Rather than just announce some partnerships, or even parade a few unfinished prototypes across a stage, Google may share some rather important information regarding its TV software with developers at Google I/O. Enough info for developers to start making apps, perhaps.
Google+to+Introduce+TV+Software">Jessica E. Vascellaro and Don Clark reported this morning, "Google Inc. is planning to introduce Android-based television software to developers at an event in May, according to people familiar with the matter."
Then here's a key additional point: "The decision to address developers suggests that the Internet giant may be hoping to kick-start a race to build applications for its TV platform, much in the same way that Google, Apple Inc. and others have courted developers for smartphones."
It's not hard to imagine that there would be a lot of interest in these apps. Something that could level out the volume differences between commercials and regular programming could become popular, for instance, and an IMDB app would qualify as a must-have.
We'll just have to see how much information Google provides to developers. Stay tuned for reports and live video straight from Google I/O, as a WebProNews team will attend the conference.