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GTV Rumor: May10th

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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    "According to our tipster, Google is planning to merge the AOSP (Android Open Source Code) of what are currently three different areas: Google TV, Honeycomb 3.0 (Tablets), and Gingerbread 2.3 (Phones). That’s right, Android Ice Cream will be ONE project for all THREE code bases. Better yet, we’re hearing Google plans/hopes to make this announcement at Google IO on May 10th/11th!"

    In case you didn’t catch that… it’s huge news. In my humble opinion, Google TV is an ENORMOUS opportunity for an entire industry (television) to take the leap that it’s promised for decades (Internet TV). With the addition of apps and games from Android Market, I strongly believe Google TV will be a somewhat unstoppable force. We’ve known Google TV is based on Android and Chrome, but merging it into the AOSP branch means a lot of things, starting with Google’s supreme confidence and motivation in Google TV itself.
    [​IMG]Google has been catching a ton of flack for not releasing the Honeycomb source code – it’s time to stop complaining. While everyone cries “fragmentation”, Google attempts to prevent the fragmentation, and then everyone cries “you’re not Open Source”! In my mind, Google has done a great job of balancing a project driven by Open Source concepts without losing control of Android’s momentum.
    We reached out to one of our trusted tipsters regarding the [Icecream = Google TV + Honeycomb + Gingerbread] rumor and not only did they confirm it… they also provided some feedback of their own. According to this anonymous source, part of the reason Google is with-holding Honeycomb source code is BECAUSE of the planned integration with Google TV. If Google were to release the source code of Honeycomb now, then launch Ice Cream with Google TV integration, we’d be looking at the same problems and disparities between Gingerbread and Honeycomb all over again. Only this time the odd man out would be the newly added “TV” features.
    What does the addition of Google TV to AOSP mean for consumers? A lot… but most of it is behind the scenes stuff. If phones, tablets, and TVs are all pulling from the same code that uses the same APIs, I see two immediately huge benefits:

    • Quicker updates. Google only has to update ONE code base which will account for phones, tablets and TVs. Fix it once or add a feature once and they’re golden across the board. This will allow Google to FOCUS on one “product” – the AOSP – with many different device types enjoying the benefit.
    • Easier/seamless integration between services running on different hardware since they’re based on the same code. Take for example the “Speech-to-text” operation on your Android Phone (I use it all the time). If Android OS and Google TV are not only using the same code for this, but it’s pulled from the same exact place, it maximizes consistency and greatly reduces the possibilities of headaches and compatibility problems.
    [​IMG]While the above analysis could be considered a healthy mix of rumor and speculation, out tipster flat out told us that we can expect AOSP to merge Google TV, Honeycomb, and Gingerbread at Google IO. Of course timelines always change, as do plans, but this would be a HUGE step in the right direction for Google TV and open the door for Android Market on Google TV which we’ve been eagerly awaiting. Plus it all just makes sense.
    I have no doubt that Google TV will eventually be HUGE. It’s a great concept on it’s own, but with the full momentum of Android behind it… I’m not sure it can lose. In my mind, the bigger question mark is Chrome and Chrome OS.
    We’ve previously heard about HTML5 killing Apps and even Google CEO Eric Schmidt said most mobile apps will soon be written in HTML5. Chrome is Google’s insurance policy. They’ve got Android on the native mobile side and Chrome on the HTML side – they’ve got two leading horses in one of the most important races in all of technology. Chrome OS is more of an experiment in my mind, but testing the waters for how a atrictly HTML5-based, mobile-connected device can work. Once – and if – the shift from native apps to HTML5 takes place… Google will already have a huge head start.
    Just as Google TV is merging into the Android source, I wouldn’t write off Chrome eventually being merged as well. Android has such a powerful brand name and following that people KNOW it and people WANT it. If Google launched anything as “the new Android XYZ” it would immediately grab consumer and critic attention. Although, as proven by the slow start of Google TV, it’s got to have the killer content to go along with it or we’ll hear it in one ear and out the other.


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    If google release the source code and opens up google tv say good bye to streaming services like Netflix.

    The content providers wants insurances that their services and content can't be stolen.
     
  3. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    I was thinking this may be an April Fools Rumor?
     
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    Please......Google don't joke with Google TV :/ we need all the good news we can get.

    Man Rickaren this is one of your better post's to date, keep the good news flowing :)
     
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    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Next-gen Google Android may combine smartphone, tablet, TV features

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    Google’s light weight Android operating system now comes in three flavors: Gingerbread for smartphones, Honeycomb for tablets, and Google TV, a set-top-box OS based on Android which blurs the lines between web video and content stored on your DVR. But one day all three versions of Android could become one.


    GTV Source reports that Google will merge the source code so that Google Android Ice Cream will combine elements of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google TV. The tipster behind the rumor suggests that Google will officially announce the project at Google IO on May 10th and 11th.

    This is just a rumor for now, but it makes a lot of sense. Honeycomb already includes code that allows developers to write apps that work differently on different screen sizes. It’s not a stretch to imagine an operating system that can run on TVs and set-top-boxes, tablets, or phones with few if any modifications. This would also let developers write apps that would work across a range of devices without creating three different versions.


    Simply Put, looks good to me!
     
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    If it's true and I have a feeling that is then it will be a big boost for gtv
     
  8. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    After“I”ce Cream was hinted at by Google CEO Eric Schmidt at MWC last month there’s been a lot of speculation as to exactly where this would lead—now it’s beginning to come out in the wash. Phandroid has run with a scoop, bolstered by trusted sources, that Ice Cream will be include Google TV in its debut and this will be a huge boon for all Google Android subscribers and developers,

    The rapid-fire releases of Honeycomb and Gingerbread have brought a lot of commentary about fragmentation—vs. Apple; vs. themselves—in the Google source code. Especially due in part because while they’re both Android bases, Honeycomb (Android 3.0) develops for tablets and Gingerbread (Android 2.3/2.4) develops for smartphones. While it would seem that neither the twain should meet, it doesn’t seem that they’ll be remaining separate for too much longer. Google intends to merge to the two together into the ASOP (Android Open Source Project) Code Branch.

    And, if that wasn’t enough to whet our appetites for desert, they’readding Google TV.

    According to Phandroid,

    We reached out to one of our trusted tipsters regarding the [Icecream = Google TV + Honeycomb + Gingerbread] rumor and not only did they confirm it… they also provided some feedback of their own. According to this anonymous source, part of the reason Google is with-holding Honeycomb source code is BECAUSE of the planned integration with Google TV. If Google were to release the source code of Honeycomb now, then launch Ice Cream with Google TV integration, we’d be looking at the same problems and disparities between Gingerbread and Honeycomb all over again. Only this time the odd man out would be the newly added “TV” features.

    Google TV’s inclusion is generating a great deal of much-deserved excitement because it’s been such an interesting project. Nowadays, a carriers, distributors, media outlets, and web portals are all locked at the horns with how to deliver their content to consumers across various devices and media—licensing itself fragments across technology lines between terrestrial, cable, satellite TV vs. Internet TV vs. to-mobile streaming TV. It’s probably best for Google if they manage to make all their APIs work in one place rather than following the trend for business—it’ll certainly make the developers a lot happier.

    Keep in mind that happy developers also mean happier customers. As long as the three devices work from essentially the same APIs—especially when it comes to streaming—that means that releases can roll out on essentially the same dates for Android tablets and smartphones (and Chrome OS if/when that appears[/URL].)

    As a result, consumers who have both Android phones and tablets won’t have to skip back and forth between different versions of the same software when they switch devices.

    In a sort of way this a good thing for Google: it will guide their customers to purchase more products from their lines so that they not only integrate well with each other, but so that they maintain a sense of seamless continuity. After all, why not get an Android tablet and an Android smartphone when switching from one to the other can be done with extreme ease and the UI retains extremely similar functionality and qualities between them.

    People really dislike having to switch gears, about as much as they dislike having to learn new things. Fortunately for consumers, things like ASOP are entirely transparent to them except for the parts where it makes their lives a little easier. They won’t have to change their lives or lifestyles in order to take advantage of it; it’ll take advantage for them when their Google devices snuggle up to one another.


     
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    Please reassure me that I will not have to purchase a new GTV and I will be able to do an over the air update for ice cream if or when it comes out.
     
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    They will update you for free over the web
     
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    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Google recruiting User Experience Lead for Google TV apps

    Chris Davies Tue Apr 5th, 2011

    Google is looking to recruit a new-user experience lead, responsible for Google TV apps and the related SDK. According to the job description, the successful candidate will be “asked to pioneer new possibilities for web-based and Android application experiences on the platform and establish the patterns and standards used to develop great interactive experiences on Google TV.” The new position follows speculation that Google plans to pull the Android AOSP for Google TV, Gingerbread for phones and Honeycomb for tablets into a single code base.

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    Earlier rumors had suggested that Google plans to combine all its major Android code strands into one, in an attempt to minimize duplication of work when developing bugfixes and feature updates. A side-effect would also be easier application development, with better cross-platform support across the TV, tablet and phone segments. The new user experience lead would be responsible for establishing app best-practice as well as producing templates for third-party Google TV software.

    Google is expected to place renewed emphasis on Google TV at Google I/O in May 2011, having seen progress – and products – from the project go quiet since the pre-holiday 2010 push. SlashGear will be there to bring back all the details; the full job-spec is below.


    User Experience Lead, Google TV Apps and SDK – Mountain View
    This position is based in Mountain View, CA.
    The area: User Experience
    We follow a simple but vital premise in the User Experience group: “Focus on the user and all else will follow.” We’re ardently interested in our users and strive to learn everything we can about their behaviors, attitudes and emotions to help define the products and experiences we create. The User Experience team is a critical driving force behind gathering these insights and then using them to inspire and inform design. We are a multi-disciplinary team of interaction designers, visual designers, user researchers, copywriters and Web developers who collaborate closely with each other and with engineering and product management to create innovative, usable, great-looking products that people love to use.
    The role: User Experience Lead, Google TV Apps and SDK
    As the User Experience Lead for Google TV Apps and SDK, your work will guide 3rd party application design and development on Google TV. You will be asked to pioneer new possibilities for web-based and Android application experiences on the platform and establish the patterns and standards used to develop great interactive experiences on Google TV. You will work closely with Engineering and Product Management leadership, serving as lead designer for Google TV SDK and lead design advisor to strategic web and app partners. You will work with Product and User Experience peers to identify and prioritize the team’s biggest challenges and key opportunities in the areas of app integration, workflow, innovation and strategic planning. You have led a design organization before, understand the design process, and can interface effectively with internal and external clients.
    Responsibilities:
    Define and manage the design resources and developer tools used by 3rd party application developers for building TV optimized experiences.
    Establish visual and interaction design best practices for building well designed app experiences on Google TV.
    Create developer friendly templates, guides, and source files used to build web and Android based TV apps.
    Manage external design agencies and contractors used to develop relevant materials to meet the needs of our developer community.
    Partner with cross-functional leadership in Android to communicate requirements, needs and escalate to resolve issues as appropriate for the design evolution of the TV platform.
    Requirements:
    BS or MS in Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), or Computer Science preferred.
    At least 5 years work experience in a lead design or HCI role.
    Prior SDK or partner experience is a plus.
    Excellent leadership, communication and teamwork skills.
    A deep desire to apply design and technology toward expanding what is possible and improving the world.


     
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