Want a free Google TV? Tell Google you're a Web developer

By on October 27, 2010, 4:56 PM
Google knows it's going to have a tough time convincing users to switch to its TV platform. As a result, over the next few weeks, the search giant is handing out 10,000 free Google TV units to developers in hopes of "empowering the developers of the world to make Google TV an even better experience, through websites that have been built with the TV screen in mind." 3,000 Google TV devices (specifically, Logitech Revues) were already given away to attendees of the Adobe MAX conference.

The remaining devices will go to existing Web developers in the Google Code community, but the company is also accepting entries from professional Web developers into the Google TV Web Developer Promotion. You'll need to include a short summary about the type of interesting website your company would like to create or optimize for Google TV. Google is planning to select 2,500 winners from those entries.

For those outside of US borders: "this giveaway is only for U.S based developers," Google said. "We hope to make Google TV available in other markets soon.





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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm sure the poRn community would be interested in getting involved.

posermobile89 said:

I am a web developer, just not professional and have really nothing to offer, but I still want one. That counts right

ReMonster said:

This isn't a bad approach to inspire developers to design in a more google-tv friendly site, but it will driven by the amount of changes that need to be made and the costs associated with that, not a free google-tv unit. Cash > google-tv, or better yet, cash+google tv.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm not impressed by this, since google has a lot of ofices world wide why is it only targgeting us.

poertner_1274 poertner_1274, secroF laicepS topShceT, said:

I think they are only trying to talk up google tv and create a buzz around it so people get interested. It certainly caught my attention when they said FREE! Once this thing takes off I think they will have found something very worthwhile.

Zecias said:

i dunno about this... =/

couldn't u just use a hdmi cable and connect yur comp to the tv?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

OK, will they get paid if they come up with something worthwhile, or just get to keep the gimmick box?

i dunno about this... =/

couldn't u just use a hdmi cable and connect yur comp to the tv?

Well, um let's see. Yes, I daresay you could. Not only that but, I don't think the TV will accept Google's tracking cookies. No sorry, they stay in the computer. I forgot about that, there's always a downside.

Have any of the Google supporters thought about the fact, that now Google will be following you around, while you're doing something as innocuous as watching your own damned TV.

Hooray, now everybody's a "Neilson family"!

So, basically they'll be outside taking pictures of your property, at the same time they're jamming their noses up your a** while you're channel surfing! I know, I know, "if you're ashamed to let them know what you're watching on TV , you shouldn't be watching it". There, I said it , so that you'll spare me agony of having to hear it from you.

tacobfm said:

Pretty sick. This would pretty good if it was cash+google tv

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Pretty sick. This would pretty good if it was cash+google tv

Nah, just shut up and work for nothing, after all we owe it to Google. Just ask them.

BTW, did you mean "sick", or "slick", or both?

thedrelle said:

Have any of the Google supporters thought about the fact, that now Google will be following you around, while you're doing something as innocuous as watching your own damned TV.

Hooray, now everybody's a "Neilson family"!

So, basically they'll be outside taking pictures of your property, at the same time they're jamming their noses up your a** while you're channel surfing! I know, I know, "if you're ashamed to let them know what you're watching on TV , you shouldn't be watching it". There, I said it , so that you'll spare me agony of having to hear it from you.

I think anyone who uses the internet or any kind of data service should realize that there is the potential risk someone providing that service can observe what your using it for. Is Google trying to take advantage of the powerful position they are in? probably not. Is Google the only thing we should be worried about? most likely no.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I'm just hoping they'll redo Katie Couric's colonoscopy in hi-def......

Some reruns never get old....

oasis789 said:

i looked at the form and it looks like a lot of work to get a google tv.

Geniusguy said:

Very good initiative by google but am not sure this will be successful as it is limited only to the us

ruzveh said:

Yes its a good initiative but dont know how it will work for them. We here in India are very behind in latest technology

posermobile89 said:

ew...

captaincranky said:

I'm just hoping they'll redo Katie Couric's colonoscopy in hi-def......

Some reruns never get old....

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

I would ask for one, though I hardly ever sit infront of a TV anymore these days.

uttaradhaka said:

This is an interesting strategy on the part of Google. Giving away free Google TVs to web developers. The lucky winners of the lottery will probably release interesting application that will integrate into Google TV.

Can't wait to see how Google's attempt to conquer the TV industry goes.

sMILEY4ever said:

oasis789 said:

i looked at the form and it looks like a lot of work to get a google tv.

Well, it should be complicated, it's a free tv ffs.

DjKraid DjKraid said:

I wonder how many ppl have applied for that...?

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

Another great marketing campaign by Google; nice job guys!

Neojt said:

Why is the cool stuff US only

Im a web developer programming application in Google web toolkit. Why exclude Canada

Johny47 said:

So contact google and tell them I'm a web developer and they'll just send me a goggle TV? hahaha ok I'll do that, I'll just say I work for Techspot(I'm only joking) =P

ElShotte ElShotte said:

Done. I applied last night, I am a web developer who is currently employed by a business, I want it to be the first of its kind on Google TV, let's see if I get it.

jenifleo said:

I wish I was a web developer. Does facebook count??

Rod2709 said:

Google TV for me don't make senses, if i want to watch something from the web, i can always stream it from my laptop to the TV, wirelessly! (Windows 7 was my Idea...lol).

frodough said:

i am dying to see what else google tv has up in its sleeves b/c so far there's nothing it can do my mini pc wont.

SSaywell said:

US only , otherwise I would apply, doubt I would get one anyways.

I hope they do the same thing when they bring Google TV to europe/UK

jazboy said:

I am web developer but not sure why you need to compete on behalf of company.. Can't we develop our own and participate..

bosec said:

Google is set to position themselves within the middle of a ton of markets they will seem pretty spread out but when all said and done they will be intergrated into almost every common device phone, house, tv, mobile, car even house hold items like furnace, fridge, air conditioning for smart homes. The big question would be how much higher can their stock go.

miska_man said:

Can I just make up a company I wonder and promise to become a web developer someday?

But seriously, does anyone actually buy these things? $300 to get TV shows off the internet to your TV where you probably already pay to watch TV shows through a satellite/cable service? Sure you can get Pandora and Facebook and Netflix too, but most new TVs already offer that as a built in feature.

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