GoogleTV Relaunch; Now Includes Android Market, Cleaner UI & More!

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  1. dgstorm

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    We thought we should share this particular news for any of our users that are GoogleTV fans. Be sure to check out and discuss all your GoogleTV news and info at our sister-site, @ GoogleTVForum.org!

    Google just launched their newest update of GoogleTV, and it is such a massive improvement, it could easily be called a relaunch of the product. Practically everything has been improved from the ground up. Here's a quote from GoogleTV's blog with some launch time-frames for different devices,
    Let's dive into the new features. Here's a complete breakdown of the most notable changes taken directly from the GoogleTV Blog:

    Let's elaborate a little deeper on these features. First, the biggest and arguably best change is access to the Android Market. According to Google TV VP of Product Mario Queiroz, there will be around 40 or more featured apps that are optimized for Google TV, including QVC for Google TV, Wall Street Journal Live, Pandora, Clicker, Twitter & more. Furthermore, the number of compatible apps will be approximately 1600 to 1800 at first. It's important to note that this number will include many mobile apps that may just have been altered slightly to also run on the TV screen. Additionally, users can now install non-market apps which should appeal to the hackers and developers, and help to build a developer community that can improve the device over time.

    Additional, the UI has been streamlined and the programming guide has been greatly enhanced, yet simplified. Their intention was to "get out of the viewer's way" as much as possible. In fact, the programming guide offers access to live TV listings along with online sources for video content, and there is even an (opt-in only) option to receive personalized recommendations based on your own past ratings and viewing patterns. Furthermore, searching for your favorite content is now easier than ever. Also, YouTube is no longer just an afterthought, but is more heavily integrated into the design to improve its usability and picture quality. You can now start YouTube videos in full screen mode immediately.

    In a way, even though this is a pretty massive change, this new update is what GoogleTV aspired to be from the beginning, but failed to fully materialize. Overall, the changes are welcome and truly enhance the user experience for the fledgling product. We have included a couple of video demos for you to watch while you anxiously await your turn in the update Que this weekend.

    Source: GoogleTVForum.org via GoogleTV.blogspot and Gigaom
     
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    I'm very interested in GoogleTV. I haven't looked in a while at GTV devices, but I'd like to get one. Knowing it has been updated with the stuff listed above, it may help me a little more come Christmas time. I have MANY .mkv video files that I'd like to be able to connect to a GTV device and play without my computer being on. If it is unable to do that, I will most likely end up getting one of the Western Digital Live devices.
     
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    I bought a Sony and a Revue earlier in the year and have been patiently awaiting HC for each, I am actually glad Sony is set to get it first - that's my bigger tv :nerd:
     
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    Now this is looking like a change that will finally get me to pull the trigger.
     
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    I hope MoboPlayer is available for this!
     
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    Until GoogleTV becomes a realistic CableTV replacement, there is really no point in using it.
     
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    I'd have to disagree, bought two and cut the cable completely - best move ever

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    I got rid of cable over a year ago, It saved me a hundred+ a month. I am just saying that GoogleTV doesn't offer much more than my Xbox and Samsung TV already give me. I think apps would be kind of cool but I'd rather my TV be used for watching content, I have my Bionic for apps. :)
     
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    Yeah the price of cable is ridiculous, it becomes very evident once it's gone

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    You've got me seriously considering doing this. Just gotta pull the trigger on a new TV.

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    Yeah, well I was saving money, until I up'd my internet speed to 105Mbs; all for the love of online gaming. :)
     
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    J the Revue was only a hundred bucks, the Sony TV was what was expensive, but well worth it 40" LED around eight hundred

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    I'm not too familiar with Google TV, but if Google followed the same model as Android making it free, open source, and allowing companies to make UI changes, then this could be a huge success if built into TVs.
     
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