Google unveiled a software program replace for Google TV on Friday that features a slew of apps.
These are based mostly on Android 3.1, Google spokesperson Jacques Herbert informed TechNewsWorld. That is the newest model of the so-called “Honeycomb” launch.
An replace based mostly on Honeycomb has been anticipated for some time.
Sony, a long-time Google TV associate, reportedly demonstrated a Google TV set working Honeycomb at CEDIA Expo 2011, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., final month.
The Google TV Software program Replace
The Google TV software program replace launched on Friday focuses on 4 areas: simplicity, improved search, a customized YouTube expertise and Android apps.
The interface is less complicated, the customizable residence display screen has been redesigned to supply swift entry to an proprietor’s favourite content material, and all shortcuts are proven throughout the “all apps” characteristic, just like the way it’s completed on an Android smartphone or pill, Google mentioned.
The search characteristic has been improved throughout the board. Additional, a brand new app known as “TV & Motion pictures” lets customers flick through 80,000 films and TV episodes throughout cable, satellite tv for pc, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and different websites.
Google has additionally built-in YouTube extra carefully with Google TV search so customers can flip any subject right into a channel.
The YouTube expertise for Google TV has been revamped so customers can get to movies extra quickly.
Lastly, Google TV now has entry to the Android Market. To date, 50 builders have put up Google TV apps on the Android Market.
It is The Apps That Rely
Google reached out to devs to create apps for Google TV on the system’s launch again in Might of 2010, so why have solely 50 devs responded, given the outstanding progress charge of Android cellular apps?
“We labored carefully with these builders to get their apps prepared for the replace,” Google’s Herbert mentioned. The replace itself will embody Android and Internet apps from greater than 100 companions when it is launched, he added.
Greater than 50 of those companions have developed new apps for the replace, and there will probably be about 800 Android apps accessible on the Android Market, of which 30 will work properly on tv.
“With 1000’s of builders, we count on new apps to look on Google TV on a regular basis,” Herbert said. Apps will probably be supplied by companions together with CNN Cash, Flixter, Fox Enterprise, Kraft Cooking, NPR, Motor Pattern and The Wall Avenue Journal, he elaborated.
“Supporting a brand new platform similar to a TV shouldn’t be merely about porting the code over,” Simon Khalaf, president and CEO of Flurry Analytics, informed TechNewsWorld. “It is about creating an important expertise.”
It should take time to develop Google TV apps, “however the pleasure [among devs] is there, and in massive numbers,” Khalaf added.
Alternatively, maybe Google hasn’t funded app improvement efforts sufficiently, advised Rob Enderle, principal analyst on the Enderle Group.
One other issue could possibly be that few Android app devs are actually making any cash, Enderle informed TechNewsWorld.
Who Needs Set-High Packing containers Anyhow?
Longtime Google TV associate Logitech needed to minimize the worth of its Google TV choices twice this yr, from US$299 to $249 after which once more to $99, in an try to spice up gross sales.
To place issues in perspective, Apple quietly discontinued its 40 GB Apple TV set-top field and slashed $100 off the 160 GB mannequin to carry the worth to $229 again in September of 2009.
One yr later, Cupertino introduced a brand new model of the Apple TV for $99.
It could possibly be that buyers could not wish to shell out cash for a set-top field from a 3rd occasion when cable firms supply them as a part of a subscription package deal, Enderle said in a earlier interview.
“HP was on this market and it bought out,” Enderle elaborated. “NetGear and LinkSys had merchandise that by no means offered properly. The one product that has actually moved properly is the Xbox, however that is most likely as a result of the overwhelming majority of individuals purchased it to play video video games.”