Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Google TV Puzzle

If you didn’t make it to the Building Android Apps for Google TV session at Google I/O or don’t follow our Twitter updates, you may not have seen the puzzle we posted.


We’re happy to announce that we have 3 winners, one for each Google TV device, who will be receiving the Honeycomb version of Google TV one week before we send it to all Google TV devices. Congratulations to Benji Hertel, Alecia Householder, and Jan Jorgensen on their quick wit in solving the puzzle! The winners will receive early access to Android 3.1 Honeycomb on Google TV.

We saw a lot of interesting methods being used in an attempt to solve the puzzle and were impressed by the creativity displayed (e.g. http://yfrog.com/z/h2s0sjhj). Our puzzle masters Rich Bragg and Erica Baker even planted a number of signposts with a few subtle hints along the way (http://goo.gl/bgyrygbrg, http://goo.gl/ygbgbrryg, http://goo.gl/ovtotrntv).

Ultimately, they designed the puzzle to be slightly easier to solve if you happen to own a Google TV device. Here’s how it worked:

Justin Koh, a Google TV engineer, hid an Easter Egg in the Google TV home screen. If you’ve ever clicked the white Google TV logo at the top left of the Home screen, you may have noticed that the little boxes change colors. What you may not have realized (unless you already solved the puzzle) is that the boxes flash in a specific timing pattern: Morse code!

The flashing boxes spell out two messages that Google TV fans may recognize:

Y O U H A V E S W I T C H E D T O T H E O T H E R B O X

I A M N O T A L O N E L Y T V


If you plug those letters into the puzzle, you get something that looks like this:

Y O U H A V E S W I T C H E D T O T H E O T H E R B O X

I A M N O T A L O N E L Y T V .


If you isolate the colored boxes on their own, you see the following:

O V T O T R N T V .


Do those colors look familiar? They should! The are the colors from our logo, which you can see below.

Of course the colored boxes in the puzzle are not in the same order as the colors in our logo. Re-arrange the boxes from the puzzle with the letters inside and this is what you’d find:

T V O .

R N O .

T T V .


Make it a bit easier to read and...

T V O R N O T T V .


TVorNotTV, that is the ques...er..solution. Ok, technically the solution was to visit http://goo.gl/tvornottv but that doesn’t roll off the tongue nearly as well.

Now that this cat’s out of the bag, we’ll be putting on our thinking caps to come up with something even trickier for Honeycomb.

Thanks for your participation!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New NHL Web App Brings Video Highlights and Hockey Stats to Google TV

At Google TV we want to open the living room to the web, making all television content more relevant and engaging. This is especially true for sports content. Fans want to check the latest in their fantasy leagues, tune into highlights and watch the game that’s on right now, all from the comfort of their couch. Today, hockey fans have one more reason to cheer this playoff season. The NHL has released a TV optimized web app for Google TV that gives you access to on demand video highlights, up-to the-minute scores and in-depth statistics.



The NHL web app lets you sit back, relax, and enjoy highlights from recent games straight from your living room. If you missed the game over the weekend, using the NHL GameCenter Dashboard you can go back to previous days and view all video highlights, box scores, and match-up stats. You can also check out video highlights for some of the season’s most exciting games. Summary stats for leading players as well as league standings are also available. Check out the app in the Google TV Spotlight Gallery.

We’re excited that the NHL has released this web app and we’re looking forward to checking out the rest of the playoffs (and the 2011-2012 season) on Google TV. Game on!

Charlie Harding, Google TV Marketing

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Google TV at I/O 2011

For the past two days we’ve been demoing Google TV apps in the I/O sandbox and sharing how developers can create new engaging television experiences. Developers are already dreaming up big ideas for the big screen. With Google TV being upgraded to Android 3.1 and with the Android Market opening on Google TV later this summer, we hope to see more of these ideas come to the large screen in the living room.

To help developers get started, we hosted two educational sessions where we explained how to build Android and web applications for large screen viewing. Video recordings of both sessions will be available on the YouTube Developer Channel.

In "Building Web Apps for Google TV", we explored some of the opportunities offered by the TV space, and dove into the technical and practical factors of designing web apps for television. In the "Building Android Apps for Google TV" session, we explained how to optimize Android applications to run on Google TV. We provided an overview of the platform, and illustrated how Android developers can make sure their apps look and perform optimally on the big screen. You can view the detailed guidelines here.

We also previewed our Anymote protocol, which enables developers to create multi-screen experiences across phone, tablet, and television. We’ve published the Anymote documentation and remote app source code, so you can start creating your own remote experiences for Google TV.

Thank you to all the developers who attended our living room sandbox, sessions, and office hours at Google I/O. To learn more about developing for Google TV, visit our code site.

Ambarish (AK) Kenghe, Google TV Product Manager

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Watch, Love, Shop

NET-A-PORTER Brings an Interactive High Fashion Channel to Your Google TV

Ever find yourself watching the red carpet or runway, amazed by a tailored suit, or an incredible dress and wish you could shop for that exact outfit at that exact moment? Or have you ever longed for a TV channel entirely devoted to high fashion? NET-A-PORTER TV offers Google TV users the ability to just this from the comfort of your living room TV.



NET-A-PORTER.COM is a premier online luxury fashion retailer and is the first website to offer a unique shopping experience on Google TV. On NET-A-PORTER TV shoppers can watch a variety of designer-specific runway shows, interviews, and special features. Their eclectic collection showcased on their app includes items from premium designers like Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Erdem, and others.

Here’s how it works: A video plays showing models walk down the runway wearing different high-end articles of clothing and accessories. Alongside the video are the individual items currently worn by the model in a vertical reel for you to browse and add to your shopping cart. You can add that pair of knee-high boots and sleek top while finishing your transaction on the main site. Seamless!



To learn more about NET-A-PORTER TV and take a deeper dive into how it came to be, check out their article written by James Christian and Scott Seaward from the NET-A-PORTER Labs team.

Have fun shopping!

Posted by Daniels Lee, Google TV Developer Relations Team