Last Updated: May 17th, 2013

Google TV is the project no one in Mountain View likes to talk about. It was announced with much fanfare, but the platform has languished on an ancient version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb for far too long. Well, Google didn't see fit to mention it at the keynote, but Google TV is getting a fresh coat of paint with an Android 4.2.2 update.


The update should appear on compatible Google TV devices in the next few months and bring new core functionality and support for newer builds of Google Chrome. Google says the update to Jelly Bean will allow OEMs to build updates for Google TV devices in weeks rather than months. Chrome itself will also get frequent updates. In fact, LG has confirmed that its Google TV products will be getting the update in Q3 of this year.

Jelly Bean on Google TV adds better support for games and heavy 3D apps, hardware content protection, and stability fixes. LG says its "exceptional remote control options" will be enhanced by the update, but isn't clear on exactly how. It's nice to see Google isn't completely ignoring GTV, and we will likely hear more about Google's Jelly Bean living room play later this week.

Last but not least, Android 4.2.2 will finally bring NDK support to Google TV.

[The Verge, PR Newswire]

LG Electronics to Update Google TV with Latest Android Jelly Bean OS

With Support for the Android NDK, LG Smart TV with Google TV Will Provide Access to Larger, More Diverse Selection of Apps and Games

SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics today announced that its Google TVs will be updated with the latest version of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS). LG is showcasing Google TVs with the new operating system at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week.

Available in the third quarter, the update will enable customers to enjoy more applications, including games that provide a greater level of interactivity and advanced graphics.  

In addition to boosting overall performance, the latest Jelly Bean update supports the Android Native Development Kit (NDK), so LG Google TV owners can have the widest, most diverse selection of apps to choose from. Smartphone apps designed using the NDK will run on LG Google TV with little to no modifications. With NDK compatibility, users can now play more games on the bigger LG Google TV screen. This level of compatibility makes it easier for developers to enter the burgeoning Smart TV app market.

"LG Google TVs with the latest Jelly Bean operating system and NDK support will deliver an enhanced user experience and access to more great apps," said Havis Kwon , president and CEO of the LG Home Entertainment Company. "In addition to enabling users to enjoy advanced Android apps, the latest OS will also provide developers with new opportunities in the Smart TV arena."

Users will also benefit from LG's exceptional remote control options, which will make it easier to interact with the vast amount of content available on LG Google TV. In addition to the intuitive functionality of its Magic Remote Qwerty, LG will introduce a free remote control app that can turn any Android smartphone or tablet into a two-handed, touch-sensitive game controller. LG's new controller app is the ideal control solution for the large number of interactive games set to arrive on the upgraded Google TV platform as it provides a level of control necessary to play more complex games such as football and racing simulations.

The latest update will also include LG's patented "3D Game Changer," bringing a dimension to interactive games never seen before. The LG 3D Game Changer feature produces a fully immersive effect by displaying 2D games in enhanced 3D mode, for an effect previously available only in movies filmed with 3D equipment.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean will be available as an over-the-air download for existing LG Google TVs in the United States starting in the third quarter.

For a video demonstration of LG Google TV with Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean, please go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-WxHVwodpA.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • primalxconvoy

    Why don't they just kill Google tv and make "Android tv"? They should make a tv friendly os and just let people easily run their mobile devices on the tv without the need to tinker so much.

    Once that happens, people would start buying Google tv doo-dahs more.

    • Mike Reid

      The TV industry doesn't favor certain TV manufacturers. Why should Google / Youtube etc. ?

      Google tries to be somewhat platform agnostic. And have their own free OS at the same time, preventing a strangehold from Apple or anyone. Android is not a product; it's a means to their ends of being THE Internet powerhouse.

      All that said, I WOULD like to see a successful "Google TV" based on Android. But Google will do as they see fit.

      • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

        What they need is a Nexus GoogleTV... And what do you mean by a "GoogleTV" based on Android?

      • primalxconvoy

        And until true Android comes officially to tv screens, customers will see fit to ignore Google tv.

  • Sammy Brence

    Logitech Revue Any Chance you all think it could be updated? I really love my Revue..

    • coggy9

      As a current Revue owner, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqOszl1uAug .
      It just doesn't have the power, and its no longer supported.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dhalamar David Miller

      Highly doubtful.

      That being said I have one, I use it all the time and I love it. :)

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      I'm wondering the same thing with my Sony blu-ray GTV... The one thing that tells me we won't, is both are devices don't have the Marvell chip the newer GTV's have...

    • marvel83

      The G1 will get an update before the Revue does.

  • RitishOemraw

    Don't forget android@home

  • Colin Barnett

    I'm going to hold my breath hoping it happens. maybe Sony will see it as a protest and give into our demands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

      Perhaps GTVHacker will come up with a way to update our Sony devices.

  • fixxmyhead

    android 4.3? better be tomorow

  • Ryan Wick

    Sony was pretty fast with the last update so I don't see why this would be any different.

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Maybe them not having the Marvell chip the newer GTV's have?

  • Metallinatus

    Finally Google is looking back to their TV platform!

  • Jeremy Gilliam

    Good to know my TV will be updated.

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    You're missing the "T" on "The" on that second paragraph.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

    I wonder if we can get XBMC after this update!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

    Will this bring Miracast support?

    • boonesimpson

      I doubt it, since miracast recievers require 5ghz wifi, which i don't think any GTV box has.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • http://www.facebook.com/Dhalamar David Miller

    Yeah, the apps got updated. But I'm honestly not expecting to get JB on it.

  • agl82

    Doubt my Sony NSX-32GT1 is going to be getting this update. Sony has given up on Google TV. At least the YouTube and Netflix apps are going strong on it, which is all I really care about.

  • Jeffrey Linton

    Great, but still no word on Hulu+? I really don't want to root.

  • Eli Shirk

    Any update on when this update is coming from LG? There isn't much time left before Q3 will have come and gone.

  • mbuuqw

    If it happens I'll be glued to my TV playing racing games and flight simulators...