Building Web Apps for Google TV by Andres Ferrate, Amanda Surya, Daniels Lee, Maile Ohye, Paul

By Andres Ferrate, Amanda Surya, Daniels Lee, Maile Ohye, Paul Carff, Shawn Shen, Steven Hines

By integrating the net with conventional television, Google television bargains builders a huge new channel for content material. yet developing apps for Google television calls for studying a few new skills—in truth, what you'll already find out about cellular or computer net apps is not totally appropriate. Building internet Apps for Google TV can help you're making the transition to Google television as you study the instruments and strategies essential to construct subtle internet apps for this platform.

This ebook indicates you the way Google television works, the way it suits into the net surroundings, and what the possibilities are for supplying wealthy content material to thousands of households.

  • Discover the weather of a compelling television net app, and what contains TV-friendly navigation
  • Learn the basics for designing the 10-foot person experience
  • Work with the Google Chrome browser on a television demonstrate, and migrate an present site
  • Use examples for constructing a television internet app, together with the UI, controls, and scrolling
  • Understand tips on how to optimize, carry, and safeguard video content material for Google TV
  • Help clients realize your content material by way of optimizing your website for Search—especially videos

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Building Web Apps for Google TV

Through integrating the internet with conventional television, Google television bargains builders an incredible new channel for content material. yet developing apps for Google television calls for studying a few new skills—in truth, what you'll already learn about cellular or computer net apps is not totally acceptable. development net Apps for Google television can help you're making the transition to Google television as you study the instruments and strategies essential to construct subtle internet apps for this platform.

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But if most of your content is dense text and poorly drawn maps of battlefields, then the content is not relevant to the target device. Lots of text is not ideal for reading on TV and neither are graphics that don’t display well. A Low Learning Curve One of the commonalities that we’ve seen for web apps that get a good reception from users is the streamlining of features and functionality. It’s great if your app has lots of features and functionality, but these should not be exposed all at once.

If you want to design your site without having to compensate for autozoom, you can disable this feature with the following meta tag: Scrolling and Paging Content Traditional web pages use scroll bars automatically provided by the browser to scroll through content. These scroll bars might be on the main browser window or in individual elements (for example, DIVs with the CSS property overflow: scroll set). The 10-foot user experience makes it difficult for users to select a relatively small scroll bar on the display and position it accurately.

Set a goal to mock up anywhere from three to six interfaces, each posing a different perspective, then evaluate the pros and cons of each. Subsequently, evaluate, combine, and reiterate until you have a user interface with which you are happy. Learn from Other 10-Foot User Experiences There are already various 10-foot interfaces being used today on TV. The Google TV UI is one vision of a 10-foot user experience, but there are other UIs worth comparing as well. Figure 3-1 shows the home screen for XBMC, a media center operating system branched from Xbox.

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