15 Comments

Summary:

Google TV devices from Sony received an update based on Android Honeycomb 3.2 this week, and Logitech’s Revue will be updated in the near future. This is the last major update for the platform before Ice Cream sandwich, which is rumored to come before year’s end.

google tv

Google rolled out a significant update to its Google TV platform this week, which started to reach Sony’s Google TV devices a few days ago. The update brings Google TV to Android Honeycomb 3.2, which makes this the last big update before the platform migrates to Android 4, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. The new software has so far only been made available to Sony devices, but an update to Logitech’s Revue is forthcoming.

Here’s what’s new to this update:

  • Google TV now supports hardware acceleration, which should make apps with animation effects much snappier.
  • Updated devices also support HTTP Live Streaming. This should not only help with HTML5 web video, but finally make local media streaming through apps like Plex work on the platform.
  • Improvements to the way Google TV identifies channels will make it easier for app developers to build their own EPGs.
  • Google TV’s Chrome browser was also gets an uplift.

So when will Ice Cream Sandwich come to Google TVs? We asked a Google spokesperson, but didn’t receive a reply in time for this story. There are rumors that the Ice Cream Sandwich update will be made available before the end of the year. Google TV folks have said in the past that there will be smaller updates throughout the year, with a bigger emphasis being put on updating apps for the platform in the coming months.

  1. michael stewart Thursday, February 2, 2012

    i hope logitech does better than the screwup of last month’s update.

    Share
  2. I am really curios to know why Logitech is consistently behind Sony for Google TV updates. Is it more Logitech’s or Google’s fault?

    Share
  3. Dain – I think its because of the customization Logitech has done to Android and their lack of support/interest in making this product succeed at this point.

    Share
  4. Thought the Review was getting no more updates?
    Is google going to pick up support?

    Share
  5. when are they going to add a “game mode”?, the input lag on my ps3 and Xbox 360 is ridiculous.

    Share
    1. I KNOW… Seriously I hope this will fix that. Or else GOODBYE google tv…

      Share
    2. Why on earth would u run your xbox or ps3 thru your GTV ? Only have one HDMI port ?

      It will prob never have GAME MODE, GTV is not for gaming.

      Share
    3. i use a xbox 360 and have no issue with input lag try a new HDMI cable not a cheap one. The cheap ones always have lag.

      Share
      1. Input lag has NOTHING to do with HDMI cable price. Signal is digital and travels same speed over any cable.
        If you were trying to be funny, then sorry sarcasm missed me.

        Share
  6. how do i activate the hardware acceleration that is new?

    Share
  7. I jus got the Honeycomb update for my Sony Google TV. Fuxin SWEEEEET!

    Share
  8. Yup just received the update on my sony gtv :3

    Share
  9. We didnt have hardware accel? lol didn’t even realize that.

    Share
  10. Logitech revue update forthcoming??? Has this been confirmed??

    Share
    1. It has not so unless he mentions his source or at least alludes to speaking with someone at Logitech this is just an assumption.

      Share

Comments have been disabled for this post