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Android 3.1 and Android Market apps coming to Google TV this summer

May 10, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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Google TV is getting an upgrade. At today’s Google I/O keynote address, Google confirmed previous reports that it will be launching a retooled version of its television companion box.

What’s coming? Well for starters, a brand new Android interface. Google has announced that Android 3.1, an updated version of Honeycomb that seeks to merge Android experiences for tablets and televisions, will come to Google TV devices. In addition to new GTV devices in the pipeline from Logitech, Sony, and Vizio that will have Android 3.1, an OTA update is coming to current Google TV devices like the Logitech Revue Box and Sony Internet TV series.

The Android 3.1 update will also include the long-awaited support for the Android Market. According to the announcement, developers will not need to make much changes to their apps to work with GTV. A small preview was briefly shown on-stage, and it looked great.

There was much speculation about Google refreshing GTV, which has been a disappointment for original launch partners Logitech and Sony. While Google TV initally appeared to be a clever way to merge the web and television, resistance from networks, a lack of Android Market apps, and being available only in the United States, held back GTV from becoming a mainstream success.

We wondered out loud last week how a refresh could save Google TV. Is this enough for you to consider