Aquarium for Google TV

Most people have at least one TV in their house, and while you're not watching it it's just an ugly, black window.  If you're the proud owner of a Google TV unit of one sort or another, it doesn't have to be this way.  I stumbled across this one in our forums, and I'm glad I did.  It's called Aquarium for Google TV, and it does exactly what you would think it should do -- displays an aquarium scene on your television screen.  It's serene, it's beautiful, and it sure beats an ugly black box hanging on the wall of your living room.

You have the choice of five different scenes, ranging from goldfish and a whimsically bubbly castle, to a computer generated bit of magic that has fish big and small, even sharks.  You can choose to play some soft new-age style background music while the app is running, or just leave it silent.  Unfortunately, and this is the only drawback I can think of, you can't play Google Music in the background while running the app.  I've a feeling that this is a Google TV limitation, because I've not run across any applications that will allow it.  So no pretty fish on the screen while Foghat roars through the speakers for Jerry.  I'll get over it, and I think the wife is sort of happy about that.  

To be clear -- this app is great.  We usually have it running here at château Jeri, and even the dog likes to watch it play.  But I want to take a minute and mention that the developers are just as awesome as the app.  This is the app I was trying to load when my Market account hung.  I fought with Google Wallet, I fought with Logitech, I fought with everyone involved except the developer.  I shot off a quick email with my order number and he sent me a copy to sideload and use until I got everything all straightened out.  Guys like the folks from Arrowhead Technologies make me wish I could give an app more than five stars.  

If you have a Google TV set top box or television, you'll want to give this one a look.  You can find it in the Android Market for just a buck.  We've got video action and a download link after the break.  



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There are 7 comments

Alas, my 55" LED TV is not a Google TV. This would be a nice add on to someone with several big aquariums such as myself.

Just watching the video and see the rocks is African Cichlids...just like my tanks. Nice having different types of tanks as an option.

vicw926a4 says:

I'm enjoying the fish, but now I'm worried about algae buildup on my LCD.
It's a great app, but wish the background music played a variety of songs, rather than just repeat the same one endlessly

mikec8785 says:

Jerry, please do more Google TV app reviews. I know there are not that many out there at the moment but I do like finding new stuff like this that I wouldn't normally stumble across.

davemacd says:

Jerry, I'm pretty sure that I have listened to Google Music in the background while enjoying Trey Ratcliff's "Photo Voyages with Trey Ratcliff" app. It's not free, but it's kind of like a coffee table book for your TV. The photos are beautiful, and I think it's a really creative way for Trey to monetize his art.

djf_dc says:

I listen to google music all the time on my revue.

1. start google music first
2. then start the app - usually I am doing pictures with google music in the background

I have not tried it with aquarium - but if it works with others it should work with the fish ...

barrybilt says:

you are incorrect. i have 2 GTV's. Logitech. both allow pandora to play in background while using this aquarium. works great.