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17 June 2010, 11:21

Logitech's Google TV box to be called Revue

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Zoom The Logitech Revue with Google TV.
Source: Logitech
Peripheral manufacturer Logitech has confirmed that its Google TV set-top box will officially be called "Logitech Revue with Google TV", or Logitech Revue for short. According to a post on its official blog by Logitech Digital Home Group VP and General Manager Ashish Arora, Logitech chose the name Revue because the set-top box does everything that the company is known for, adding that "it combines everything on the Web, cable or satellite content, apps, video calling and more that will be wildly popular between 2010 and 2030, until we reinvent interaction again."

The use of Revue in this case refers to a type of multi-act theatrical entertainment that was popular between 1910 and 1930 and combined music, dance and various sketches. Arora says that more details about the Logitech Revue with Google TV will be announced "this fall".

Google announced Google TV at this year's Google I/O developer conference. Google TV is Android based and is aimed primarily at TVs and set-top boxes. The company says that it hopes that the new platform will seamlessly bring the best of the web to the "high-quality viewing experience that TV offers". Android-powered Google TV devices will run the Chrome web browser, allowing users access to the web along with a plethora of entertainment content options. Support for many existing Android applications will also be built-in and custom apps specifically for the TV experience are expected to follow.

Initially Google TV will be exclusive to Sony and Logitech devices, including Blu-ray players, internet-enabled TVs and set-top boxes. The first Google-enabled TVs and Google TV devices are expected to start shipping in the autumn of this year, although whether this will be limited to the US market or worldwide hasn't been revealed.

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