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Google TV devices from LG are getting updated to a more recent version of Android. Next up: a new name for the TV platform.

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Owners of LG’s Google TVs are finally getting their Jelly bean update: LG started updating its Google TV devices with Android version 4.2.2 Wednesday. The update represents a big step for Google TV, which up until now was based on Android 3.2 — but it could also be the last update under the Google TV moniker.

Some users reported receiving the update Thursday, and an LG spokesperson confirmed that LG has officially pulled the trigger on the update. Google first announced in May that it was going to update Google TV with Jelly Bean, and LG had said at the time that it would push out the device by Q3, but the company obviously missed that goal by a few weeks.

The new update primarily brings new features for developers to Google TV, as it will now be easier to port apps running on Android tablets or phones to the TV platform. Owners of LG devices also got access to an app for Walmart’s Vudu service and a new version of Google’s Chrome browser, which apparently doesn’t run Flash anymore, according to screen shots published by Android Police.

The update to a more recent version of Android is just a first step for Google TV. The next one will be a new name, as Google has decided to get rid of the Google TV brand altogether and instead encourages manufacturers to call their devices “Android TV” or TV with “Google services.”

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  1. I’m a huge fan of Android on the TV. I personally own 3 units from TotoTV, I saw them at the CES Show this year and I’m quite happy with their solution. My boxes have a customized version of Android 4.1 in order to keep flash on their browser.
    Google TV was DOA, after Hulu and some other sited decided to block it… welcome mainstream Andorid on the TV

    1. The only information I can find on TotoTV is in Spanish. Where did you get them? I can’t even find any place that sells them.

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