Android TV apps will be screened by Google before being available in the Play Store

It seems that Google is changing things a bit with its new Android TV platform compared to Android in other places. According to Google’s app distribution page, under Android TV it says the following:

Before distributing apps to the Play Store on Android TV devices, our team reviews apps for usability with a DPAD (apps) and Gamepad (games only) and other quality guidelines.

Now before everyone gets all huffy and puffy about how Android is supposed to be open and that Android Wear doesn’t have these types of guidelines, think about this: Android TV is much different in terms of functionality and interaction. While Android phones and Android Wear you interact with directly with a touchscreen, Android TV is all by remote. Not only does this require a different type of interaction, but it can cause issues if not implemented properly. Also, Users are not going to want to swim through as many small-time developer apps as they would for phones and Wear. In my opinion, I applaud Google for taking the extra step to check the apps heading to their new platform to ensure a good experience. If you remember Google TV, many apps were buggy and didn’t work well, and they ended up putting that platform down. So they want to do things different this time around.

It’ll be interesting to see how developers react to this and how the experience on Android TV differs from that of Google TV.

via Android Police

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