First-generation Google TV devices not getting Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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There was not much Google TV news at Google IO, but what we did see is big. Google TV is getting Android 4.2.2 and the latest version of Chrome, but before you get overly excited you might want to read further. Not all Google TV devices will get the update.

Only ARM-based Google TV devices will be able to get the update. This means that first-generation Intel-based Google TVs will not be updated. Sad news for many of our readers, but we suppose it’s time to upgrade. Are you still using a first-generation Google TV?

[via Gigaom]

  • http://twitter.com/zluooobo spaceface

    Weren’t our TVs supposed to “get more valuable a few years in?”. I feel a class action lawsuit a-brewing

    • Derek Anderson

      right. The website states, “Always have the latest features and functionality with automatic updates from the built-in Google TV™ platform.” Except if you spent $1,400 on a 46″ LED. Then you have to buy new TV every two years.

  • boonesimpson

    Yeah, that is my worry with ouya and other android TV solutions, the curse of the early adopters

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Well, the OUYA hardware will be updated yearly, and who knows how well they will keep all devices aligned in terms of new features/services.

  • Chahk Noir

    The lesson to learn here is to NEVER buy a TV set with Google TV built in. It’s much cheaper to upgrade a set-top box. Unfortunately I’m stuck with a 1st gen Sony GTV set :(

    • Edgar Cervantes

      I was thinking of buying one of the new LG ones. I think those should stay relevant for at least a couple years. But yeah, if you are going to spend a LOT of money on an awesome TV, just get a set-top box for your Google TV needs.

      • Chahk Noir

        I wonder what would happen if I hook up a new-gen GTV box into a 1st-gen GTV set. Division by zero?

        • Edgar Cervantes

          It should work! Just set your TV to display the HDMI your newer GTV is connected to and don’t use the TV’s ecosystem.

  • Brian202020

    I have 4 Google TV’s. I have 3 Vizio Co-Stars at the house and one first gen 24 inch Sony Google TV at the office. Might have to upgrade the office one I guess.

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Or you could take a VIZIO Co-Star to your office! :)

  • T_X_P

    I have a first-gen 24″ Sony Google TV. It’s pretty awful and always has been. So I definitely won’t be buying into the GTV ecosystem again, despite my general preference for Android. Google TV seems to take a platform with relatively little utility — smart TV’s — and slather on a thick layer of pain-in-the-ass, without the addition of much utility.

    • Edgar Cervantes

      It has been a rocky road, but I believe Google TV is finally getting better. I still do prefer buying set-top boxes, though. Just in case.