Sony, Logitech To Update Google TV Software

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and Logitech said Friday that their Google TV-powered products will soon be enhanced with new Google TV 2.0 software that, among other things, will bring the Android Market with hundreds of new app options to TV screens.

Sony will make the update available by early next week to the Sony Internet TV powered by

Google TV

and the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc player, which were first introduced a year ago.


will make the software update available to Logitech Revue set-top device owners in coming weeks.

Google TV 2.0 incorporates an upgrade from the current Android 2.1 platform to Android 3.1 Honeycomb, adding access to applications from the Android Market.

Android Market will present users with the option of adding hundreds of additional apps, including many designed and optimized for television.

The update is expected to improve issues some users experienced around product setup and use, which drew criticism from some reviewers at launch a year ago.

The products suffered from a slower-than-expected adoption rate, prompting Logitech to make a series of price cuts on the Ruvue, from the initial $299 asking price down to $99 today.

The new update is said to improve the user interface with a simpler and cleaner look, improved performance, and better search functionality. It also provides more integration with YouTube, which has proven to be one of the most popular applications on the devices.

Also improved is the integration with Android and iOS devices, like smartphones and tablets.

Among the improved search capabilities is a new TV & Movies application finds relevant titles from more than 80,000 movies and TV shows available on cable, satellite, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and programming services.

As for original apps, Sony said it will include TrackID, which searches and identifies music heard on television broadcasts, packaged media or streaming video.

Additionally, Sony Select will deliver a curated collection, highlighting featured applications to consumers in an easy-to-browse manner.

"Connected experiences are a pillar of Sony's value to TV consumers and Sony Internet Television powered by Google TV certainly brings 'smart' connectivity to the highest level," stated Steve Haber, Sony Electronics executive VP. "We very much look forward to the possibilities the Android Market will create for customers to personalize their experience. Users will enjoy the new features that this update brings to their interactive engagement with home entertainment programming, either through Sony Internet TVs or Bu-ray Disc players."

The Android Market will be continually updated with new apps.

Google is also planning to support additional devices with Google TV 2.0 platform using new chipsets from multiple hardware partners.


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