Google TV gets latest Android and Chrome versions, promises faster updates

May 16, 2013
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    Google TV has been moved to the latest versions of Android and Google Chrome, according to a post on the Google TV Developers Google+ page.

    While the news was not announced during the Google I/O keynote (you can get a roundup of our coverage here), the post comes with good news for you, both if you’re a developer or a user. Google says that it has updatedd Google TV to Android, 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has optimized the code so that updates take less for its OEM partners from now on: “weeks rather than months.” Also, developers will be able to use the latest APIs when working on their apps, including the Android NDK.

    Engadget has confirmed with the folks at Google that this translates into the end of Flash on Google TV, since it is no longer supported in newer versions of Android. The focus will be moved on improving HTML5 streaming and interactive content.

    Chrome on Google TV will also be moved, the announcement says, to the latest version, and updates will come on a six-week cycle. If you’re a developer, you’ll also be happy yo hear that Chrome on Google TV now offers hardware-based content protection, which translates into more possibilities of offering copyrighted HD content.

    And now, for the most important part – that all sounds great, but when do existing Google TV devices, like the newly launched Asus Cube, get updated? In the coming months, says Google, also adding that new devices are expected later this year.

    LG has already announced that it will update its existing devices to Android 4.2.2 in the third quarter and the company has even posted a hands-on video of its GA7900 model running after the update, which you can see below.

    The video also mentions that the update will come “in a few weeks,” with the video also showing the models planned to get the update: GA7900, GA6400 and G2. LG’s 3D Game Changer technology, allowing you to convert 2D games to 3D, should be something to make you look forward to the update.

    No update news from the other manufacturers, but we should probably hear from them soon enough.

    Do you think these updates will mean that Google TV will start playing a more important part on the market?

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    Comments

    • rk

      Does this mean that google tv will be open sourced? This one issue it seems has held back innovation in this area.

    • juan lopez

      any hope in hell my Logitech box gets this update

      • Ethan G

        Seems unlikely, Logitech stopped wanting to support GTV last year and the Revue (at least the one I had) still had a bit of lag dealing with the last update Logitech pushed out. It’s possible, just seems unlikely.

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