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Google TV update boasts better Netflix

Google has updated its Google TV software to include an improved Netflix interface, the ability to move and resize videos, and much more.

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Google TV in action.
Google TV in action. Sarah Tew/CNET

Google has updated its Google TV software in an effort to make it more user-friendly.

After installing the new update, Google TV users will find improved Netflix integration. Aside from an improved interface and the ability to watch Netflix content, users can also add movies or shows to their DVD-by-mail queue from the updated app.

The search giant's decision to update Netflix is an important one. The previous version of Netflix on Google TV was antiquated. In fact, CNET's Matthew Moskovciak, who reviewed the Google TV-based Logitech Revue, said the software's "Netflix app is about two generations behind those for competitors, such as Roku and Sony's PS3." The new update delivers a more PS3-like experience to consumers.

Beyond Netflix, Google also added the ability to move and resize video displays while surfing the Web. In addition, Google TV users will have access to a "movie results page" that helps them find out which services are offering films related to their search, as well as information about the movie and its stars.

Finally, Google announced the launch of a remote-control app for Android-based devices. The free program, which is available now in the Android Market, lets users change channels and access their DVR. It includes a voice-search feature, as well. Videos and Web sites can also be shared from the smartphone to the television.

Google didn't say specifically that an iPhone version was in the works, but the company indicated that it plans to offer "more information about the Google TV Remote for other platforms in the near future."

Further reading: Google TV: What you need to know (FAQ)