This Week In Google TV: Vizio Co-Star GTV 3 update, Logitech Revue issues, reviews and more

Google TV is getting much more recognition lately. Manufacturers like Vizio, Hisense and ASUS are bringing more affordable devices to market and Google is finally stepping up and bringing us more constant updates and features. Google TV may still have its faults, but we strongly believe it will continue to improve and rise to the top of the smart TV pyramid.

Starting today, we are bringing you a weekly feature of the biggest Google TV stories. No more looking all over the internet just to get bits and pieces of your Google TV news. You will be able to get it all in one place. Let’s jump right in!

Vizio Co-Star GTV version 3 update starts rolling out

The LG Google TV may have been the first to get a taste of GTV 3, but Vizio Co-Star owners will be happy to know the $99 device has already started getting the update! It is rolling out very slowly so not all users will have the update available yet (I don’t).

Just stay put and keep checking from time to time (Settings > System Settings > System Update) – you will get it soon enough. We know it’s hard to wait, but it is worth it. The update includes the new Prime Time Quick Guide, Voice Search and more!

For more details: Vizio Co-Star GTV 3 update now rolling out

Logitech Revue not playing nice with Play Store

Logitech Revue users haven’t had the greatest Google TV experience. The product is not the best around and has been discontinued for a while, but not being able to access the Play Store is still hard to swallow. Reports of such issues have been flooding the net since last week.

People are slowly getting their fix updates, but if yours hasn’t shown up we have some good tricks you can use. Click through to read more!

For more details: Logitech Revue having issues with Google Play Store

App reviews

All work and no play? Don’t even worry, we have some great Google TV app reviews for you this week. These are both fun and productive, so check them out and improve your Google TV experience!

  • Able Remote Review – This is our favorite remote replacement for Google TV. Able Remote unlocks the true capabilities of your Android smartphone and turns it into the most powerful and flexible remote you can find for your Google TV. Also, check out this tutorial on how to fix Able Remote’s issues with the Co-Star.
  • Redux for Google TV Review – This is hands down our favorite streaming service for Google TV. It won’t feature all your favorite movies and TV shows, but it offers much more than just that. Made for casual viewers, this app contains a curated selection of the best internet videos from all categories. Whether you want to sink yourself in a documentary or salivate over tech videos, you can get your fix from Redux.
  • Open Launcher for Google TV Review – Don’t like your Google TV user interface? You are not alone. Sometimes we just don’t know what these manufacturers are thinking when they make these UIs. If you are looking for a clean, simple and customizable UI, Open Launcher is your best bet.
  • Red Karaoke Review – The days when you had to purchase expensive karaoke machines are long gone. Now you can enjoy a vast portfolio of karaoke songs straight from your Google TV. We love Red Karaoke, so definitely check this one out.

Wrap up

What a Google TV overload! It is nice to finally see the platform getting more action, though. If you have a Google TV or are interested in getting one (or you just want to stay up-to-date), you can follow Phandroid’s “This Week In Google TV” weekly articles every Saturday. Or you can visit GTVSource.com (our sister site) every day. Either way, stay tuned because we will continue bringing you more great Google TV content!

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  • laurentech

    Thanks for the post Edgar. I’ll look forward to your weekly updates on whats happening with GTV.

  • Larry

    I received my Costar update today. I like your new weekly Google TV report. Please keep up the good work. Thanks

  • Pkmmte

    Well, I guess I should probably start developing for Google TV now too.

  • shonangreg

    Is there no inexpensive universal remote app for android devices that already have IrDA included? Everything is either for WiFi/Bluetooth network controls, or the headphone jack to IR blaster setup. I have a Casio G’zOne with sekigaisen (Japanese IR blaster for sharing addresses, photos, etc. going back to the feature phone generation), but I can’t find anything to let me use it as a remote.

    Learning from an existing remote and the ability to select from some common set-ups would both be very useful. I could use it for timed IR events (recording from my game capture box) or for controlling TV’s/DVD players, etc. that are missing their remotes, a common problem in my experience.

    TouchSquid is way too expensive for what I’m looking for. I would think xda would have extracted the IR blaster apps that come with Sony tablets or one of the others, but those might be licensed TouchSquid apps. I can’t really tell.

    • mgamerz

      I couldn’t even name a phone with IR built in.

  • guitarist5122

    when i saw the title, i was questioning how much weekly news could there possibly be on Google TV lol

  • jeffmull

    Very happy to see this coverage.

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    My Logitech Revue was a total piece of crap. After several months running with bug after bug after bug, the wireless eventually went out and would no longer connect to wifi OR my wireless keyboard. Completely unacceptable. Will never buy from Logitech again.

    • Manny Subia

      I would have to undoubtedly concur!! Such a piece of crap. Constantly having to reboot,…..or erase and start over. Now it won’t even download the last update and if it does it attempts to reboot and install but then errors out……….LAME SAUCE!!!

  • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

    Great post guys!

  • Ura Pned

    What version # will show up in the Co-Star system settings after the update?