Google IO

If you bought a Google TV upon launch and have been anxiously awaiting an update that would allow for better support overall from the Android experience, your prayers have been answered with some new news from Google I/O. Honeycomb will be receiving an update to 3.1 which will also be rolling out to Google TV soon. This will allow for market support, and much more from your Google TV. In addition to having market access there will be USB hub support, so if you want to add a full size keyboard, a gaming controller or anything else you will be able to with full support. Finally, Google TV is becoming more of what we had anticipated, and even more!

Full details:

  • Open Accessory API. This new API provides a way for Android applications to integrate and interact with a wide range of accessories such as musical equipment, exercise equipment, robotics systems, and many others.
  • USB host API. On devices that support USB host mode, applications can now manage connected USB peripherals such as audio devices. input devices, communications devices, and more.
  • Input from mice, joysticks, and gamepads. Android 3.1 extends the input event system to support a variety of new input sources and motion events such as from mice, trackballs, joysticks, gamepads, and others.
  • Resizable Home screen widgets. Developers can now create Home screen widgets that are resizeable horizontally, vertically, or both.
  • Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) Applications can now receive notifications when external cameras are attached and removed, manage files and storage on those devices, and transfer files and metadata to and from them.
  • Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) API for audio. Developers can directly manage on-demand or interactive data streaming to enable VOIP, push-to-talk, conferencing, and audio streaming.

Source: Android Developer Blog


Reader comments

Android Honeycomb to get updated to 3.1, will bring Google TV support and much more


I can't wait for the Verizon push to finish so the wifi only one rolls out. The usb hosting was a shocker. This doesn't mean that external hard drives will work, right? And if they did, they would probably require FAT formatting like the Xbox, right? Sorry, hardware configs confuse me sometimes.

Not sure if you meant you're looking at the Logitech site to update or buy a Google TV, but if you're updating you can do it from Applications > Settings > About > Check for Updates.

The box will update itself if it's powered on though.

It's about time we hear something about getting the Market on Google TV although I'll believe it when I see it. This is the main reason I bought it in the first place. I do love Android OS' open source over my old iPhone with iOS that was pretty much locked down.