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Android Market Won’t Be on Google TV Just Yet

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Just like Google won’t be opening up the source code of Google TV until some point in the year following its launch, the Android Market will too have to wait for it’s big screen debut. You won’t be able to get all of your favorite apps on your TV just yet, nor will third-party installs from apk files be supported. You’ll be stuck with the apps you are given until at least 2011.

The reason is that Google wants to give developers time to optimize their apps for the Google TV experience, and they won’t even be able to begin doing that until the Google TV SDK is released. After that point, the Market should roll out to Google TV sets and companion boxes, at which time you should be able to enjoy some enhanced apps that will look great on an HD TV set.

This comes as a bit of a downer for those planning on becoming early adopters of the technology, but you can’t blame Google. A device launching with apps that just don’t work the way they should just might get more criticism then one not launching with any Market apps at all.

[via Android and Me]




  • mikeeeee

    as a person who’s been smearing cursors across crt’s for over 10 years with logitech trackballs, i can’t wait to see a google/logitech collaboration.

  • G8D

    It would be AMAZING if this also connects to Xboxs and could use Kinect.

  • Charles in Vancouver

    That’s ok I’m sure it’ll be rooted soon enough ;)

  • Bruno

    And what about a desktop based Google Media Center, if nothing just to get rid of that Micro$oft ©®@p.

  • http://www.logitech.com/en-us/1005/7099?wt.ac=psE|7088|googletv|hp Matt

    According to Logitech web site there Google TV will support APPS

  • Tyler

    The article says it will support APPS. But it will come pre-installed with Apps. And this article isn’t saying the service will never support Apps, just that google will not let the device’s access the market until dev’s have had time to optimize their apps for a larger screen, controls, etc…

  • http://davidmacdonaldmusic.com DaveMacD

    This isn’t exactly news. Google was pretty clear about this during the keynote at Google I/O.