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.

Leak of Ice Cream Sandwich

An anonymous shopper got his Nexus S shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android version to be release around the end of 2011).

He was nice enough to send out this video on Engadget.

also from YouTube:

This also makes me wonder if we’ll just go ahead and skip the honeycomb update to the Google TV and go right to ice cream Sandwich as per Eric Schmidt’s announcement last week.

A First Look at New Google TV Apps

In preparation for the release of the Honeycomb OS for Google TV before the end of this month, many new apps are now appearing on the Android Market.

There is content from several publishers like the Wall Street Journal, CNNCNBCQVC and others.

Also interesting takes on what we can do with Google TV are offerings from smaller developers. Take Call Toaster for example, which automatically displays caller IDs and text messages from your Android phone while you watch live TV. Or the aVia Media Player, which allows users to stream local content from any computer or NAS drive within the own network. There’s even a Frogger app!

There is a slideshow of some of the apps on Gigaom or screenshots on thegadgets.

 

Designing Apps for Google TV

Here are some resources from Google I/O 2011 for those developers who were not able to attend. the SECOND link works well and has a downloadable PDF that hits on the key considerations when designing your killer living room app.

Building Android Apps for Google TV