Today marks the one-year anniversary of the official launch of Android TV News. It began with a simple idea. There did not seem to be a lot going on in Android TV. Developers weren’t building apps because there weren’t users, and users weren’t getting devices because of a lack of apps. There was a disconnect between these two groups and if developers were able to receive more press for what they did, they’d have a greater incentive to invest their time. This would in turn help users who were looking for apps.
Anthony and I started it September 8th last year with a handful of posts, including an interview with the game developer of Whispering Willows. From the beginning we wanted to help the Android TV community by curating news and providing original content.
A few months into our experimental blog, Brian began writing a handful of articles. Later we launched a YouTube channel for video content and gameplay videos. The NVIDIA Shield has been a great device for screen recording and even occasionally streaming to our Twitch account.
Over the past year, we’ve been growing very well in conjunction with the platform itself. Early on I spent a lot of time trying to find some Android TV-related news every day to publish. Now we’re publishing several a day and still developing a backlog. It’s great to see this progress both in terms of news and the community in general. TV and Google Cast are beginning to become more of a priority and getting some great software. I’ve definitely learned a lot about building a community and finding success running a tech blog.
Thanks in part to this site, I was able to obtain an internship at Google this summer where I worked in the Developer Relations team for Android TV, improving sample apps and acting as a bridge between third-party developers and Google’s engineering teams. It was fantastic, and my in-depth knowledge of TV really helped me make valuable contributions.
After a year, I think Android TV News has been fairly successful. We have hundreds of followers on our YouTube and Twitter accounts, and we’re almost at 500,000 total page views. We’re not slowing down either. We will continue to create handy guides for users, maintain our list of Live Channel sources, and create more content for you to read. We also have some other plans that we’ll be discussing soon.
If this was a State of the Union, I’d say the state is good. Android TV is more popular than ever, and Anthony, Brian, and myself are still excited about where the platform will go. The site has seen a lot of growth since we began and it will continue to be your one-stop shop for everything Android TV.
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