Google Adds More TV Sessions to I/O, Including One on Live Channels

Google I/O, the most wonderful time of the year, is only days away! Thousands of eager developers will be flocking to Mountain View, California to learn a lot more about building the greatest apps, websites, and other kinds of technology. Aside from the keynote, which is where Google announces the bulk of their new products, there’s a number of sessions where developers can learn more about very specific things such as Stackdiver.

Although there were a couple of Android TV sessions that were scheduled during the first set of sessions, it was remarked that many more were coming soon. Now Google has updated the schedule and it’s clear that Android TV’s presence will be much more than just a casual mention.

On the first day, this Wednesday, there are sessions that will cover an overview of Google Cast & Android TV as well as using the Google-developed ExoPlayer as a way to quickly add media streaming to your TV apps.

For developers who want to learn a lot more about the Leanback library, there’s a session for exactly that on Thursday. It should help build a lot of consistent apps that will be able to play movies or audio.

Friday, the last day, is when some of the more interesting sessions will be held. There’s one called The new Cast SDK which will cover some of the recent updates to casting on iOS and Android, perhaps also talking about some new features.

Bringing live content to Android TV is one to get excited about. The session is all about Live Channels and how developers will be able to build their own. After a year or so of the app’s release, it’s starting to get a lot of polish and this is a prime time for developers to get in on building these apps.

Channel surfing is a popular way of watching TV. You pick up the remote, lean back, and flip through channels to see what’s on. On Android TV, app developers can create their own channel-like experiences using the TV Input Framework. To the user, the channels you create look and feel just like regular TV channel. If you already have an app that streams video, consider also making your content available as a channel. Come listen to our talk to learn more about the benefits of using the TV Input Framework and how you can start building your channel.

There’s one final talk in the afternoon called Bring your Android app to Android TV in minutes, which should help developers port their apps. This session will be live streamed, so developers at home will also be able to watch this instantly.

Overall, I’m excited about Google I/O this year. Are you?

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • NashGuy

    Heard any news about an updated Nexus Player? Right now, the Nvidia Shield is about the only major Android TV device going and it’s in a different price league than other mainstream streamers; it’s really a game system/streamer. I’d love to see a new flagship Android TV device in the $99 to $129 price range that can compete directly with the Roku 4 and Amazon Fire TV, offering UHD 4K streaming. It really needs to have ethernet and USB 3.0 too. Combine that with the just-announced HD HomeRun Record for Android TV from Silicon Dust and you’d have a killer solution for cord-cutters.
    http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/14/hdhomerun-record-android-tv/

    • There haven’t been any credible rumors for an updated Nexus Player.

  • I still can’t believe some of the Live Channels promised at I/O last year still haven’t been released…

    “Announced today at Google I/O 2015, Android TV Channels will line up network TV channels like ABC and CBS alongside streaming apps from a variety of streaming video partners, including TED, Vevo, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg, AOL, Pluto, the Weather Network, and European streaming service Zattoo, allowing users to “surf” through broadcast TV and streaming content in one streamlined channel grid.”
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/google-io-2015-android-tv-channels-melds-streaming-live-tv-together/

    Let’s see what’s there currently out of those (unsure about Zattoo as can’t test in USA):
    Available: Pluto, Bloomberg (only just released), The Weather Network
    Unavailable: TED, Vevo, Huffington Post, AOL On

    Pretty bad when they announced at I/O that 7 apps are going to be updated soon with Live Channels and a year later only 3 of them are with 1 of those 3 only now and The Weather Network being months later (not soon). Pluto was the only one who launched within weeks.