Google TV 2.0 Stories November 10, 2011

At a meeting with investors yesterday, Logitech’s CEO Guerrino De Luca didn’t hold back while talking about how Google TV has affected their business. Luca said that Google TV ‘cost us dearly’, and that developing the set-top box was a mistake. He also dropped the bomb that Logitech will be letting their supply of Revues run out this quarter and won’t develop any more or be manufacturing a follow-up device either. Ouch.

Luca does believe, however, Google TV has a chance sometime in the future, but said it needs some work. He went as far as saying Google TV is currently like a beta.

Even with the recent 3.1 update, we’re going to have to side with Luca on this one. Google TV is still missing many key features to disrupt the television industry. It’s going to take more innovation, content deals, and devices to get the ball rolling. (via The Verge)

 

 

Google TV 2.0 Stories October 6, 2011

According to the AndroidOS.in blog, the update will be released in the next three to four weeks, per the official statement from the mouth of Google TV director of content Donagh O’Malle:

What I can tell you about what’s coming up with Google TV, is version two is about to launch probably within the next three or four weeks.

He also noted that Android Market currently hosts more than 250 apps optimized for the Google TV platform. The firmware update should probably arrive around or shortly after the ICS announcement.

It is no secret that Google’s focus in the broadcasting space has sharpened lately. They are investing a hundred million dollars in original content for YouTube and aiming to stream premium entertainment content on scheduled YouTube channels beginning next year. Those separate strides should be viewed as part of the broad push into the TV business. If Google’s bet pays off, the company could gain a strong footing in the multi-billion dollar market that is Hollywood entertainment.

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