Sneak Peek: Beta Version of Google TV Honeycomb

God, what has Google done?! I’m trying to reserve judgement here since this is a hacked Beta version, which probably lacks the polish the final release will provide, but it’s difficult. People have often complained that Honeycomb on the tablet is more PC-like than it should be. Now, we’ve got an overly complex — or should I say: option-rich? — TV interface to contend with with the next release of Google TV (Android 3.1 Honeycomb). On top of that, it’s not very appealing look-wise. I’m not a big fan of TV widgets in general. In any case, we now know that Google TV will have Android Market and that the market will provide a “Featured for TV” section (Yay!), thus making it easy to find apps that work on a large format, HDTV display. Other than that… there’s not much more to be excited about at this time — most of the demo apps aren’t functional. What do you think: thumbs up or thumbs down on the progress so far? [via]


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