Google has officially announced the Google TV 3 software update, and along with all the behind-the-scenes changes that should help the stability issues, there are a couple really cool new user-facing features.

Voice Search allows you to interact with your Google TV by using your voice. As the name suggests, you can search for titles, or genre, or channel, but it gies beyond that. The examples given are asking your GTV "how to tie a bow tie" which finds and opens a Youtube instructional video, and asking to "search movies with Jeff Bridges" which returns results in a new, refined visual search page.

The Google TV Movies and TV app has been redesigned, and along with the new name of Prime Time comes a new way of finding your favorite content. You can access Prime Time from anywhere, and the new visual layout lets you flip through the best of live TV, your favorite channels, shows you've recently watched, and content based on things you already like to watch. It sounds pretty amazing, and if it works like we see in the video above it is.

The bad news of course is that it will be a while until anyone sees it. LG is rolling it out in "the coming weeks" to their smart television sets, and other second gen euipment will see the update in the coming months. If you're still using a first generation Google TV unit, have no fear -- both the new Youtube app and Prime Time are headed your way.

Source: Official Google TV blog


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Google TV updated to version 3.0, brings Voice Search and Prime Time


I think that the original Sprint hero has better odds of HTC releasing an official version of jelly bean before our revues get any love

What isn't coming to the Revue is the voice control. And that is because the Revue does not have a mic on the remote keyboard.

The hopefully soon to be released Sony NSZ-GP9 has a mic. The NSZ-GS7 that has a very similar looking remote does not have a mic.

I believe the Co-Star has a mic as well. I was going to hold off on buying another Google TV unit until my Ouya arrives but I might have to jump on that sooner. The price is very decent for the Co-Star

What about using the mic on a cell phone remote? Shouldn't all devices have the ability ready to go then?


Any word on whether this will be coming to the Sony NSZ - GT1? Is the NSZ-GT1 considered a 1st or 2nd gen device?

Thanks in advance for any insights. I didn't get anything definitive from Sony directly when I contact their customer support.