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Back in May at Google I/O 2011, we learned that Honeycomb would be coming to Google TV, and that we would be seeing an SDK add-on for developers to begin work on apps for the big screen.  Since then, we've seen Honeycomb leak out for the Logitech Revue, so we know it's pretty far along.  Today the Google TV team has announced and released a preview of the Android SDK add-on, allowing developers to start getting ready for the Honeycomb update.  This isn't something for the average Android user to play around with, even though a Google TV emulator on your computer may sound tempting.  It requires a machine running Linux, with  kernel-based virtualization built and operational.  This means that the emulator won't be the sluggish build we currently see for Honeycomb, and should make for a much better experience for the folks developing apps for Google TV. 

The Google TV team has also published design patterns and UI guidelines for Android on the television, with great notes about resolution, overscan, application scaling and other issues likely to crop up while writing apps for 1080p displays.  We're excited to see Google getting ready for the Honeycomb update for Google TV devices, and it's great to see good tools for developers making their way out the door.  Google TV could be the next big push from Mountain View, and a little pro-active planning will go a long way.  For more information, or to get the tools ready and set up your own Google TV development environment, check out the source link.

Source: Google TV blog

 

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