Google TV Unveils Big Surprise Announcement

Brad Chacos

It began with a simple posting on Google TV's Facebook page late Saturday night: "Get ready for Monday, we have some big announcements!" Within minutes, the tech blogosphere was alight with speculation. Could it be a Sonos-killing streaming media device ? Maybe a TV version of Google Nexus ? Some other type of new hardware ? A software update? Nope. The announcement has been made, and the news was something nobody saw coming.

an update to the YouTube app for Google TV . No, really. That's it.

And that's why you shouldn't get pumped for vague PR announcements. In any case, Google claims the updated YouTube app is faster and smoother than ever before, and a new Discovery feature allows you to browse YouTube videos by category. Changes to the channel interface make subscribing and finding videos related to the ones you watch easier, too.

All in all, it seems like a solid -- if unspectacular -- update to the YouTube app. But someone at Google should tone down the hype machine (especially on news-light weekends).

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