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Majority Of Google TV App Install Base From Pre-Loads

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    Majority Of Google TV App Install Base From Pre-Loads | TechCrunch (click for full article)


    "New data from app search firm Xyologic released this morning paints a picture of the relative success (or lack thereof) of the Google TV platform. By examining the install base for the apps exclusive to the Google TV platform, it's clear that the Google media center product is still only attracting a niche crowd of early adopters. Of the nearly 4.8 million installed apps that are exclusive to Google TV, only 352,000 of them represent user downloads - the remaining 4,441,000 are pre-installed applications.


    Xyologic, which has been following Google TV since August 2011, notes that there are 64 total apps which are exclusive to the Google TV platform, forming a total install base of 4,793,000. These would be the apps most attractive to the platform's end users, as they've been customized and designed for the big screen. Watching for trends among this group can give you insight into the platform's overall health and performance as well as Google TV user preferences.



    Not surprisingly, the six pre-installed apps account for the top six apps by install base (4,441,000 installs). These include Napster for Google TV, Pandora for Google TV, CNBC for Google TV, TV & Movies for Google TV, Photos for Google TV and Twitter for Google TV.


    The remaining exclusive Google TV apps that round out the top 10 include Redux for Google TV, CNNMoney for Google TV, Maps for Google TV, MotorTrend and Thuuz Sports for Google TV. These account for just 58,000 installs last month.



    Xyologic also points out that Google TV's exclusive apps have low ratings - something which seems to confirm "an underwhelming experience for users," the company says in its report. Meanwhile, non-exclusive Google TV apps are seeing higher ratings but significantly lower number of downloads. The top non-exclusive apps currently include Classy Fireplace, Dragon, Fly! Free, CuevanAndroid, Google Music, aVia Media Player, Solitaire, Fireworks - the Best Free Game,IM+, BuddyTV and tinyCam Monitor Free."
     
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    Google TV needs to devote more attention to apps | ZDNet (click for full article)

    "Summary: For the most part, the library for exclusive Google TV apps is still lacking as it only has several dozen apps available - compared to the hundreds of thousands available in the Android Market for mobile devices overall.


    Google just pushed out another update for its Internet TV platform. The focus with this upgrade is mainly on the user experience, but arguably this goes to show that Google is missing the point.



    What the Google TV platform needs is more functionality and reasons that can justify buying the products that support this system from the likes of Sony and soon LG, among others.



    One way that Google could go about this quite directly would be developing more apps optimized specifically for this platform.



    Google finally realized the potential for Google TV apps when it opened up a new branch of the Android Market for this field last summer. Since then, there have been a few additions (notably Google Music)."
     

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