The software for the Logitech Revue (or Google TV as its more commonly known), runs just fine. I purchased it several months ago from my employer DISH, and it is fine. I am not to sure why there is so much negative press on Google. They are the largest name on the internet for search engines, and they are just widening their range to the home entertainment centers, and it can only go up from here. They are planning on sending OTA updates to all Revue sets as soon as they update their apps.
The strength and power of Google came from being free, entirely software based, and rolling out beta tests to the public for testing (and debugging) before final launch. None of these features seem to apply when talking about a new hardware based product. It will require a very different approach to succeed (especially if any necessary changes cannot be accomplished with hardware).
@Sam, i agree about google' problem but c'mon Apple is not a benchmark, we had enough fun with first ipods, iP4. Its all about responding fast to market where you can dare some gaps about ur service, product etc.
Its wise move from Google to announce halt message however isnt it ridiculous where many partners spent millions of dollars and u say sorry wait. I wonder what is real meaning under. Perhaps Google will produce its TV by itself secretly and be the first or trying to avoid big disruption time will show up...
Google's fatal flaw is the belief that programming can fix anything. Apple has programmers, but Apple also has the religion to only announce products when they are "complete in every dimension" (unless it's a hobby-product).
We'll have to stay tuned to see if GoogleTV evolves into something popular - the content relationships will end up mattering more than glitchy technology.
No, Google's strategy is different. Why would they want to start business as a TV company. They want the content providers to use Android and help google in the process. It is not by chance that google apps are the most integrated in Android.
As far as netTv goes, it's still early. They need to enhance and really get some watchable stuff on that box to sell it.
Goafrit hit the nail on the head. Free was the nail in the coffin. (See link above)
I am not surprised, went to best buy, no body is buying, priced way too much...Who is paying the rent at Best buy. Way to go Intel...
I tried at SONY stores (where you can actually have the internet connection) and it could not even play few videos...after two tries finally it opened.
I decided this feature is only worth maximum $50. on top of my regular TV, Google please bring some low cost players into your platform Marvell,Broadcom,Mediatek,etc...
This will obviously be a problem for Google, and an indication that they may be falling prey to the "market leader" syndrome faced by many other companies in the past. Market leaders tend to see themselves as "invincible" until something happens to remind them that staying at the top can be much more difficult than getting to the top. The pushback by the networks to the Google TV concept may have been a surprise to the division responsible for programming, and may not have stopped the division working on "integration". TV's that have been actively advertised as having Google TV built in may not have the anticipated benefit anticipated by the buyer, and a customer backlash may result. I like and think the concept of Google TV is very good, but the implementation to this point has not been handled very well. Stepping back may be a good strategy, but the "customer satisfaction" and marketing groups should be working now to make sure no more damage is done.
This saddens me because I'm looking forward to the GoogleTV SDK and app store. I'm really excited to see what people do with this platform when it's opened up. Hopefully Google will push through this and we'll get a platform people can build on.
I look at the depth and breadth of apps on smart phones and can't wait until this comes to the TV.