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Google TV users will be happy to know that support for the platform is finally coming soon to the Android SDK. This will allow developers to unleash their apps on all Google TVs on the market, which in turn could help manufacturers eventually push more units given the renewed interest.

 

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Since the Google TV Market announcement at Google I/O, the platform has had a lot of road bumps in both TV network and user adoption. However, since the SDK update will provide new APIs (such as channel line-ups),developers will have a wider array of tools to use while crafting applications.

These new options take the form of an add-on pack to the Android SDK, which interested parties can download here.

If you have a Logitech Revue and are interested in a leak of Honeycomb, we got you covered with a walkthrough from earlier this month. That build has fewer features (no Netflix!), but will give you an idea of what the Market environment will look like, and how it works.

Apps that are supported by Google TV will also show up in the Android Market, like they do for any other Android device. Certain apps, like those that require touchscreens, won't be able to be installed to the system.

I, for one, will watch for the development of new apps in earnest. I've always been curious about the potential of the platform, and perhaps these new possibilities are just what it needs.

Source: Android Developers

Matt Demers
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  • Ruben

    Worth every bit of the hundred bucks the Revue is going for these days.

  • DonatoM3

    Does this mean Logitech is going to release Honeycomb officially soon? Summer is almost over.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Considering the beta was leaked, there's no reason to suspect it's not ready for release. I don't think they'll make the summer release deadline, but September sounds pretty plausible.

  • erik

    Whats up with the Sony blue ray/tv Google tv's? is this update rolling out too both Sony and Logitech... Or just the Logitech? I keep hearing about the Logitech getting the update but nothing about Sony...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Sonys should too - we hear more about the Revues because of the price and general market penetration.

      • erik

        Thanks... They should be more clear about whats going on...

  • Elvis

    Woohoo google revue here I come

  • Jonathan Grubbs

    Did a search for "Google TV" at https://market.android.com/ and see six apps that I didn't see there two weeks ago!

  • J

    Any chance it might drop into the AOSP as well? I'd love to find it ported to the PC. Add in some DVR functionality & it could make an awesome addition to a HTPC, or a good replacement to my Win7 box's Windows Media Center... Without having to support another box sitting around collecting dust...

  • Mostafa Saadat

    I can't wait till this comes to Canada.

  • Yo-Yo Ma

    That Sony TV in the picture looks oddly close to an iPad... It has all of the Apple design trademarks: rectangular shape, thin profile, large, dominant screen, thin, black boarders, etc.

    I've notified Apple. Sony, prepare your anus.

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