It’s no big secret that Google TV failed to capture the hearts and minds of both users and critics when it first launched back in 2010. However, Google is hoping to change that with a hearty serving of Honeycomb. That’s right, Google is bringing the next-gen Android platform to Google TV, which will also (finally) add support for the Android Market.
A new development unit, codenamed Fishtank, has been sent out to developers already toting Android 3.1. A release date is currently not known for the big 3.1 update, but we’ll be following this one closely. Stay tuned!
Google I/O is still a few months away, but we’re already starting to get notice of some of the events and sessions that will be happening at this year’s event. One of these events, currently being hosted by Andres Ferrate and Daniels Lee, is titled “Building Web Apps for Google TV” and will focus on building web apps using HTML5 and Flash.
Now, this does not make any mention of the development of Android apps for Google TV, which is puzzling seeing as we are (supposedly) getting the Android Market later this year. Perhaps this session will be amended to include a discussion about Android apps, or perhaps an entirely new session will be announced dedicated to developing Android apps for Google TV. You can find a full list of the currently announced Google I/O 2011 sessions here.
We know that the Android Market is (hopefully) dropping for Google TV this year, and now there’s some new evidence which may confirm this. One observant developer noticed that a recent Android Market server update now includes a filtering option which checks whether or not an app needs a touchscreen or not.
Google has yet to comment as to whether or not this update pertains to Google TV, but I think the theory has some definite logic behind it. Obviously a Google TV device like the Logitech Revue does not have a touchscreen, which is causing some to believe that this update is in fact Google TV related. Only time will tell, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Earlier today we told you that Vizio has formally announced their Google TV offerings a couple days before CES, which came via press release. We now know that the company will be releasing Google TV powered HDTVs and Blu-ray players, but there is something else that struck me about the press release that will be very exciting if true. The image above was included in the press release, which clearly shows one of their Google TV powered HDTVs with a lot more apps than the Google TV we know today.
It is entirely possible that this is just a mockup image meant to generate some buzz and excitement about the product, or perhaps this is what they intend the interface to look like once the Market is released sometime this year. However, with Vizio supposedly planning to show off their new device(s) at CES, perhaps we will get to see an early build of the next version of Google TV featuring the Android Market. We will be there beginning on Wednesday to bring you all the latest and greatest, and we will certainly do our best to get a sneak peak at the new goods! Stay tuned.
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.
Earlier today, we reported that the Logitech Revue OTA image had been made available to download. Well, contained in that image file is a folder of the Google TV Android APK files, which is are the files used to install Android applications.
I grabbed what was there and tried installing each one on my Android phone. Most apps, including Twitter and Netflix, failed to install. Some however installed, including the Amazon VOD and CNBC App.
Below you can find a link to a zip file of some of those APKs (unzip them and place them on your phone’s SD card if you want to install them). I will keep you posted if any fixes are found for the ones that dont work. Enjoy!
Along with the launch of the new Google TV website, Google has decided to give a bit of an update regarding the state of applications on Google TV. The search giant claims that they have been overwhelmed by interest from potential partners about how they can use the Google TV platform. Google is disclosing several of these partners, which include:
- Turner Broadcasting has been hard at work optimizing some of their most popular websites for viewing on Google TV, including TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, available anytime through Google TV.
- NBC Universal has collaborated with Google TV to bring CNBC Real-Time, an application that allows you to track your favorite stocks and access news feeds while enjoying the best financial news from CNBC directly on the TV screen.
- HBO will bring access to hundreds of hours of programming to Google TV with HBO GO. Authenticated subscribers will soon be able to access all of their favorite HBO content on-demand in an enhanced website for Google TV.
- NBA has built NBA Game Time, an application that lets you follow game scores in real-time and catch up on the latest highlights from your favorite team in HD
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