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Google TV Support.

I received a notification from Amazon that they are dropping support for the Amazon app on Google TV.   This makes the second vendor that has dropped support on an app I actually use daily.   I think I'm going to have to break down and put the spare Chromecast on the main TV.  Unfortunately Amazon Instant Videos isn't available for Chromecast, so that just leaves the FireTV device and my wife is using that in the spare bedroom.

This leaves me with a question of how much longer I should continue to support Google TV devices with Serenity.  If I end up not using the device any more myself because the other apps I use are dropping support for it, then I may be forced to drop support for Google TV as well.   I'll have less of an incentive to develop for that particular device if I'm not using it, and if I get another Fire TV stick to replace it so I can get Amazon Video support then I won't be testing or developing on the device that much.

I still want the one device for everything.  Guess I'll be seeing what my wife wants and go from there. :)
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I have a fire TV on the same TV that i have my Google TV on so no real change for me as it is a flip of the remote to get what I want. Also I can access Amazon prime through PlayOn. Will the amazon app stop working on GTV or will there just not be any more updates?
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Guess I have a reason to really try and add YouTube support to Serenity since Google finally killed the only really working version of the player they had on Google TV to replace it with the crappy TV version that doesn't understand the remote controls.     #fail  
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Not too sure what type of time frame I'll have to do it, it all depends on how annoyed I become.
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Filled out the content rating form.  All the content for the app is user generated, so it is whatever the users add.    On a side note, I'm hoping to soon tackle beta support for the Universal Transcoder from Plex.  This will be a user preference.  If I get ambitious might have something this weekend.
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Compatibility with Google TV devices and certain Android TV devices should be restored shortly.  A manifest update was required.   Google had made some changes to what apps they filter by the manifest, and making the microphone optional is now required to get apps to show up on Google TV devices as well as some Android TV devices.
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Serenity for Android 1.9.3

Serenity for Android 1.9.3 is a small bug fix release to address some possible force close issues.  If you aren't experiencing any problems there is no need to upgrade.   It still works on devices down to Android 3.2.

https://github.com/NineWorlds/serenity-android/wiki/Downloads#193-m1
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Migrating to Android TV

This is a draft of a presentation I'll be doing at CodeMash the second week of January 2015.  It provides a general introduction to what one needs to consider when designing apps for Android TV devices and an introduction to the Android TV Leanback library.

http://www.slideshare.net/davidcarver7798/migrating-to-android-tv
An introduction to what you have to think about when desinging or migrating an existing app to run on new Android TV devices. The presentation looks at the general guidelines, patterns, and anti-patterns, as well as provides an introduction to the Android TV Leanback library.
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MediaBrowser.tv

So, just something to keep an eye out for in 2015.  A while ago the folks at MediaBrowser tv contacted me to see if I was interested in getting Serenity working with their application.   For those that don't know, MediaBrowser TV is a fully open source alternative to Plex.   It does almost everything Plex does, but the server software is completely open source.   They also have a fully documented JAVA API.

I really have no set time frame except shooting for 2015 for support.   Plex has done well but the lack of API documentation for third parties is really frustrating.  Plus having options is always a good thing for the end user.  

You can learn more about Mediabrowser at the link below.

http://mediabrowser.tv/
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+Ted Beckwith i have installed MediaBrowser on the same box as my Plex.  Giving it a serious try.  Plex has really disappointed me lately with the complete lack of support. 

If Media Browser works out well, I would even add some code to it.  Open Source is definitely the way to go, as you are able to correct bugs without having to resort to raging on the forums to get a dev to pay attention to you.  Basically its the only way to get any sort of communication on plex forums... very sad state indeed.
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Nexus Player remote help.

Can somebody that has a nexus player verify for me that the Play/Pause functionality for the internal player is working as expected.  I had a report that the Play/Pause button would only pause but not resume the video.

I unfortunately do not have a nexus player or it's remote to test with so can't verify that myself.
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If you are still using a Google TV device, DO NOT UPGRADE TO THE LATEST YOUTUBE APP you will get their crappy Web browser version of it now.   Had to uninstall the updates and back to the factory default version.
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The factory version is working fine for me.
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1.9.3 should be available on both Amazon and Google Play stores now.
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It's been a while since I posted or have released an update to Serenity.  Do not worry it isn't dead, I just have myself spread thin with leading the +Andmore Project at the Eclipse Foundation.   Once I get that settled down, I plan on making Serenity work with Plex's Universal Transcoder, which doesn't require a license or an api to use.   Basically my understanding of this is that it translates the content into an MKV container with ACC audio and H.264 video which is pretty much available on most devices now.

No time frame for this, and I also still plan support for MediaBrowser.tv as well, but again no time frame until I get the Andmore Project going and on its feet.
 
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Serenity for Android is in the Top 10 apps for Fire TV

According to AFTV news, Serenity for Android is number 8 in the Amazon App store for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

http://www.aftvnews.com/top-10-most-purchased-amazon-fire-tv-games-apps-accessories-of-2014/
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Serenity for Android a Plex Media Server Client
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Serenity for Android is a Plex Media Server client specifically designed for the 10ft viewing experience.  Serenity is an open source application, and can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
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