Originally Posted by Rick13160
I saw a mention of GoogleTV on the news last night. They said that Google had asked manufacturers NOT to release their GoogleTV equipped gear because of "less than stellar" reviews of the software. They are supposedly "tweaking" it to make it more usable...
I have two Logitech Revues. I bought one and received the other through Google's developer program. As a software developer, I'm looking forward to what I can do with it.
In the mean time, I'm not disappointed that I'm an early adopter. But, I think that GoogleTV was released a little too early. It isn't quite ready for prime time, but it has a lot of potential.
The Logitech Revue hardware, however, is really nice. It looks good and feels well built. The giant keyboard remote is easy to use, easy to hold, and works well. The picture quality is excellent, and the electronics seem to be fast enough to handle what it's trying to do. It's super easy to install and set up (at least with a Dish DVR) and it has no problem controlling my DVR and Sony stereo receiver.
Google's software doesn't do much yet. It's like WebTV with a few apps. Of course, it's a "WebTV" with a much better browser and you can actually read what's on the screen. So, from that standpoint, it's nice.
The "integration" part, however, is (mostly) missing. Right now, Google TV is pretty much just a (small) collection of apps. You can do a search and get results based on what's on TV right now, what you have on a DLNA server, and what's on your DVR (I have a Dish DVR). But, that's really the extent of the integration.
I wanted/expected something that would be like my DVR, but instead of listing just the programs in my guide and recorded on the DVR's hard drive, it would list things available fron Netflix, Hulu, and other services to which I subscribe. Basically, integrating the internet services as if each were another "channel" on the satellite or recording on the DVR. It sort of does that in the "Queue," but not really.
I'd also like to see the DVR controls more closely integrated. For example, when I press the "Guide" button on the Logitech remote, it tells the DVR to display its guide. I'd rather have an enhanced guide displayed by Google TV.
I think those are the kinds of things Google plans to do. But, the software isn't doing that yet. Plus, without access to the Android Market, you're limited to just a handful of apps.
So, I think it's obvious that Google released it before it was ready. But, it does have a lot of promise.