Building Great Apps for Google TV

Please Note: We will have light dinner fare for the first 100 to show up, the room holds 200, and we have 365 RSVPs. If you are coming hungry, it would be prudent to arrive closer to 6pm than 7pm. ;-)

6:00 - 6:50 Networking & Light Dinner (Thanks Google)

6:50 - 7:00 Announcements

7:00 - 8:00 Building Great Apps for Google TV

8:00 - 8:30 Q&A



Google TV brings two great open apps platforms, Chrome and Android, to the biggest screen and best sound system in most households.  In this meetup, Paul will provide an overview of Google TV, will pass on some tips and tricks for building great Android apps for big screens, and will talk about the best ways to get apps onto users' TVs.  For the remainder of the evening, Paul will be on hand to chat with developers about their apps how to make them look great on Google TV.

About the Presenter:

Paul Saxman is a developer advocate at Google focusing on Google TV.  He is passionate about immersive, interactive designs, social software, and lean, mean algorithms, and had been working on these since the 8-bit era.  Although he's a web developer at heart, Paul's deep interest in revolutionary platforms has brought him to Android and Google TV.

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  • Angela H.

    See an article I wrote in the Mountain View Voice about the Meetup - feel free to comment at the end of the article on­

    February 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Paul,
    Presentations on the site are from last year!
    Are your slides on Feb 1st the same as your September 2, 2011 presentation?

    February 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good info

    February 2, 2012

  • James H.

    Very good overview, some interesting developer hints. I'd like another session on developing and deploying an actual simple app.

    February 2, 2012

  • Joseph W.

    Couldn't hear well. (No AV).

    Pace was somewhat slow. Little was covered in the 1hr+. preso. Only one speaker, expected more.

    Lots more was covered in the Nov 2010 GTV meetup, which was much better.

    I also liked the v1 GTV a lot too... Also:

    What business is it of the website providers (such as the Networks) what browser I view their content on?
    Answer: None of their business (rhetorical question:)).

    Make it look like another supported web browser so we can view whatever web content (including the Networks') we want wherever we choose.

    Don't let the networks dictate how we conduct our lives and where we surf.

    February 2, 2012

  • Tin L

    Too much wasted time with questions from people who should have already read up on GTV web site about it before going to meeting. Presenter should stay focused on topic and redirect people to RTF Website for questions already answered there.

    As it was, presenter rushed through the last part of presentation very quickly.

    February 2, 2012

  • Dan St. J.

    F'ing great. Paul answered every single question, stayed late and knew his product.

    I wish all the screenshots hadn't been from 2010 and Google TV had a working emulator, but still very cool.

    Look out Comcast!

    February 2, 2012

  • Richard L.

    Somewhat interesting info, but too slow pace with too many side tracking questions. Need to keep moving and maybe take Q's at the end, or at periodic points?

    February 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Generally this is a great meetup group. It has slowed down compared to 2010/11, so hope it picks up soon with some more interesting topics which help developers than focusing on individual companies/groups advertising their products

    The presentation did not have much energy and was more like Google TV advertising than explaining the contraints and opportunities for a tv application. I would have loved it if it had some actual example code demonstrations and how they interact with the real estate.

    February 2, 2012

  • Alison L.

    Informative. Would have liked more details such as an example app rather than just screen shots.

    February 2, 2012

  • Bernie

    I had seen this presentation at a LeanBack meetup at YouTube in December. The material wasn't fresh to me.

    February 2, 2012

  • Pat P.

    Good content - Paul clearly explained how to get started building GTV apps.

    February 2, 2012

  • Tim C

    Will Paul be sharing his slides?

    Hot is a relatively term -- it was mild warm, but Google had nice cool drinks in their fridges...

    Great event !

    February 1, 2012

  • David C.

    Logged some UI/UX notes from today's presentation:­

    1 · February 1, 2012

  • Dirk H.

    Sitting in the last row, I had no problems hearing the talk.

    February 1, 2012

  • Van R.

    @David I don't know why the AC is not working as it should tonight. I did my best by propping open outer door, but, the people near it complained it was too cold for them. So, I had to compromise and leave it open just a little bit.

    1 · February 1, 2012

  • Van R.

    Sound fail is my fault for not checking earlier. It usually just works in these major conference rooms or at least a system reset will usually clear up any problems. That did not work for us tonight. Sorry.

    February 1, 2012

  • Kevin N.

    Many of you may enjoy this Android event­

    February 1, 2012

  • David C.

    @angela Not to mention it's insanely hot!

    February 1, 2012

  • Angela H.

    Amazing that a tech group can't get A/V working on time. No microphone.

    1 · February 1, 2012

  • Van R.

    Sorry. I just confirmed that recording volunteer can't make it tonight. So, we won't be live streaming or providing a video afterwards for this one.

    February 1, 2012

  • Sunny

    Great! Please send us url for playback later.

    January 31, 2012

  • Van R.

    Depends on whether our recording volunteer is coming that night or not. If so, we will actually live stream it and make the live stream video available for playback afterwards on YouTube too.

    January 30, 2012

  • Shiela

    Hi. Just checking to see if there is a plan to record the talk and make available later.

    January 30, 2012

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