Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The first Apps for Google TV

Turner Broadcasting, NBC Universal, HBO, Netflix and Amazon are some of the initial content partners of Google TV. Although this is beginning, the list is quite impressive.
The Google TV will run Android 2.1, include Chrome 5.0 and Adobe Flash 10.1. Moreover, Google will pre-load a few high-quality Apps like Pandora, NetFlix, NBA while the Android Market will be available early next year, after Google releases the SDK.
If the Web Apps are properly designed on a TV, they will work well. A perfect example for this is YouTube Leanback as it is optimized for Google TV.

Although it is a difficult task to develop Web Apps for TVs, yet Google offers some guidelines: TV interfaces should be simple, navigation and content are very important, the app should take advantage of the wide screen.
Google’s Ambarish says, "One of our goals with Google TV is to finally open up the living room and enable new innovation from content creators, programmers, developers and advertisers". Moreover, Google TV has an Apple-esque site and will be available from this month on devices made by Sony and Logitech.