Will We See XBMC on the Google TV Soon?
#1
I recently saw XBMC running on android and I was very impressed, I had no idea that it could run so smooth from such a small quite device like a usb stick, But when I attempted to download it from the app store on my LG Google TV. I discover its not available for Google TV yet. With sony and vizio making boxes. and LG Samsung and Sony making Actual TV's. Will we see XBMC available for Google TV Soon.
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#2
Might not be accurate but from what I've read it's more or less up to Google. The GTV OS is a fork of Android v3 and not capable of running XBMC without some changes and support for native development kit apps.

Google controls the GTV OS and devices running it tend to be locked down so it's up to them I guess.

Hypothetically even if Google did make it possible for XBMC to run on GTV OS there's no guarantee the device maker would update the GTV OS on your device. TV makers in particular are very hesitant to supply major software updates which enable new features, they would prefer to sell you next years model with that software pre-installed.
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#3
The Google TV Jelly Bean Update will add NDK support, so this should be possible this fall. http://gigaom.com/2013/05/15/google-tv-a...an-update/
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#4
An interesting development for sure, even it seems LG will be updating much to my surprise.

If this makes XBMC plausible though before anyone gets excited be aware that you cant side load apps on GoogleTV (without hacking it), XBMC would have to be likely approved through the GTV app store. Also GTV's have tiny internal storage with no sd card expansion which means using the media library of XBMC is pretty much out of the question* and lastly GTV devices typically only support Dolby 5.1 pass-through nothing else.

* The UPnP XBMC server could be used, in fact thats what an existing GTV media player ViMu uses for it's coverart library.
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#5
YES, finally! Yesterday during its yearly I/O developer keynote, Google announced that Google TV is moving from from Android Honeycomb version 3.2 to Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.2, and that existing Google TVs will "start to receive updates in the coming months".

Google was quick to point out that developers will now be able to "build TV experiences using the latest Android APIs, including the NDK". Additionally, Google TV is receiving latest version of Chrome (26) with "support for hardware-based content protection, enabling developers to provide premium TV content in HD within their web apps", probably W3C new DRM framework for HTML5 videos.

Google spokesperson confirmed that it will only be available for ARM-based Google TV devices, and not on first-generation Intel-based Google TV set-top-boxes and TVs.


This was posted yesterday on Google TV Developers page on Google+

https://plus.google.com/+GoogleTVDevelop...5rmq6Yu8xG
Quote:Over the past few months Google TV has gathered momentum by launching powerful features for our users such as the highest quality voice search of any TV product and strong manufacturer adoption of the platform. At Google I/O, it’s time to talk about developers and enabling them to bring more great experiences to TV.

Today, Google TV is moving to the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean, 4.2.2), and we’ve refactored Google TV so that our TV OEM partners can update to future versions of Android in a matter of weeks rather than months. For developers, this means you can build TV experiences using the latest Android APIs, including the NDK.

Today Google TV is also moving to the latest version of Chrome, and from now on Google TV benefits from Chrome updates on the same six week cycle that you’ve come to expect from Chrome. In Chrome on Google TV, we’ve added support for hardware-based content protection, enabling developers to provide premium TV content in HD within their web apps.

Google TV-powered devices in market will start to receive updates in the coming months, and we expect to see new devices launched later this year. If you are attending Google IO, please check out the “Android: As seen on TV!” session and stop by the Google TV Developer Sandbox area.

https://developers.google.com/tv/

So more detailed information will most likely come this Friday during the "The Android: As seen on TV!" session segment of Google I/O

https://developers.google.com/events/io/.../326287482

LG also wrote this about the NDK in their announcement
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/...92241.html
Quote:In addition to boosting overall performance, the latest Jelly Bean update supports the Android Native Development Kit (NDK), so LG Google TV owners can have the widest, most diverse selection of apps to choose from. Smartphone apps designed using the NDK will run on LG Google TV with little to no modifications. With NDK compatibility, users can now play more games on the bigger LG Google TV screen. This level of compatibility makes it easier for developers to enter the burgeoning Smart TV app market.

"LG Google TVs with the latest Jelly Bean operating system and NDK support will deliver an enhanced user experience and access to more great apps," said Havis Kwon , president and CEO of the LG Home Entertainment Company. "In addition to enabling users to enjoy advanced Android apps, the latest OS will also provide developers with new opportunities in the Smart TV arena."
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#6
(2013-05-16, 10:16)RockerC Wrote: So more detailed information will most likely come this Friday during the "The Android: As seen on TV!" session segment of Google I/O

https://developers.google.com/events/io/.../326287482

The 45-minut long Google I/O session for developers about this update with NDK support, new Google TV APIs, DRM playback, and next-generation devices is now available to watch it here on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jtni1m_3ZU
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#7
Good news! XBMC is working on Google TV now. http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=176691
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