New Google TV Details Emerge, Plus Screenshots of the New Honeycomb UI


google tv with honeycomb home screen

The Google TV developer session at Google I/O just wrapped up and revealed some interesting tidbits. First off we’ve got a couple of screenshots of the new Google TV with Honeycomb UI we’ll see this Summer. As you can see, it’s a drastic departure from the v1 release. Google TV will also gain support for widgets and notifications like we’ve seen on the tablet side.

google tv with honeycomb quick search box

Another interesting bit of news is that Google has open sourced their Google TV Remote app under an Apache license (now open to all developers who wish to make a new or modified versions of the app) and that 3D compatibility and support for multiple user profiles is coming in the near future. There was also mention of console gaming-like support with Honeycomb’s new game controller capability (told ya). FYI, Google TV boxes have USB host functionality already built-in.

And for those waiting to hear if Google TV will have an ARM port available… still no word. However, Google TV’s project manager said there will be an announcement regarding new hardware later this year. The team hinted at cheaper and more powerful models.

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  • http://www.mediaentertainmentinfo.com/ Nitin Narang

    With coming of Honeycomb to Google TV, Smart TV will see light of open source for bigger and better developer community adding value. While apps will add comfort and convenience “Content” will still be the deciding factor for the success and Google is still trying to find a way around this challenge. YouTube debut with movie rentals is a beginning…. but it will still take major support from content aggregators and broadcasters to have a compelling proposition