October 31, 2011 | by Charles West
I swear, Google TV has to be one of the most misunderstood products on the market today. Early this morning, the smart-TV platform began rolling out its latest software, Google TV 2.0. New features in GTV will carry a “TV & Movies” app for browsing shows and movies from your channel lineup, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and more. Also, YouTube video streaming is better than ever with an enhanced Google TV experience and deeper integration. This all sounds like very cool improvements.
For those who don’t remember, the update will also include the following:
- A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
- Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they’re on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
- Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It’s now been integrated even deeper.
- Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won’t initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won’t show, so that pares things down quite a bit — but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the update helps revamp people’s perception of Google TV. Stay tuned to Androinica as we try to deliver a review of some sort in the next few days. Yes, we like Google TV and so should you… Does anyone out there own a Google TV set-top-box? If so, let us know if you’ve received the update or not.