Google TV to relaunch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb

After a long period of relative silence and firesales, it finally looks like Google TV is ready to rise from the ashes. With the promised Android 3.1 “Honeycomb” update, the TV and set-top box software will wield a much slicker interface as well as the Android Market. Of course, touch-enabled apps won’t be available through the TV but Google has worked with over 50 developers to make apps suitable for their updated software setup. The web search giant has also updated their video search and YouTube features, attempting to better leverage their web content to create easily accessible channels that might fit the television paradigm.

The update is set to launch this weekend, first to Sony devices then to Logitech set-top boxes. Check out the “What is Google TV?” video and source links below to see some more details.

Source: Google TV Blog | Via: Engadget

Motorola Xoom Family Edition launches on Sunday for $379

Motorola is about to unleash a new version of its Xoom Android tablet. It is a basic repackage of the original Xoom, which didn’t blow any minds upon release, but the new version has the most important feature they could possibly add, a price drop.

This new version, the Xoom Family Edition, also comes packed with a bunch of pre-installed software, which could really be seen as a pro or a con.

Full spec sheet:

  • Runs on Android 3.1, built specifically for tablets
  • 1GHz dual-core processor for lightning-fast responsiveness
  • 10.1” HS IPS HD screen display with capacitive multi-touch
  • 5MP back camera with flash, with 720p video webcam
  • 16GB built-in memory
  • Battery lasts up to 10 hours for video playback and Web browsing
  • Access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market

Pre-loaded software:

  • Preloaded with almost $40 worth of applications, plus Zoodles™, the award-winning Kid Mode application
  • Preloaded with MotoPack by Motorola XOOM (App Downloader by Motorola)
  • Preloaded with Quickoffice™ Pro HD for seamless productivity at work
  • Preloaded with MotoPrint – the application that allows you to print straight from the Web browser
  • Preloaded with fun games like Asphalt 6 from Gameloft and SIM City Deluxe

Source: Motorola