Once this is done, the box will reboot again.
  • This bootup may take a few minutes, at first you will see the Revue logo, then the Google TV logo, then the “new” logo (a grey tv over a ball glowing red). Just wait it out.

You can then begin setup, as normal. You may notice some crashes – this software is still beta, you should be able to force close and continue.