Logitech says 'all is well' with Revue (which happens to be out of stock)
Logitech's Ashish Arora, VP and general manager of the big L's Digital Home Group, this afternoon addressed the rumors that Google had asked for Google TV devices to not be shipped while they work on an software update to address a number of feature deficiencies. Says Arora:
All true. The Revue set-top box is updated just like any other Android device. (In fact, the update looks exactly like any other Android device.) But we couldn't help but notice that there's really nothing in there (or the two other paragraphs we didn't quote) that addresses whether Google asked (or told) Logitech to not ship Revues while the software situation's sorted out. We agree that to do so might be a tad over the top. While the entire Google TV experience still has a lot of room to grow (read into that what you will), there's still plenty of functionality that can be had out of the box.
So the question remains: Did Google pressure Logitech and others to halt shipping in favor of an update? Possible. And the Revue currently is out of stock. We're not sure how long it's been unavailable. Could be that it's simply sold out, could be otherwise.
Arora closes with "After a brief holiday break, Logitech’s Revue team will be heading to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, where we look forward to demonstrating how Google TV is transforming the TV-watching experience." We'll be there, too, and we'll see if there's anything new going on. [Logitech (opens in new tab)]
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I have had me Logitech Revue now since December 24th. I believe that is long enough to decide whether it is a good or bad purchase. I have no regrets. It has its "flaws", but nothing that I can't handle or nothing that makes me want to throw it out the window. I received an update right when I started using it - it ran through the update flawlessly. I have it synced with both my Evo and my Galaxy Tab. It has a ways to go yet but I can easily see where it is heading. I had *cough... Apple... cough... TV...* for a day before I returned it. That thing was a mess and not to mention completely featureless.
I agree, I picked up Roku Netflix player back when the platform was about 2 months old, which has been updated since, it's really hard to know where google tv will be in a year. Has Logitech released any sales numbers?
Costco has these in stock for anyone looking.