92% of Google TV Apps Downloaded Are Pre-Installed Apps?


The folks at Xyologic have crunched some numbers recently regarding Google TV. The platform has 64 apps specifically designed for it. Of these 64 apps, six are pre-installed on Google TV devices. Those 6 apps have been “downloaded” 4.44 million times, apparently, out of the nearly 4.8 million apps that have been downloaded. That means that 92% of all apps downloaded on Google TV devices aren’t even by choice. Xyologic says a lot of this is due to the “underwhelming” selection of applications on the Android market. Out of those 64 apps, only two have ratings above four stars and many have ratings under three. They have a lot of other interesting figures and commentary on the subject to get a look at the full breakdown at the source link. [Xyologic]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. The app selection at the moment offers practically zero reason to even open the Market on a Google TV. I think the only things I downloaded were “Classy Fireplace” (which wasn’t classy, but rather grainy and crappy looking video), and a police scanner which works fine enough but I can already stream that to my phone and play it on the stereo through bluetooth if I actually wanted to listen to it, which I rarely would, so yeah… they need to have some developer contests or something for it.

  2. The only app that should be downloaded from the gtv market is GTVBox…then sideload IceStream and you’re good to go.

  3. I only use the netflix app. Then i have hbogo and bookmarked since they dont have apps….

  4. Just hooked up my Revue last night and did check out the app selection.  Not too much there to get excited about to be honest.  There were only a few there and there was no way to sort by category or anything.  A bit disappointing.

  5. You know what would help with this? Making it a bit easier to develop for Google TV. Right now, if you don’t already have a GTV box, you have to boot up a linux install to run an emulator for it. What the heck?

  6. Awesome apps to install/sideload: Plex (with third party plugin support), Google Maps, Voice, Google+, ADW Ex/Go Launcher, ES File Explorer, Dropbox and you’re good to go!

  7. What the hell? If you have a Google TV device and aren’t using Plex, you’re doing it wrong. (You should also be using Plex on your home computer, but that’s an entirely different discussion!)

    1. what is plex?

  8. Google TV sucks. I don’t know how Google could put such a half-baked product out in the market. It’s not a complete product, its extremely clunky and it does not function well.

    It can also be very overwhelming for regular people who want to simplify their “TV Watching” experience by buying this thing in the first place. 

    It’s made for geeks and geeks don’t care about it. 

  9. My revue crapped out after a couple of weeks, and I wasn’t even disappointed. There was really nothing to do with the thing…

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