Logitech Revue finally gets Google TV Honeycomb update

The software is available as an over-the-air update, and includes access to applications, a redesigned interface, and much more.

Google TV's new interface, courtesy of Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
Google TV's new interface, courtesy of Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Matthew Moskovciak/CNET

The Google TV-equipped Logitech Revue is finally getting its Honeycomb update.

Earlier today, both Google and Logitech announced that the set-top box's owners would be able to download an over-the-air update bringing Android 3.1 to the device. Honeycomb delivers a host of improvements, including a redesigned interface, access to Google Music, and support for the Android Market. In addition, the software's Chrome browser supports Adobe Flash Player 10.2.

The update comes over a month after owners of Sony's Google TV-based devices were offered the software . The only issue is, early reviews of Honeycomb for Google TV aren't glowing, which could disappoint Revue users that had been hoping for the software to dramatically improve their entertainment experience in the living room.

"With all the bugs and limitations we ran into in just half a day, it's hard to imagine this update being anything other than a disappointment for Google TV early adopters," CNET's Matthew Moskovciak wrote in a hands-on look at Google TV's Honeycomb in October . "While we still think Google TV has some merit as a concept, the implementation needs a ton of work to compare with other streaming-media boxes like the Roku 2 XS, Apple TV, and PlayStation 3."

The software's issues, according to Moskovciak, include odd design quirks, "cumbersome" search, "cryptic error messages," and other issues. And for owners hoping to access boatloads of applications, beware that Logitech said today that only 50 programs have so far been optimized for an HDTV.

Logitech launched the Revue last year . The set-top box was one of the first devices to run Google TV, but has been plagued by both software that failed to live up to the hype and content providers that have decided to block access to their programming. Honeycomb is supposed to be the device's (and Google TV's) savior. But whether or not it will hold up remains to be seen.

 

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