Guys I wanted to point out LG Developer program and the SDK Version 2.0. You can learn more about the details and download the SDK at
Start building apps for Smart TV now. You can also join the Smart TV App Developers Group on LinkedIn which is an active group with lot of interesting developments on Smart TV Apps on Samsung,LG,Sony,Panasonic,Philips,Android etc
Link to the Group : http://www.linkedin.com/groups/LG-Smart-TV-Developer-Program-4007410.S.98273623
Music and financial news top the list for the most successful Google TV applications, according to a new six-month-long study from Xyologic.
The Android OS-based Google TV software, which currently runs on a variety of set-top boxes from Logitech, Sony, and others, allows regular television sets to gain access to content on the Internet. It also helps organize that content so it can more easily be found and consumed, and it adds support for developers to create TV-specific applications.
Xyologic’s report found that 4,793,000 exclusive Google TV apps (meaning, apps that were created specifically for the TV and not a tablet or mobile device) have been installed since August 2011. The bulk of those installations (4,441,000) come from apps that were preloaded by the Google TV device manufacturer, and make up the top six most installed apps. Those include Napster, Pandora, CNBC Real-Time, TV & Movies for Google TV, Photos for Google TV, and Twitter.
As you can see from the table below, pre-installing an app doesn’t necessarily translate to high usage or popularity. For instance, Napster has the highest install base and the lowest rating. Also, the fact that music, social, and photo apps are all among the most installs shows that Google TV still has a long way to go before it comes close to replacing your daily television watching habits. There should be more video-content apps toward the top.
The report also indicates that there are a total of 64 exclusive Google TV apps that have been downloaded a total of 352,000 times since August 2011. As for non-exclusive Google TV apps, the most popular apps in January 2012 include a handful of gaming and social applications, according to Xylogic’s research.
It’s possible that Google TV apps will gain more notoriety when the next generation of Google TV-enabled devices starts launching later this year. We already know the company is revising its YouTube application to make it more friendly on the platform just in time for people to check out its push for more original content. Google is also taking advantage of people’s desire to use their televisions as a gaming device, by pre-loading OnLive on to all Google TVs. I’d also expect Google to focus on creating an exclusive Google TV app for its new music service, which is sure to knock down both Pandora and Napster.
iMusti.com, an online portal for Indian music has signed an agreement with Samsung India to develop video applications exclusively for Samsung Smart TV consumers. The applications, called MoD (Movie on Demand ) and VoD (Video on Demand) will be a collection of entertainment that will be available to the subscribers for streaming. Subscribers can view the collection of video titles for a nominal monthly fee and also access several other titles using Pay-Per-View option.
The applications will host over 5,000 titles across multiple genres and languages in digital quality. Subscribers can choose from erstwhile movies to the popular contemporary, television shows, regional compilation of songs and movies, religious discourses, etc. iMusti.com will continue to develop 12 more applications within the next one year.
Samir D Khandwala, Founder and CEO iMusti, said, “iMusti.com has always focused its efforts on offering a wide range of Indian music through new mediums of technology. This partnership enables us to penetrate into the popular video market and we are delighted to commence our applications for the top leading brand Samsung.”
Raj Kumar Rishi, VP, AV Business, Samsung India, said, “We are very happy to partner with iMusti.com to provide Samsung Smart TV buyers with more entertainment and richer content. Content for Smart TV buyers is increasingly becoming a strong trigger for purchase and our tie up with iMusti.com is fulfilling that customer need.”
Smart TV is the new hot trend in the TV industry and with access to the Internet TV manufacturers hope to take the same route as smartphones did a few years back. LG has announced that their TV App Store* is now available on 2011 TVs with Smart TV. From here you can download new video-on-demand services, games, utilities and much more.
LG has now issued a software update that makes the App Store available on all 2011 LG flat panel TVs with Smart TV.
In the TV App Store you can download new Apps from different providers. Right now only the international App Store is open but local stores will be rolling out in the coming weeks and months, LG says.
You can find Apps such as”Revision3″; an Internet TV channel, mini games, and”Fitness Trainer”; a fitness coach directly on your TV. In addition you have access to services such as YouTube, Facebook and video-on-demand services such as Netflix (only in US).
If you have a LCD/LED model with Smart TV from LG’s 2011 line-up you can take a look around in the TV App Store now. If you have a LG plasma-TV from the 2011 line-up you have to wait until later this week or next week to access the TV App Store.
* The App store is not available in India as yet.
Link to the app store : LG TV App Store
The store that can be accessed from Samsung’s range of Smart TVs reached its first million in
about 9 months and took about 14 months to reach the 5 million mark.
Samsung TV Apps Store works in over 120 countries with few popular apps on the store are YouTube, Google Maps, AccuWeather, Cave of Hades, Twitter, dynamic bowling etc.
Samsung also launched a 3D video-on-demand service couple of months back to allow users enjoy 3D content.
Via : Samsung Hub
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