I have to say I was infuriated when I saw the Google IO 2013 keynote end without even a mention of Google TV. I calmed myself down and stayed patient, though. Even if Google should give Google TV more exposure, we may still see the announcement we have been waiting for, and we have! Google TV will finally be updated with the latest version of Android and Chrome, putting it side to side with all other Google devices.
Google plans to upgrade its TV platform to version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Chrome is also being updated to the latest version, and from now on updates to the TV browser will come every six weeks, just like with other Chrome versions.
Google is also helping out its partners by refactoring Google TV so that updates may be pushed faster. Instead of having us wait months, Google TV manufacturers should now be able to update Google TV devices in a matter of weeks (but we know not all manufacturers will accomplish this). Developers can also work with the latest API’s, so better apps will also be able to be created.
Google also gave us a bit of insight into the future. Of course, we already know LG, Hisense, VIZIO and ASUS have brought the best in Google TVs lately, but what if you want something with a bit of a punch? Google is highlighting that TCL is set to release a 4K2K TV with Google TV later this year. We will be able to check it out during Google IO, so stay tuned for that hands-on video!
Also, don’t expect these updates just yet. OEMs have to take them home and get working on them, so it should take a little while before we get those OTA updates.