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This Week In Google TV: WD Making A Google TV, Google TV In Retail Stores, Tutorials

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    This Week In Google TV: WD making a Google TV, Google TV in retail stores, editorials, tutorials and more (click for full article)

    posted on Feb 16th 2013 by Edgar Cervantes

    "Welcome to the second edition of our "This Week In Google TV" feature! This is where we bring you your weekly dose of the latest happenings in the Google TV platform. We know many of you are struggling to find much Google TV content, so we are excited to help you find all you need in one place.

    Google TV is finally starting to take off, with more manufacturers and updates coming around. We strongly believe things will only get better from now on, so let's jump in and see what we have for you today."
     
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    Wow, Western Digital making a Google TV box is a big surprise to me. Hopefully it will include much greater codec support than any current models, only the Sony NSZ-GT1 approaches the WD TV Live boxes in terms of codec support. It will have to cost more if that turns out to be the case but some percentage of the market needing it will be willing to pay the price.
     
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    I always like to see new GTV hardware partners and hope that WD jumps on board - however based on the article it doesn't sound like a confirmed done deal to me. Android TV was also mentioned so IMO this could mean WD is weighing their options of producing an Android TV box or a GTV box. They likely wouldn't produce both.

    From the article:

    "The company has posted a job listing looking for a software architect to manage design and production of "IP set top boxes based on the Android operating system," which "would include Android TV and Google TV solutions." We don't know the details yet"
     
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    Of course, no guarantee until we see the product released, but I still haven't seen any official "Android TV" product released although I know the Archos TV Connect is supposed to be available soon. As far as WD putting their name on one of those fringe no name products, no way that happens, but if Archos actually releases their official Android box, others could follow.
     
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    A bit more information about the WD rumors:

    http://www.androidauthority.com/western-digital-google-tv-156978/ (click for full article)


    by Gary Sims on Feb 18, 2013


    "Western Digital is well known for its hard drives, but it also manufactures a few other things like networking equipment and media players. It current range of "WD TV" media players are custom designs with support for a range of media formats, like MP3, AVI, H.264 etc. However it looks as if WD is broadening its product range to include Android TV and Google TV based solutions.


    According to a new job advert, WD are looking for a lead software architect for work connected with the "design and deployment for Android based IP set top boxes." Furthermore, the job description adds that the work "would include Android TV and Google TV solutions." Although WD has its own existing solutions it looks as if the company is branching out into Android as the successful candidate would need "2+ years developing Android based applications."


    It is unclear if WD are planning on making a vanilla Google TV box but from the job description it looks like WD's plans are bigger. For starters it looks like the new device(s) will have their own API (application programming interface) which means that WD could be looking for third parties to write apps just for their device. Also the WD device will integrate premium services not currently available on stock Google TV (but which could be available from the app store). Currently Western Digital's media player support services like Spotify and Pandora.


    The UI will be bespoke as the job description calls for a new app centric architecture for 10 foot user interfaces and there will also be support for a second monitor / TV.


    If WD are just advertising now it means that the eventual products are quite a way off yet, however it is interesting to see that Android is gaining greater acceptance as an OS for devices other than phones and tablets."
     
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