If you’ve got a smartphone, chances are, you’re familiar with the hacking and modding site, xda-developers.com. Now, it looks like some Google TV loving members over at xda have started a new site, dedicated solely to the hacking of Google TV, gtvhacker.com. As of right now, there isn’t a whole lot to the site, save for some info on the Logitech Revue (which we recently gave you a run-down on here), and some information on rooting news. The site is a wiki, so it’s sure to fill up with information soon.
What do you think? Will Google TV be able to hang in there long enough to get the rooting and hacking love we would all love to see? Be sure to let us know in the comments.
When Google TV was first announced at Google’s I/O developer conference, I immediately saw the potential. Google TV’s Product Manager Rishi Chandra gave the first Google TV keynote address, where he outlined the potential for developers to reach a market of over four billion users, and the chance to revolutionize the way people use television around the world.
Almost six months later, and Google TV is finally here.
Has Google TV been able to live up to the hype? Has Google built a platform which will continue to expand well into the future? Is the average consumer ready to cut the cord? Or, will Google TV succumb to the fact that traditional cable and satellite is not going away?
Continue reading after the break to find out as we review the Google TV platform.
Last week, we told you that Google was planning on giving away 10,000 free Google TV units to developers. The email posted above is beginning to land in the inboxes of Google Code developers, who only need a valid US mailing address to receive their free unit (a Logitech Revue).
If nothing else, this proves how devoted Google is to the platform, and should hopefully lead to some great apps being developed for Google TV. Interested developers need to submit their address before 11:59 pm PST, Thursday November 11, 2010.
A big issue that is currently being debated among developers and content providers is which avenue to take in order to deliver their product or content to Google TV viewiers: native applications, or TV optimized websites. This same question was asked to Google TV lead Rishi Chandra during his keynote address at Streaming Media West this past Tuesday, and his answer was pretty simple: the Android Market isn’t available until 2011, so right now the only option is via a TV optimized website.
The apps are coming, however, and many are predicting that the addition of the Android Market to Google TV will be a significant factor in determining the level of success the platform will have. Mashable featured an article yesterday discussing some points to consider when choosing to develop an app, an optimized website, or both for the Google TV platform.
Continue reading after the break to see a brief rundown of both aspects.
We will be moving over to a VPS later today, so expect some slight downtime. Also, we will be re-designing the site soon and adding some exciting new features, including a developers section, TV optimized WordPress themes, and a few more secrets to be revealed later on.
Also, in case you haven’t noticed, we have a forum! One of our primary goals here at GTVHub is to establish an active and knowledgeable community of developers and enthusiasts who can share information, post reviews, collaborate on developing content, or get help with any Google TV related hardware or software issues. So don’t be a stranger, head on over and register!
We of course will continue to bring you the latest and greatest Google TV news, and anything else we feel is relevant. We are very excited about some of the features we are working on, and can not wait to share them with you.
UPDATE: We are fully transfered over to our VPS, but our forum is not fully setup yet. Subforums and such will be re-created soon.
Every Sunday, we recap the most important news of the week for those of you who need to play catch up. This week will be quite brief due to time constraints, but nevertheless we highlight Google’s guidelines for developing web content for TV, WebM, and new Android powered devices which bridge TV and the Internet.
We gave a rather lengthy recount of Google’s even lengthier guidelines for developing websites and apps for optimum TV viewing.
The announcement of Google’s new open source media platform was a bit overshadowed at I/O by Google TV and Android 2.2, but WebM will certainly make a splash in the online video arena.
Again, apologies for the quite brief nature of this weeks “this week in review”, we will be back in full force next week. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend everyone, and be sure to tune in tomorrow for some WWDC coverage.
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