Android Devs Can Now Start Optimizing Their Apps For Google TV



Last fall, Google made its first attempt to take over your living room with the launch of Google TV — a platform that merged the web with television content to create an experience promising to usher in a new era of convenience and interactivity.

Unfortunately it’s been mostly a dud thus far. The platform’s overly-complex user interface and content issues (some major channels specifically block access to their websites from Google TV devices) has led to weak adoption. Google is reportedly working to give the platform a major revamp, and there’s at least one more bright light in its future: soon, Google TV will support Android applications.

Now, Google’s been promising that the platform would be receiving Android support ever since it was first announced, but up until now there hasn’t been a strong indication as to when that’d actually happen (the most specific Google’s gotten has been “summer”). Today, we’re one big step closer to seeing that promise come fruition: Google has just released a preview version of a Google TV plug-in for the Android SDK.

This doesn’t mean that you can install Android apps yet. Rather, it means developers can start to tweak their existing Android apps for the so-called ’10 foot experience’, so that their apps will be ready once the Google TV update does ship to users.

From the Android blog:

These are still early days for Google TV, and this release is another step in providing developer tools for the big screen. While the number of apps available on TV will initially be small, we expect that through this early release of the add-on you’ll be able to bring optimized TV apps into the ecosystem more quickly. To start doing this, download the Google TV add-on today. Also, please continue to reach out to us on the Google TV Android Developer Community forum. We look forward to your contributions!

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 news No Comments

NVIDIA touts the benefits of multi-core processors for smartphones and tablets

NVIDIA touts the benefits of multi-core processors for smartphones and tablets

It may simply be a case of stating the obvious, but NVIDIA has just published a rather lengthy whitepaper extolling the many benefits of multi-core processors for mobile devices. That obviously includes some talk about Tegra 2, which is now shipping for tablets (and appearing in some phones), and a couple of fairly bold statements — namely that dual-core processors will be “the standard” for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets in 2011, and that quad-core processors are coming “in the near future.” The ultimate conclusion, of course, is that smartphones and tablets will effectively follow in the footsteps of desktops and laptops, and that as far as NVIDIA is concerned, it intends to be a big part of making that happen. Hit up the source link below for the complete paper (in PDF form).

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 news No Comments

See How Four Asian Cities Monopolized Global Trade In 15 Short Years

CHART OF THE DAY: See How Four Asian Cities Monopolized Global Trade In 15 Short Years

Here’s a fantastic graphic produced by Transport Trackers, the Hong Kong-based research and advisory firm headed by my old boss Charles de Trenck.

It shows how global containerized trade has become dominated by just four Asian cities, three of which are in China, with the fourth being Singapore.

Each consecutive colored outline shown below represents one year, and the farther out you go on the web, the larger the trade volume for the city. So for example, Singapore’s containerized trade volume in 2008 was nearly 30 million TEUs (20-foot box equivalent units), as shown by the thick orange line. It shrunk back to about 25 million TEUs in 2009, as shown by the dotted green line.

The point is that just back in 1994/1995, trade was far more balanced between top port cities, as you can make out from the innermost colored outlines above.

Then over 15 years, the chart just blows-out to the upper right corner, as container trade for Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Shenzen become a larger and larger share of the total.

To put things in perspective with the largest U.S. ports, which aren’t even shown on the chart above because they’re too small, the port of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California handled a combined 11.8 million TEUs in 2009.

This barely breaks past the second-innermost ring on the web chart above and it’s not that much higher than that of Qingdao, a Chinese city most people have probably never heard of.

(Via Transport Trackers)

chart of the day, asia's ports growth, 1994-2009, oct 2010

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 news No Comments

Groupon Gets Personalized – But Not Enough

I’ve been getting deals for nail salon, spa treatments, and furniture cleaning. But none are relevant.  So when Groupon announced “personalization” I clicked through to try to tell it what kinds of deals were even in the right ballpark category (e.g. restaurants). Turns out it was only gender, age, and zip code.  Not gonna do much to increase relevance…

Ruh-Roh – others are just copying the proven concept and not using Groupon.  Go fast-followers!

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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 integrated marketing No Comments

April Fools! Gmail Autopilot writes perfect email responses for you automagically


last year, it was Gmail Paper — write email and it automatically prints and sends postal mail to grandma!  Awesome!  Happy April Fools 2009


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