Google TV just received a software update to Sony devices starting early next week and Logitech devices to follow soon thereafter, announced Google TV team in a blog post today, saying that in the coming months they will announce more new software updates as well as new devices on new chipsets from multiple hardware partners.
Today software update brings the following enhancements:
“The interface is now much simpler. The new customizable home screen gets you to your favorite content quickly. And within “all apps” you can see all of your shortcuts, similar to your Android phone or tablet,” informed Google TV team.
“Search is improved across the board for content from Live TV, Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, and more. Also, there’s now an app called “TV & Movies” that let’s you easily browse through 80,000 movies and TV episodes across cable or satellite, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and many other sites. If you’ve opted in to recommendations, we can better predict what you want to watch next.”
Also, launched a new YouTube experience specifically built for Google TV. “It is now fast and easy to get to your favorite HD-quality YouTube entertainment. And we’ve integrated YouTube more closely with Google TV search, so that you can turn virtually any topic – mountain biking, cooking, etc. – into a channel,” the team said.
Finally, the Google TV is now open to content creators through Android Market. With, this Android developers can now bring existing mobile apps or entirely new ones to TV.
“Initially, the number of apps won’t be large – apps requiring a touch screen, GPS, or telephony won’t show up – but 50 developers have seeded the Market with cool and useful apps for the TV,” revealed the Google TV team.