Jan 21 AT 11:38 AM Anthony Domanico 9 Comments

[RUMOR] Android Market to hit Google TV sets in March/April?

On the plane ride back to Minneapolis from the Consumer Electronics Show a few weeks ago, I had the good fortune of sitting next to a representative from Logitech, makers of the Revue Google TV set-top box. In a passing comment, this rep mentioned that the Revue would be adding the Android Market around March or April of this year.

I didn’t really think twice about that comment until today, when rumors started to emerge of Google adding a filtering methodology to the market that would prevent users of non-touchscreen devices (i.e., Google TV) from viewing applications that require touchscreen interaction. This new filtering methodology would allow Google TV users to only view applications relevant to them, without needing to weed through the 100,000+ applications currently featured on the Android market.

Assuming my Logitech source wasn’t misinformed on the launch details, it appears we’ll be seeing the Android Market hit the Revue and other Google TV-enabled devices in the next few months. With the discovery of the new filtering methodology today, we’re pretty confident in our projection for a March/April release. We will, of course, keep you updated when we learn more.

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  • http://Website Daniel

    Actually, the “filtering technology” has always been there, you just have to declare your app to require the android.hardware.touchscreen feature. (List of features: http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/uses-feature-element.html#features-reference)

    Google’s just reminding everyone this can’t be taken for granted, as certainly very few apps that require touch screen support are properly declaring it.

  • http://soft.antonspaans.com/ Anton Spaans

    Like Daniel said, this feature filter is nothing new. It started showing up in the Android Market developer-console recently, though.

    Google TV actually may support android.hardware.touchscreen offcially.
    The user can use the mouse on the remote/keyboard/phone to move a cursor on the screen and click or long-click. Swiping is possible also, although quite cumbersome.

    android.hardware.touchscreen.multitouch and associated features are likely not supported by Google TV.

    • http://Website Daniel

      I was pretty sure there was some capability for general pointing methods (any of touch, pointer, mouse, etc), but apparently there isn’t any.

      IMO Google should create one, rather than killing the meaning of android.hardware.touchscreen. Some things only work (or work better) when you have a touch screen, other things when you have a proper cursor on screen. Most will work with either, but we (developers) still need to be able to tell the difference and adapt (or outright reject the hardware, sometimes).

  • http://Website james

    Do we know if google are ever going to recognise that the rest of the world exists? The uk buys the most android phones in Europe and yet we still don’t see google TV or google voice

    And we would buy it in droves!

    • http://Website Daniel

      Didn’t they suspend the announcements of new devices at CES in acknowledgement the system isn’t really up to par yet? I don’t think they’re ignoring the rest of the world as much as avoiding any more criticisms and unsatisfied customers until they have a quality product.

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  • http://Website Michael S.

    I don’t think it’s so much a rumor since Google I/O has a Google TV track specifically for designing apps for the platform. I, as a Logitech Revue owner, am excited to see what the Android Market will bring. I already love my Revue (the search across my DVR/schedule, VOD offerings, Youtube and the web) and can’t imagine not using it. Add in the fact that I bought it from DISH Network (where I work) for only $179 and I’m a happy camper. This thing does so much more than my old Apple TV was even close to being able to do.

  • http://Website Ron S

    I also like my Revue that I also brought from Dish. I notice you can add a 1 TB hard drive. I happen to have a new one that I am not using. What can I use it for on the Revue if you cannot download movies from the internet?

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