We're sitting in on the Google TV session this afternoon at Google IO and just got our first look at Android 3.1 Honeycomb on the platform. Announced during the Day 1 keynote on Tuesday, Honeycomb on Google TV will bring full Android compatibility at the 12-foot level. That means full Android access on your TV, including Android applications and the full Android Market.
In addition, Google TV will gain full ADB support -- meaning devs can debug, and hackers can hack. There's an SDK add-on in the works (no word on when we'll see it just yet), and there will be additional television-specific functionality.
Much of the talk consisted of how devs will need to handle the resolution and pixel density on something as large as a television. The main difference between Google TV and Android on a phone, at least from a UI perspective, is that you hold a phone a foot or so away from your peepers, while a TV is across the room, thus the "12-foot view."
Honeycomb will also be able to handle the inevitable screen clipping that can occur when switching from HD to standard-def content.
Other news out of the session:
- For the obvious reasons, users won't be rotating their screens. Devs need to remember this.
- Apps will need to optimized for navigation via the D-pad, and not touch.
- Right now, devs can run apps in the Honeycomb emulator.
- A Google TV emulator is coming soon.
- ADB access is coming later this summer, but devs can get early access through the Fishtank Program.
- The Android Market has a nice 12-foot view. (Pic via Jason Howell)
- NDK apps are not supported on Google TV.
- Neither are apps that use the camera, microphone or other sensors.
- Source code for the Google TV remote app is being released under the Apache 2 license.
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