I have a Sony/Google integrated TV. The screen quality is fine for how its used (no cable or antenna; mostly Netflix, Amazon, DVDs, some internet radio) but the way the OS works drives me crazy. I don't want to buy a new TV. I am very happy with Android on my phone. Is there anything that can make my Google TV user experience more friendly and efficient?
Some examples, some may sound trivial, but to give a taste:
- The remote is batshit stupid. "Cessnas have fewer controls"
. Hundreds of tiny buttons and fn/cntrl keys with cryptic symbols. Steve Jobs would have had the designer(s) of this thing crushed by pallets of ipods.
- The android app remote is a little better, but still based on the same mystifying principles that confuse a scroll bar and touchpad selection.
- I haven't been able to figure out how to delete widgets from my home screen. (Help
says: "Use the directional arrow buttons on your controller to select the widget that you would like to remove. Select Remove from Home." But there is no option to select "Remove from Home" that I've been able to find.
- Netflix and Amazon stream fine once they're uploaded, but nagivating from page to page is like AOL dialup. The lag from touchpad to screen is up to a second.
- A lot of apps are not available. Spotify, most notably. But the Amazon Movie/TV app isn't compatible. Others I'm sure.
I could go on. And on. Bottom line: about 70% of the times I use this device I have a medium to strong urge to throw it out the window. Is that really the only solution? Is there some way to make it more efficient in doing what I want it to do: watch netflix and amazon; watch some Jon Stewart; listen to spotify? Some kind of OS upgrade (says none available right now)