My Sony Google TV is one of my favorite devices, and the one that gets the most use in my home. Mr. Magoo is playing on the Netflix App for my 1 year old in the background as I type this. So why hasn't it taken off? Well, Google TV has made tremendous gains recently and we are finally starting to see some high quality apps hit the platform after nearly two and half years of existence.
In it's infancy, Google TV, a platform developed in association with Google by Intel, Sony, and Logitech, struggled for consistency and usability; but, thankfully, Google has done several things to change that. A few of these are outlined in the article Why Is It Time To Start Developing Apps For Google TV by Carmen Delessio, the author of Sam's Teach Yourself Google TV Development in 24 Hours. I will be touching on some similar points as well as referencing some material he pointed me to.
As Carmen Delessio points out in this article on informIT:
The iPhone showed that an app marketplace was a key success factor for a new device. The iPad showed that a new form factor with a different size and shape makes a difference for both development of apps and how consumers use them.
- Carmen Delessio
- Carmen Delessio
As consumers begin to adopt Google TV, more and more developers must approach app development for those devices based around how the end user is using a device's "10 foot user interface" and, perhaps most importantly of late, second screen apps. In the article linked above you will find a brief introduction to second screen app programming. You may have noticed second screen applications are starting to take off and you will begin to see a lot more of them leveraging social networking and additional content related to television programming.
I'd like to thank Mr. Carmen Delessio for providing me with some background information and links for this article; he is truly a pioneer at teaching Google TV development. You can find a comprehensive guide to developing for Google TV in his book Sam's Teach Yourself Google TV Development in 24 Hours. If you'd like another great source to get started on Google TV Development or just want to see Google TV in action you can head to the Google TV Development website. Stay tuned for more on Google TV and its apps!