May, 10 2011

Android 3.1 was just made available for tablets today, but that won’t be the only platform receiving the Honeycomb update. This summer, Google TV devices will receive the update that includes the long-awaited ability to access the Android Market. The beauty of merging Honeycomb with Google TV means developers can develop a single application for deployment on TVs and tablets alike. News on the update was brief as far as Google TV-specific features, but the Android Team’s move towards a more uniform experience should translate to a very recognizable Honeycomb interface.

The update will be available for current Google TV devices, but it was also announced that new hardware featuring key advancements is headed our way from Sony, Vizio, Samsung, and Logitech. If the combination of new OS, Android Market, and more hardware partners doesn’t give Google TV a kick in the right direction, we don’t know what will.

More info on changes to Google TV will be revealed at a developer session tomorrow afternoon.