Archive for the 'GoogleTV' Category

Vizio Co-Star Google TV box review and tweak

January 15, 2013

Google has promised a world of entertainment with its Google TV platform, claiming it can bring most any multimedia content to users’ TVs, through thousands of user-installable Android apps plus a full-featured Web browser. In this in-depth review, we’ll see how close Vizio’s Co-Star Google TV adapter box comes to meeting those high expectations.

Vizio Co-Star Google TV box screenshot tour

January 7, 2013

This screenshot tour was created to accompany’s detailed review of the Vizio Co-Star streaming media player device, based on Google TV firmware v3.2.

Apple TV vs Google TV vs Roku vs Boxee vs…

March 7, 2012

[Updated Dec. 28, 2012] — It’s looking like 2012 will go down as a watershed for “cord-cutters” seeking to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Internet via free, subscription, and pay-per-view services. Accordingly, this DeviceGuru “smackdown” pits five popular streaming media player devices against each other, based on their features, functions, specs, and quality of implementation.

Google TV 2.0 review, tweaks, screenshot tour

January 14, 2012

Google recently rebooted Google TV with the release of Google TV 2.0 based on Android 3.1 (Honeycomb). This detailed review introduces Google TV 2.0, demonstrates its features, apps, and flexible new user interface, and shows how to add customized folders and shortcuts to the homescreen for instant access to all your favorite apps and websites.

Logitech drops Google TV

November 11, 2011

Logitech will quit selling its Google TV “Revue” box after current supplies are exhausted, the company disclosed this week. The move leaves Revue owners wondering whether they’ll be receiving a promised upgrade to Google TV version 2.

Google TV v2 coming soon

October 31, 2011

In an email sent out today, Google notified owners of Google TV products that their devices would soon be updated to Google TV version 2. Among many other enhancements, Google TV 2 has a simpler and more intuitive user interface, and users can install selected Android Market apps on their devices.

Streaming multimedia player price war escalates

October 19, 2011

Following Logitech slashing its Google TV box’s price to $99 and D-Link’s reduction of the Boxee Box’s price to $169, Roku has now introduced a low-end streaming multimedia player priced at just $50.

Netflix’s Webkit-based UI for TV devices

September 9, 2011

Netflix uses WebKit, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 to build user interfaces that are delivered to millions of game consoles, Blu-ray players, Internet-connected TVs, and devices such as the D-Link Boxee Box and Logitech Revue.

Android 3.1 coming to Google TV boxes soon

August 16, 2011

Notwithstanding the Logitech Revue Google TV system’s drastic price reduction to $99, all new and existing devices will soon be updated to Google TV version 2, based on Android 3.1 (“Honeycomb”).

Google TV box price drops to $99

July 29, 2011

We learned in May that had dropped the price of Logitech’s Google TV system (aka the Logitech Revue) 33 percent, to $199. Now, Logitech says it’s dropping the Revue’s price to $99.