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.
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.
Tags: Android, Google I/O, Google TV
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