Google TV at the Google I/O keynote
Google just finished the keynote that started their yearly Google I/O event and (as expected) there were no big announcements or updates for Google TV. The company introduced a more streamlined Google+ experience, an update version of Google Maps, and new tools for Android Developers with an extra focus on tablets (no words on a new Nexus tablet unfortunately). Also voice command for desktop search and new improved cards for Google Now were introduced.
Music and Gaming on android
Google did announce a new Music Service (Google Play All Access) allowing users to access and stream from a music library with millions of songs and combining this with their own Music Library on Google Music. To differentiate their offering from services like Rdio and Spotifiy, Google has a strong focus on discovery and instant mixes helping you creating play lists and finding new music.
Another major announcement was the renewed focus on Android Gaming showing an impressive demo of a Chrome based race game that was being played on multiple different devices. Google Play now offers the ability to save game characteristics in the cloud so users can continue their game on other devices and share their high score with friends.
So no news about Google TV?
Although Google didn’t make a specific announcement about Google TV it did release a post on Google+ saying they will upgrade the Google TV software to Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean).
Today, Google TV is moving to the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean, 4.2.2), and we’ve refactored Google TV so that our TV OEM partners can update to future versions of Android in a matter of weeks rather than months. For developers, this means you can build TV experiences using the latest Android APIs, including the NDK.
Today Google TV is also moving to the latest version of Chrome, and from now on Google TV benefits from Chrome updates on the same six week cycle that you’ve come to expect from Chrome. In Chrome on Google TV, we’ve added support for hardware-based content protection, enabling developers to provide premium TV content in HD within their web apps.
This update, together with their new abilities to sync Android Games and play millions of songs from the Google Play store, has brought Google TV the much needed update to compete with platforms like Roku and AppleTV. Hopefully the Google I/O session focused on Google TV, that is scheduled for this Friday, will bring some new insight on Google’s perspective on the future of TV.
Watch the very first hands-on experience of LG’s Google TV with the new Andriod 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update below: