Posts Tagged “Google TV”

Google TV, the web made for TV?

by George Paterson.

At LBi London we’ve had the good fortune to get a Logitech Revue with Google TV. It’s an interesting piece of technology and i fully support the web enhanced TV experience.

As a web developer what interests me is the web experience designed for the TV, what Google calls spotlight. At first glance it is a rich experience that should do well in the consumer market. The problem i see is how that experience was created.

When first using spotlight you could be mistaken in believing you are visiting the existing web site enhanced for Google TV, promoting the One Web experience.

You’re not.

Google TV user agent strings

by George Paterson.

For the new Google TV there are currently two user agent strings. Both are based on WebKit/Chrome but specify GoogleTV in the user agent string

Since Google TV’s spotlight is a web based experience both strings could prove useful in testing sites targeting spotlight.

Sony Bravia

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.375.127 Large Screen Safari/533.4 GoogleTV/ 162671

Logitech Revue

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U: Linux i686; en-US) AppleWebKit/533.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/5.0.375.127 Large Screen Safari/533.4 GoogleTV/b39389