Google TV Honeycomb beta leaks

August 2, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Hacks, Google TV


Google TV has been a disappointing flop, but Google has remained optimistic that the inclusion of Honeycomb and the Android Market will turn things around. Adventurous GTV owners can put that theory to the test by loading up Honeycomb on their Logitech Revue rather than wait for it to be officially distributed.

A beta version of Android 3.1 has leaked for the Revue. A member of the GTV Hacker forum posted a download link to the software, as well as instructions on how to install it. But before you run off to load this up, keep a few things in mind:

  • This is beta software and could damage your device or break certain features (I’ve already seen reports of Netflix no longer working on this version)
  • The process is at the moment irreversible, so you won’t be able to go back to the Android 2.1 version of Google TV
  • App can be installed, but many do not work (you also cannot sideload apps)
  • The media player has improved to support MKV and other video codecs previously unable to stream

If you’re willing to risk bricking your device or trading already limited features for a new set of limited features, head over to GTV Hacker and follow the instructions provided. I’ve decided not to load up the device because the last thing I want is to run into update problems with my $300 set-top box. I’m not one of you cool kid Johnny Comelately’s lucky enough to grab a Revue for $99 and risk ruining it.

Feel free to let us know your impressions in the comments section if you load Android 3.1 for Google TV.