Hey GTV fans: Fantastic news! The final version of the Google TV SDK went live today - Google TV is still alive! This is a follow up to the preview build released in August.


Apparently, the differences between this and the preview version are pretty minor: by popular demand, the Action Bar now renders horizontally (like tablets), and there are additional on-screen quick access keys, like picture-in-picture, fast forward, and channel buttons.

The finalization of the SDK means it's time for developers to really get cracking. So fire up your Linux box, grab the add-on from the SDK Manager, and get to work! It sounds like that Honeycomb upgrade should be coming any day now...

Source: The Official Google TV Blog

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Michael

    I better get honeycomb for my sony google tv soon!

  • John, Alabama

    Shouldn't be long before they start preparing ice cream sandwich for it. I wonder why they didn't do that with it to start. It would have made sense to have phones, tablets, and tvs on the same page.

  • http://twitter.com/mikeGsays Mike Garcia

    I'm more interested on it working the other direction - having Google TV working on my tablet! Now that.... would be hard to figure out.... but out be really powerful!

  • Karl

    I'm really hoping that THIS is why Google & Samsung held out on us today.

  • Crystal River

    We switched cable providers when we got our Google TV last December. We had DISH but switched to local Brighthouse and that was a mistake as I learned the google remote works well with DISH. Been seeking an early termination ever since!

    But I have not noticed anything new with the update. When will the market be available? am I missing something here?

  • https://plus.google.com/117702410245683101961/posts Lucian Armasu

    I really hope they give it time before Google TV launches this time, and they don't pull another "Honeycomb launch" where they released the SDK literally a day before Xoom launched, and couldn't care less about how many apps were optimized for it. Extremely stupid of Google. Both the iPad and WP7 had like 2000 apps each on launch day.

    I'm really upset about Google not getting this already, that you need 3rd party apps for the "platform" to be viable and make the products more successful. I was hoping they'd finally understand to put Kal-el chips in set top boxes and turn Google into a "console platform" (really nice opportunity there), but I think I should prepare myself to be disappointed.

    I doubt they "get" that, even though cheap Kal-el powered Android "consoles" from all manufacturers would be really nice. If only Google would work with developers to make a lot of games available for them from day one. But at this point I'm pretty sure they didn't do that.

  • Michael

    How can I get this sdk in my eclipse-android plugin (android sdk)?

    • Ron Amadeo

      You need Linux. It should be in SDK Manager under Available Packages ->3rd Party -> Google Inc.

      • Michael

        Thanks, I read the manual on the page http://code.google.com/intl/de-DE/tv/android/docs/gtv_addon.html .

        I have only 'Google APIs by Google Inc. ...' (the last version I installed is 13) under 3rd Party->Google Inc. There aren't any entries in SDK Manager that start with 'Google TV'.

        Any ideas? Or is this add on only for USA?