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Myriad Brings Android To TV

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    http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2011/12/20/myriad-brings-android-tv.htm (click for full article)

    "Proprietary Java virtual machines, like Google's Dalvik for Android, defeat many of the cross-platform objectives of the technology (as highlighted by Oracle's lawsuits against the search giant). Mobile software firm Myriad has brought the portability back with its Alien Dalvik product, which combines the modern features of the Google VM with multi-OS support, allowing Android apps to run on other platforms.


    Its latest addition to the line is Alien Vue, which brings Android apps to televisions.


    While a group of Japanese consumer electronics vendors has been working on an Android implementation for TV, and a variant of the OS underpins Google TV itself, the main focus of Android remains the mobile device.


    But, as Myriad's CTO Benoit Schilling says, Google's software reach and Android ecosystem need to go beyond a single OS or gadget. "It's an advantage for Google to run its apps everywhere, especially well beyond phones," he said in an interview.


    Alien Vue is an end-to-end system which enables TV service providers to add apps to their existing managed service offerings, helping them fend off over-the-top video channels - among them, of course, Google's own. Google may not take too kindly to a solution which turns its own Dalvik against its content model, but Myriad sees a chance to appeal to conventional providers as well as extending Android's reach."
     
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    Myriad Alien Vue will bring Google TV apps to cable boxes | The Verge


    "Myriad's Alien Dalvik technology already lets you run Android apps on a variety of platforms, and the newest version lets cable providers support Google TV apps on their set top boxes.


    This release, known as Alien Vue, is powered by the same virtual Android environment that Myriad showed off on the iPad and will support HTML5 apps along with Google TV offerings. The usual suspects like Netflix, YouTube, and Twitter were mentioned, but there's also less typical apps supported as well, like RSS reader Pulse. Android device owners will see the extra benefit of using their devices as remotes, but there doesn't appear to be any other integration at the moment.


    Myriad's also giving service providers the option to run their own, fully skinned app store experience by means of AppCarousel, so users might be at the mercy of their cable company's app selection. So far there's been no announcement on any cable companies picking this up, and consumers can't install this software on their own - we'll see if Myriad convinces anyone at CES."


    Myriad Alien Vue:
     
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    If the cable companies pick up the Myriad Alien Vue in a big way - it might ultimately spell the end for stand alone Google TV devices?

    This is a big if though - as it remains to be seen if the cable companies will embrace this.

    And even if they do they likely will have their own version of a limited app store IMO. Plus doubtful there will be a full web browser available with this.

    I would prefer that Google put out a super-duper Motorola GTV box that could be purchased at retail by anyone (without going through a cable company).

    It will be interesting to see what new GTV hardware Samsung and LG bring to market.
     

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