Google has released a preview version of Android programming plug-in that will allow developers to create Android applications for Google TV devices. The new tool will enable developers to test their existing Android apps in a big TV screen environment or port them to run over Google TV. Another option will be to create specific apps for Google TV.
Ambarish Kenghe, Google TV product manager, wrote in a blog post:
With the upcoming OS update to Honeycomb, Google TV devices will be Android compatible. That means developers can build great new Android apps for TV, optimize existing mobile or tablet apps for TV, and distribute those apps through Android Market.
Depending on the design and use case, an existing Android app may work well on Google TV as is, or it may require fixes. With the add-on you can test your apps to determine if they would be a good fit for TV and whether any tweaks are required. We are also publishing UI guidelines to help you with topics like optimizing for D-pad navigation, presenting information for 10-foot viewing, designing apps that work well across devices, etc. The guidelines include information on how certain UI elements on Google TV differ from other Android devices.
Despite receiving critical praise and attention at its launch in the I/O developer conference last year, Google’s smart TV failed to catch on widely with customers. Now, Google is trying to re-write the fate of Google TV by marrying it with Android.