Google TV becomes part of unified Android dream

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    Google TV becomes part of unified Android dream

    Release 2.0 offers same tools, plus Android Market presence, for TV and Honeycomb tablet apps

    Published: 16 May, 2011

    Developer reaction to the revamp of Google TV, as seen at last week's I/O conference, indicates some significant improvements to the often derided platform. It now features a brand new user interface and the Honeycomb Android release, and Google is ramping up its efforts to enthuse developers.

    It is presenting Google TV as part of a broad ranging Android environment - the key theme of I/O this year - embracing mobility, the Android@home control network, and home media systems including connected TV. This may tap into the rise of multiscreen services and applications, to strengthen Google's web TV hand against Apple and others - though it has a lot of ground to make up.

    It is making it easier for developers to target TV by creating a unified Android platform with tablets. This summer, it will ship Google TV 2.0, based on an updated Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), and new tools will enable any Android or web programmer to create apps for the platform. Existing Honeycomb app writers will, for the first time, be able to access a new Google TV section within Android Market, and they can use an existing Honeycomb emulator to test Google TV apps today.

    A PC emulator will be released soon, as well as a program called Fishtank, which will provide selected hardware emulators for Google TV 2.0. It is also making available a range of software libraries to help web developers to write code for TV apps.
    Google TV, first announced a year ago, has made a slow start. Only two set-top boxes and one TV, from Logitech and Sony, have shipped so far though Samsung and Vizio have products in the pipeline to support release 2.0. Several major TV makers, notably Sony, Samsung, LG and Vizio, already supports Yahoo's connected TV platform.

    Developers on Android forums have generally been positive about the changes, and the opportunity to tackle Google TV with standard tools and apps. "Multiscreen will be the biggest growth area in future," wrote one.


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