updated 03:20 pm EDT, Sun July 31, 2011
Logitech Revue already at 99 dollar price
Logitech as promised has dropped the Revue's price down to $99. Shopping at the company store or elsewhere now shows the price Logitech had mentioned just on Thursday. The lowered cost is permanent and a third of what the Google TV box cost when new.
The company has also clarified a remark during its conference call about taking more returns than sales. Although it's true the company is taking a loss on the new price, the returns were from stores and other distributors, not customers. Returns from end users lined up with those of other products, Logitech told us. Its correction still suggests many shops have had trouble selling the Revue at its already discounted $199.
Slow performance has been regularly pinned on Google TV itself. Logitech when it introduced the Revue added its own specific touches such as support for a virtual Harmony remote through mobile apps as well as local media sharing. Apart from Pandora radio and the full web browser, though, the Android-based platform has been hurt by a combination of numerous blocked websites and a lack of native apps. With most mainstream media outlets preventing Google TV from seeing their content, owners of the Revue and other Google TV set tops have had to rely on independents or bootlegs.
After-sale third-party apps won't be available until the Android 3.1 revision in the fall, which is coming to the Revue through an update. A sequel to the media hub is expected around the same time with faster performance and possibly a lower price. [via Android Central]