GoogleTV update brings better Netflix, 'Movies' and Voice search

December 15, 2010: 12:02 PM ET

The updates are interesting but aren't likely enough to mainstream the product...yet.

Google (GOOGthis morning announced an update to their GoogleTV software running on Logitech (LOGI) Revue and Sony (SNE) Internet TVs and BluRays.  The updates are significant, but don't address all of the major issues that consumers are having  with the product.

Netflix(NFLX) is now a full client, allowing users to decide what programs to watch rather than only watching what is in their queue. DVD and BluRay delivery by Snail Mail can even be initiated within the app.

Google's TV remote now officially supports search/navigation with Voice Actions, something promised during the introduction of GoogleTV but not delivered in the initial release.

Google has also updated the picture-in-picture functionality called Dual-view which allows movement and resizing of the smaller window.

Finally, Google added a 'Movies' classification in search which will isolate and catalogue long form videos in search results.

These upgrades are good but they don't address the major concerns of consumers who want  programming from the major networks (most of which have blocked Google) , a consistent user interface/experience throughout and a Cable-less option which will allow people to cut the cord entirely.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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