It’s a good week for Google TV. The platform seems almost dead in the water, and you don’t hear much about it from Google. There is a promised update to add the Market among other things by the end of summer. Logitech has cut the price of its Revue Google TV box to $99 and it is selling out everywhere you try to find it. And on top of all of that, you can try out the fall update in beta form yourself. A leaked version of honeycomb for the Revue has made it’s way to the web and people have started to report back on what works and doesn’t work. Before you decide to go hack up your new Revue, keep a couple things in mind. In the market only about 10% of the apps work. There is also no way known right now to downgrade if you aren’t happy with the buggy beta software. Here is a list of pros and cons for the update:
-Sound problems while watching TV including sound turning off during channel changes and playing/pausing (Remedied by changing the channel or pressing the play/pause button a few times)
-Some apps display content vertically
-No root so far (also this means that we are still stuck with content provider blocks for non rooted devices)
-Once you upgrade to this build there is currently no going back to 2.1
-Atom cpu is incompatible with 99.9% of the stuff on the market
-GAPPS does not work, or at least we haven’t been able to get it to.
-System seems to perform smoother
-New UI is clean and compliments features very well
-TV/Movie listings now display what look like DVD covers when available
So take that information and consider yourself informed and decide if you want to make the jump. I ordered one this week, and will likely wait out the end of summer update to make sure things are smooth. Too bad someone at Logitech didn’t leak a stock image at the same time.
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