It’s undeniable that people everywhere will eventually use the Web more on connected devices like phones, tablets and TVs than they do on PCs. Because of this, we at Yahoo! believe it’s important to foster innovation amongst the mobile and TV developer community. We want to encourage development of apps that communicate across all your devices. That is why Yahoo hosted a developer event focused on connecting mobile phones and tablets to TVs.
Developers came to hear about the launch of Yahoo! Connected TV’s new App Development Kit with Device Communication, which provides all the technologies they need to create mobile and tablet apps that can interact with TV. Now innovative technology geeks can create cool “second screen” interactive apps for entertainment, games, social, sports, shopping and more. During our hands-on training, we also showed developers our new open source Device Communication tools and libraries for Android published on Github, for writing mobile apps that connect in to our Emmy® Award* Winning Yahoo! ® Connected TV platform.
So what does this mean for consumers today? To showcase the awesome potential of Device Communication, Yahoo released the Yahoo! Connected TV Mobile App on Android. It is available in the Google Play store and delivers second screen interactivity to owners of 2012 Sony® Bravia EX 40, 46 and 55 inch TVs today including:
- Flipping Yahoo! ® videos from a smart phone to their big screen TV
- Sending web page URLs from their TV to their phone’s Web browser so they can peruse them close up
- Use their tablet and phone touch screens (rather than limited remote control buttons) to find, launch and navigate around their favorite TV apps, including finding news, playing games, interacting with social networks, viewing sports information or shopping.
We can’t wait to see what the development community drums up with these new technologies. And of course we have some more interactive mobile and tablet apps up our own sleeves as well. So if your TV has the Emmy® Engineering* award-winning Yahoo! Connected TV platform on it – stay glued to that screen!
* 2011 Primetime Emmy® Engineering Plaque Award