Rumors suggest that Logitech has halted production of the Revue, one of the inaugural boxes providing the Google TV experience. Supposedly, this is a mere manufacturing suspension while Logitech awaits more polished Google software. Which seems to line up of with yet another rumor of new Google TV hardware delays. However, if accurate, the key takeaway seems to be that Logitech is sitting on a warehouse full of unsold Revue units.
I’ve had a hard time reconciling my Google TV feelings. While there’s a lot to like for the geeky amongst us, and plenty of potential, the platform isn’t currently suitable for a mainstream audience. And I’m not alone in this assertion. Walt Mossberg declares Google TV one of the worst products of 2010 and Harry McCraken states that it’s not ready for prime time:
Google TV feels like a first rough draft or a Google Labs experiment; Google hit its holiday deadline by releasing a work in progress. That’s fine for a free Web service, but when software comes on a $300 box, it’s just not good enough.
Here’s to hoping Google sticks with the platform. And perhaps there’ll be some good deals on Revue hardware if Logitech attempts to clear inventory. As there really is some pretty cool functionality to be had… with hopefully more/better to come.