Google TV 2.0 is well on its way. And the first screenshots of the improved user interface and the Android Market running on the Honeycomb update have turned on the Web. They’re hot.
Google TV has been with us for almost a year now, but its first incarnation was never going to the best or final version. As is Google’s way, the company releases a product and then beavers away improving it with subsequent releases.
This is exactly the treatment Google TV has been rewarded with. There were strong rumors that the improvements would be displayed in brief at Google I/O this week, and that has indeed turned out to be the case.
Although it’s far from being a complete unveiling, it is at least something. And the screenshots are kinda hot, in a very geeky way.
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Google unveiled the new user interface for Google TV at Google I/O on Wednesday (May 11). NewTeeVee nabbed some screenshots which certainly show the UI has been vastly improved over the past year.
Simplicity is key, with Google having sought to remove all the extraneous steps unnecessary features to make the user experience a lot better. Simply put, the installed apps are available to select along the bottom of the screen while the current video continues to play above.
The new UI, which is being released on Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), also features an improved search capability and the Android Market. This will bring a huge selection of apps to Google TV and make it a much more appealing purchase than it currently is.
I’m impressed by these changes, and there are clearly more to come. The question is whether they will be enough to persuade the online video-viewing public to buy into the product. Because so far they haven’t in any great number.
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