Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 6th Oct 2010 21:39 UTC
Multimedia, AV Logitech just presented their first GoogleTV product, the Revue. I've written many times about how the TV is the next big device to get revolutionized. Unfortunately, I personally just don't think that the Revue is "it." Warning: an impulsive, reactionary, but also honest rant is following.
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by hohlraum on Thu 7th Oct 2010 00:18 UTC
hohlraum
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2005-12-13

Logitech stated during the announcement today that apps can use the webcam. Nothing will prevent skype from creating an app which uses it.

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

This is good to hear. However, this does not bail out Logitech from blame. It will be at least a full year before Skype offers a video chat ability for Google TV. They still haven't even done it for the iPhone, which is their main non-desktop market.

Logitech should have gone with the current defaults: iChat first and foremost (it has the most video chat users than any other protocol), and then they should have had a Skype deal too. These are things that had to be worked on before this presentation today, not awaiting third parties to do the job for them -- many, many months later.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I actually doubt iChat has more users using video than Skype. I personally know not a single person using iChat whereas even those who have Macs prefer to use Skype. iChat is also limited to a single platform whereas Skype is available atleast for a few.

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robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

iChat?

I'm more interested to see what protocol Microsoft is going to throw at us for Video chat through Xbox 360 with Kinect.

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Logitech should have gone with the current defaults: iChat first and foremost (it has the most video chat users than any other protocol), and then they should have had a Skype deal too. These are things that had to be worked on before this presentation today, not awaiting third parties to do the job for them -- many, many months later.


I don't believe that for a minute. First of all, the only people that could possibly be using Facetime are iPhone 4 users, and while sales are strong, just owning an iPhone does not make you a Facetime user, just like owning a mac does not make you an iChat user even though it comes with the program. Heck I own a mac and an iphone 4 and have never used either iChat or Facetime. Logitech Vid has been out for over a year at least and comes with every Logitech webcam. Neither of them are what you might call popular, but I'd pitch them about even in unpopularity.

And iChat having more users than Skype? Ha! Where's the numbers? Skype has over 500 million accounts and over 45 million daily users.

The real WTF is that Facetime doesn't work with iChat.

Edited 2010-10-07 01:14 UTC

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Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

The only way to have a subset of 3rd party apps available on release day is to work with those vendors before the release. Based on what criteria are 3rd party vendors chosen for this early access?

Why not just launch a platform, and then when /everyone/ gets access to that platform they can start developing apps on it.

Let the early adopters well, adopt early, and the 2nd generation product will address most the launch day criticisms of the first one.

Why not?

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