Google TV’s Director of Content, Donagh O’Malley, has announced that we should see version 2.0 for Google TV within the next month or so. It was also mentioned that the the Android Market in version 2.0 will take Google TV from 8 pre-installed apps to 1,000+ over night with 250 of them being TV oriented. You can catch the video after the break and the 2.0 talk starts at about the 57:55 mark. Google TV is one product I’d really love to see take off. Anyone currently have one and what do you think so far?
Turner broadcasting confirmed that it has TBS and TNT apps in development for Google TV, but they will be limited. Both apps will require viewers to sign in with an account linked to a traditional TV service to watch. We have seen authentication with mobile apps, but never for the TV, mostly because of limited third-party apps.
We know Google is readying Honeycomb for Google TV, so it’s probably a safe bet that we will see these apps when that is released. According to a representative at Google, this could “bring more content to users.”
We know Google TV has been dismal so far, but are you guys excited for this next release?
Those of you who have been on the fence about getting the Logitech Revue may want to start saving for the $99 price tag. A second Honeycomb build (we covered the first one here) has leaked for the device and it’s quite nice looking and much smoother than the previous leak. The folks over at ChannelAndroid took the plunge with it and were kind enough to do a video walk-through for those that might need some encouragement. In the video, they show Netflix, the newly designed GoogleTV specific Market, as well as the general UI of the new build. One thing that does bear mentioning: if you’re wanting to flash the leaked build, you’ll want to flash the original leak first or you’ll end up with a $99 paperweight. With that out of the way, grab your popcorn and click in after the break! » Read the rest
Yesterday at the CEDIA Expo, Sony Had an exiting new announcement to make. It seems as though the rumored Honeycomb version of Google TV is all but ready for the masses, hopefully it will be available by the end of next month. Sony had a fully functional GTV box running Honeycomb on display, giving users access to the Android market, apps, and improving the UI (see video after the break courtesy of our friends over at Engadget).
I think we can all agree that Google TV wasn’t the most thrilling debut, but neither was Android when it first started. Now Android is the most dominte mobile OS on the planet. Could this happen for Google TV?
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the lack of success was due to the fact that it was built into Televisions, and consumers replace their TVs once every five years. I disagree with this as there are standalone units from Logitech and Sony.
Speaking of Sony and Logitech, Schmidt believes that new companies will be jumping onboard soon. He said, “We’re absolutely committed to staying, to improving Google TV.”
Many have wondered why Android does not feature the Chrome browser, or for that matter, why Google developed Chrome OS alongside and separate from Android. Thus far Android has simply featured “Browser,” which like Chrome is based on the open source WebKit. Unlike Chrome and its Chromium counterpart, however, Android’s browser comes in only one flavor; closed source. That is about to change.
We plan to start by setting up a webkit.org build bot that will compile Chromium’s DRT for Android using the Android NDK, SDK and toolchain. We anticipate a reasonably small set of changes to the Chromium port to achieve this. We’re fully committed to maintaining this new flavor of the Chromium port of WebKit and having a build bot up and running as soon as possible will make this an easier task. At the same time, we will be removing the existing incomplete Android port. This includes the Android-specific code in WebCore/platform/android, as well as any code guarded by the PLATFORM(ANDROID) macro.
The Android team is committed to releasing a slightly modified Android browser to be fully open source. Certain Android specific code will likely be removed before that release, but it’s obvious that Google is trying to reunite the projects in a move that could herald the arrival of branded Chrome on Android. Convergence between the Android browser and Chrome is practically inevitable. Aside from Honeycomb tablets bringing a more PC-like experience to browsing, Google TV, soon to be updated to Android Honeycomb, has a browser that sports the Chrome brand. With that pending, how long can Google keep them separate? Besides, having a WebKit based Chrome on Android devices will make work easier for web developers to get content on Android, and of course I’m sure Google would love to see their Chrome browser advertised on every Android device.
Back in May, we quickly announced that Google would be bringing Honeycomb to a Google TV near you and with it, the Android Market. It was also confirmed when Logitech’s Revue finally received a leaked walk through for the update. Well, as an early start to the promise, the search giant is giving you a little taste of what’s to come while also hoping you’ll get a head start on developing some monster apps for their TV service. The company has announced that it will be providing a preview of the Google TV add-on for the Android SDK. Per the company’s official Google TV blog, Ambarish Kenghe, product manager for GTV stated the following:
“These are still early days for Google TV, and this release is another step in providing developer tools for the big screen. While the number of apps available on TV will initially be small, we expect that through this early release of the add-on you’ll be able to bring optimized TV apps into the ecosystem more quickly. To start doing this, download the Google TV add-on today….”
While the add-on does not contain all features of Google TV, it enables developers to emulate Google TV and build apps using standard Android SDK tools. It also provides new APIs for TV interaction, such as TV channel line-up. Google TV emulation is currently supported onLinux with KVM only, and we are working on support for other operating systems. We’re very happy that through KVM we’ve been able to create a fast Android emulator for TV.
Talk Android is also hoping developers will take advantage of the head start and hit the floor running, developing some innovative applications for Google TV. As of now, I’ve not been enticed just yet to run out and jump on Google TV, but I believe Im getting there. There’s just something practical and effective about having a web browser on your television screen, but not in that quirky webtv kind of way. So how about it folks? Ready to jump on board and help Google TV soar to new heights? Head on over to their blog via the source link to download the SDK and get started. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Google TV debuted last year with not a lot of fanfare, but it is not dead. Google did not talk much about it at I/O last month, but they promised that it will be updated to Android 3.1 later in the year.
There is a program (and device) called Fishtank for developers that have the most interesting ideas for Google TV apps. They got into the program and received the device for free. It has Android 3.1 and it is essentially the “Nexus” of Google TV.
Google told us at I/O that the Google Market would be coming to Google TV and it looks like we are getting close. For those that have a Google TV unit, like the Revue, you can now see them listed as “other” in the list of My Devices in the Android Market. Don’t attempt to download anything to it because it won’t work, but we know that soon you will be able to.
Google announced a few days ago that they bought SageTV so it looks like Google has more plans for Google TV. Stay tuned.