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Google Says Developers Can Start Publishing Android TV Apps

by Brandon Russell | November 4, 2014November 4, 2014 7:00 pm PDT


Now that Google’s Nexus Player is available to purchase, the search giant is quietly nudging developers to start releasing apps for the Android TV-equipped device. We’ve seen Google make multiple attempts to overtake the living room before, but so far nothing has really caught on; the Nexus Player is meant to right all those wrongs, and hopefully erase the memory of its Nexus Q once and for all. It can only do so if it has the backing of developers far and wide.

Google says developers can start publishing their apps for Android TV on Google Play starting this week (assuming they meet the company’s requirements). The search giant has actually laid out a pretty handy guide for distributing to Google’s new TV platform. If you have a cool app or game idea, all you’ll need to do is review Google’s guidelines, “develop a great app,” test it out, and you should be good to go.

Introduced last month, the Asus-made Nexus Player is a puck-like streamer that supports a voice-control system and separate gamepad for gaming. It’s Google Cast ready, of course, and also supports syncing across multiple Android devices. So far apps like Hulu Plus, YouTube, Dailymotion, Netflix and many more are already available for the Nexus Player, but many more should hit the streamer over the coming weeks and months.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...