Logitech's Revue certainly wasn't the huge success story the company expected it to become, but it may get a new lease of life soon as the maker has dropped the price of its Google TV-powered set-top box to just $99 starting this weekend.The pricing for the unit was updated on July 29, and, right now, it can be purchased both from Logitech's website or from retailers such as Best Buy.
In addition to announcing the new pricing, Logitech also reaffirmed its support for the Google TV 2.0 platform that is based on the same Honeycomb 3.1 operating system used to power some recent Android tablets, which was modified in order to become better suited for larger screens.
Among other benefits, the second version of the Google TV platform will offer a simplified user experience and access to the Android Market.
A firm release schedule isn't available at this time, but the software is expected to arrive late this summer. Current Revue owners will get the updated firmware automatically, free of charge.
Announced at the beginning of October 2010, the Logitech Revue initially sold for $299, and it was one of the first devices to support the Google TV platform together with a series of Sony-built HDTVs and Blu-ray players.
However, the platform wasn't as successful as Google and its partners expected, due to the high acquisition price and the less than warm greeting received from cable and content providers, such as NBC, ABC, and Hulu, who blocked Google TV from accessing their content.
The set-top box itself sports one HDMI out and HDMI in connector, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN connectivity, a pair of built-in IR blasters, a digital S/PDIF output, and is accompanied by a special wireless keyboard with a built-in trackpad. (via engadget)