We are currently forming our team to build Android Apps. In an interview with a candidate yesterday as we were talking all things Android, the candidate made an interesting point, “Android will be on most TV sets shortly”.
This is a game changing statement when a key part of our business is mobile, we build software for mobile operating systems and these same OS’s are now being integrated to the most immobile of large screen TV’s.
So what is the state of the nation when it comes to mobile operating systems on the big screen:
Set Top Boxes
- Android TV – Developed by Chinese manufacturer Geniatech, it is essentially a set top box powered by Android 2.2 Froyo. Connects via WiFi to the web and delivers web content over a familiar Android interface. Content sources are still a little vague, but users will be able to install Android Apps. Not to be confused with Google TV.
- Google TV – Manufactured by Logitech in partnership with Google, it offers the same internet experience you would expect but with a few treats from Google. The new Youtube app looks nice (although I have always despised Youtube on Apple TV and PS3), Netflix integration and access to Native TV Android Apps are nice too. It seems Google has really put a solid investment into the platform as a whole, so this would be the best bet for a big screen Android experience.
- DGTEC??? WTF! – Once Aldi Supermarket starts selling Android boxes in Australia, you know the value of the platform will be about as exciting as mouldy bread. Yes it will display Android is the crappest possible way with sub par electronics. Like those crap Nintaus DVD players that skipped or crashed when changing scenes and layers on a disk. Grrrrrr not happy seeing this as I write my post!
Im going to stop here. I was going to continue looking at TV’s, Blue ray, in-car Android devices, but I’m annoyed. Seeing a DGTEC Android set top box at a discount supermarket is terrible. It explains why there is, and will continue to be so much garbage on the Android Market. Litterally anyone can build Android enabled hardware however crap it is, and as for apps the same applies.
It really sucks for Android peeps, you will continue to get more cheap, flappy, plastic experiences on the Android Platform.
We will endeavour as a leading developer to enhance the experience of the platform by offering beautiful Apps, but guess what? More cheap crap devices will hit the marker powered by Android, each will have stupid specs like non standard resolutions, sub par processors and memory. The result is a crap experience for all. Ill try and continue my post when I cool down.