Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sing, Share, and Play with Red Karaoke on your Google TV

Guest to the Google TV Blog Miguel A. Díez Ferreira talks about taking karaoke to the next level with the new Red Karaoke Google TV app.
When you want to organize a party at home, karaoke can be a perfect choice to spice things up. Instead of installing a disco ball in your living room, download the free Red Karaoke Google TV app and get the party started.

Practice your favorite tunes from the 70s to now - you know, the songs you dance to at the club - but in the comfort of your living room. No need to feel shy, once you turn on your mic, we know you’ll be singing your heart out. Your television could become the best tool for singing thanks to Google TV.

Now, with our Red Karaoke Google TV app, we bring the largest karaoke machine in the world for singing to your big screen. There are more than 45,000 songs to choose from with new productions in different languages coming every week. 

What makes Red Karaoke even more awesome is our exclusive Pitch Tool to change the pitch and adapt the music to your own voice - with this tool at your disposal there’s no song too high or too low that you can’t sing. Plus, if you’re on the go or want to impress your friends with your great voice, you can use your Red Karaoke account on your TV as well as on mobile apps, websites, etc.

But Red Karaoke isn't just for singing, its also for listening and finding new friends. We have the biggest karaoke community in the world, with singers from more than 150 countries, and you can listen to their recordings, vote for them in our fun ranking system, leave your comments, and even follow your favorite singers.

That's only the beginning... Stay tuned to our Red Karaoke app for Google TV, and you'll find more surprises soon. Sing, Share, Play! Download the app for free from Android Market.

Guest blogger Miguel A. Díez Ferreira, Founder and CEO of Red Karaoke

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Able Remote Brings Voice Control, Remote Personalization, And More To Google TV

Today’s guest post to the Google TV blog comes from Leon Nicholls, creator of the Able Remote app that turns your Android device into a customized remote.

Boss your TV around.  Now you can use voice commands like "channel CNN" or “app Pandora.” Or launch channels and apps with the touch of a button.  Yes, it’s that easy.  Your new favorite remote may already be in your pocket.

Able Remote turns your Android smartphone or tablet into a remote control for your Google TV. Just as you can customize your phone with apps, Able Remote lets you create your own remote button layout and in your favorite color too. Now you can use easy voice commands or intuitive swiping gestures to control your TV.  You can also create one-touch buttons to quickly launch Google TV apps, bring up favorite web sites or switch to your TV channels.

Mobile photos and videos on the big screen
It's so convenient to take photos with your smartphone, but what if you want to show your friends and family when they come to visit? Just beam it to your TV so everybody can see. Took a video with your phone that you want to look at on a bigger screen? Just beam that to your TV too.

Caller ID on TV
When you’re watching a really good movie on TV, you don't want to be interrupted. But you might still be curious when somebody sends you a text message or calls you. Now you can keep watching while the text message and Caller ID is displayed as a notification on your TV.

If you’re looking to have even more fun with your Google TV, create your own Able Remote. You can find Able Remote featured in the Android Market on your Google TV. Once you have installed the app on your Google TV, use a QR reader app like Google Goggles to scan the QR code displayed on your TV screen. When the QR code is scanned, click on the link for the code to install the app on your Android device.

Posted by Leon Nicholls, Able Remote Creator

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Dozen Ways Google TV Can Work For You This Valentine’s Day

Can you feel it? Love is in the air. And just in case you forgot, today is Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry if it slipped your mind because things have been crazy at work or you were off saving the intergalactic federation from evil aliens, Google TV can add some fun to your night. 

While a dozen long stemmed roses might be more romantic, here are a dozen ways Google TV can work for you this Valentine’s Day:

1. Create Some Ambiance with Classy Fireplace
To set the mood, download Classy Fireplace from Android Market. You can’t go wrong combining the warm glow of a crackling fire on the large screen in your living room with the melodic sound of pouring rain and a hint of soothing music in the background.

2. Cook Up Something Special
You’ve heard the phrase the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach?  Chocolate covered strawberries are like a six lane super highway.  Find recipes, cooking tips, and more in the Allrecipes app from Android Market.

3. Use The TV & Movies App To Find A Romantic Film
Snuggling up on the couch is always a great way to remind you of your first date. Use the TV and Movies app to find something great to watch, from classics like Casablanca to recent hits like Crazy, Stupid, Love.

4. Find The Perfect Gift On Google Chrome
If you’re too late for the flowers and candy this year, its okay.  Go to the web to pick up a gift certificate to her favorite spa or get her some nice bling. Then present it to her on the Google TV Chrome browser in full HD.

5. Remember Great Memories With A Photo Album
Remember all those date nights? The trips to the amusement park or the strolls through the park where you captured some pictures? Create a Picasa album and view them with the Google TV Photos app while the two of you reminisce about great memories.

6. Create A Home Video On Youtube
Have you ever made a home movie? Here’s a quick tip - make a short video telling your loved one all the things you admire and adore about her. Login to your YouTube account, upload the video and when it comes time to show your special someone, open up the YouTube app on Google TV and voila... instant brownie points.

7. Set the Mood With Her Favorite Music
Make a Google Music Playlist of her favorite songs and have it playing on Google TV when she gets home. Create good vibes throughout the night.

8. Have Some Fun Playing A Game Together
You can also play a quick game of Sudoku while you wait for dinner in the oven. Just download the Sudoku Free app from Android Market and work together to crack the puzzle. It’s a great way to get creative.

9. Turn Your Living Room Into A Karaoke Bar
Singing and dancing in your living room? You bet. With Karaoke Channel you and your valentine can sing your hearts out from the comfort of your living room without having to shell out the money for those expensive private rooms. 

10. Watch A Concert From The Comfort Of Your Couch
If you have a favorite band or artist that you two enjoy, install the Qello app on your Google TV. It has one of the largest libraries of HD concerts in the world. It might even bring back those memories from your teenage years.

11. Queue Up A Playlist In Pandora
If you don’t have time to make a playlist and still want to set the mood, create a Pandora station on your Google TV with her favorite song and let the Pandora app do the hard work.  For added bonus, leave the Pandora app playing while you browse the photo album you made.

12. Find Even More With Google TV Search
If you’re craving even more ideas, use Google TV Search to find videos, websites, and other ideas for what you can do to celebrate the evening with your partner.

13. One More For A Bakers Dozen
Forget the two drink minimum and bring the comedy club to your TV when you share some laughs together using the ComedyTime app in the Spotlight folder on your Google TV.

Hopefully this post will help you make those last minute arrangements to really spice up this Valentine’s Day. 

If you found this post helpful, please share with your friends. We would also like to hear what suggestions you used or other ideas that you have tried with your Google TV.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Updates to YouTube for Google TV

In the next few days we’re releasing an update to your YouTube experience on Google TV making it faster and easier to find great content, adding YouTube channel pages, and giving you more control over your experience.

You’ll be able to update your app through Android Market, and you’ll see some big improvements. First you’ll notice the app works faster with smoother navigation for a better experience. Next, we’ve added a new feature called Discover, which lets you browse YouTube channels by categories. Whether you’re looking for hilarious comedy, delectable cooking content, or the latest news, you can find great channels for any of your interests.

We’ve also updated the YouTube app with new channel pages. You can navigate through playlists and videos in your favorite channels, and you can subscribe to channels from the YouTube app with just a click.
We’ve made improvements to allow even more interaction with your favorite channels. You can now see related videos and more videos from the same user by pressing the up or down arrows on your remote.
Once you’ve found a great video, continue to use the up and down arrows on your remote to find the Info screen where you can give the video a thumbs up, add it to one of your YouTube playlists, or leave a comment for the YouTube community.
We hope these new features in the Google TV YouTube app help you discover even more entertainment you love!

Posted by Jurek Foryciarz, Product Manager

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Big Game, Acclaimed Movies and Twitter all on my Google TV with Social GTV!

There are two live TV events that I never miss each year, the big football game coming up on Sunday and the Oscars. As for the latter, I haven't seen more than half of the nominated movies yet, but I still have a couple more weeks of movie cramming. Why do they save all the good ones until the end of the year and release them all at once?

I am excited because I think Woody Allen, who has never shown up to accept an award, deserves the best director win for Midnight in Paris. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend renting it in the Android Market. Who knows, maybe he'll actually show up this time and accept the Oscar in person. Anything can happen at the Oscars, right? Think of how the Twitter-verse would explode if Woody stepped to the podium to deliver his first ever Oscar acceptance speech. If it happens, I will have a front row seat because I have a Google TV, the Social GTV app installed, and a few spot-on hashtags specified.

What is Social GTV? It is an app that allows you to show in-the-moment, relevant tweets overlayed on top of whatever you are watching, and it works with any show or event on any channel. Specify keywords, trends, user names or hashtags, then sit back and see what the world is saying about what you are watching, in real time.

Note: I am using a stock photo here for illustration. Imagine Tweets like this over the big game!

Not only can it overlay live TV, Social GTV can enhance anything showing on your Google TV. It could be the latest trending videos on YouTube or a game you just can't stop playing on OnLive. You have complete control of how the Tweet displays, with the ability to make it appear on the top or bottom of the screen, control its duration, text size, typeface and other options. Social GTV lets you customize the Tweet appearance in any way you like. Also, many new social features are in the works. Our goal is to evolve TV watching to an immersive social experience.

You can find Social GTV in the Market on your Google TV.

Posted by Will Carter, Social GTV Creator

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Funny or Die Brings the Best of Original Web Comedy to Google TV

When you’re in the need of your daily comedy fix, what better way to get it than from the comfort of your couch?  With our new app in the Google TV Spotlight folder, you can access all your favorite Funny or Die classics like Between Two Ferns, Drunk History, or the one that started it all off: The Landlord.
We’re proud to be helping to bring top-quality content to wherever people want to consume it, be that on their desktop or laptop PC, tablet, smart phone or television.
Funny Or Die launched in April 2007 and has quickly become one of the top destinations for comedy. At the 2011 Webby Awards Funny Or Die won nine awards, including Best Humor Site.  More 12 million people watch Funny or Die every month and with over 3 million Twitter followers, approximately 4.5 million Facebook fans, and devoted followers on numerous social networking and sharing sites, Funny Or Die has become the “place to be seen” for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix.

Funny Or Die’s founders are Gary Sanchez Productions (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy), Sequoia and CAA. Judd Apatow is also a principal partner in Funny Or Die.

You can find the Funny or Die app in the Spotlight Folder under All Apps on your Google TV.

Posted by Patrick Starzan, VP of Marketing, Funny or Die