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We’ve learned more about Google’s exciting plan to launch third-party Android and web apps for Google TV, available in the Android market.Google spokesman Jacques Hebert tells that the following apps will be included when the new Google TV rolls out starting next week. We can’t wait to try it out, because television will be an excellent platform for music and other apps:

“The update to Google TV will include Android and web apps from over 100 different partners. Over 50 of these partners have developed new apps for the update. A few examples of these partners include CNN Money, Flixter, Fox Business, IGN Pro League, IMDB, Karaoke Channel, Khan Academy, Kraft Cooking, Motortrend, NPR, Plenty of Fish, Qello, QVC, the Big Picture (Boston Globe), Thuuz, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few.

Examples of music apps include Pandora, Google Music App, Karaoke Channel, Napster, Qello, Rhapsody, Classical TV, Vevo, Mosh Cam, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, Baeble Music and LP33.”

Here’s what each of these apps will do once the new Googe TV operating system starts rolling out next week, so far as we can tell, in alphabetical order. According to Hebert, Google’s music app offerings will include these 13 music apps (up from four), but we suspect that number will soon balloon as more developers realize they can tweak Android apps and build web apps in order to appear on Google TVs:

  • image from Music: Indie music videos produced professionally and submitted by bands and labels
  • Classical TVThis one brings not only classical but also jazz, opera, and a smattering of longer-in-the-tooth pop music.
  • Google Music App: At the very least, this will let you play tunes from your Google Music locker. And if Google launches a full-fledged music service, as some think it will, we imagine this app will hook into that too.
  • The Karaoke Channel: Alert the neighbors.
  • Since 2008, this online music video repository has been gathering new music footage.
  • Moshcam: Go Australia! This antipodean resource, whose motto is “the gig is up” (nice), packs a healthy selection of live music by indie and other bands you may have heard of. We wonder how the worldwide licensing will work out for this, but that’s another headache.
  • Napster: Napster has been acquired by Rhapsody, so it’s not worth putting much thought into this one.
  • Pandora: Pandora, which is regularly used by approximately one out of every ten Americans according to what Pandora told, will now also appear on Google TV. Like the others, it will let you access the same account you use on your computer and phone. (Pandora was already on Google TV.)
  • Qello: Qose there? This service charges $2 to rent you a single concert for seven days, or $5/month for access to everything on the service. Unlike some of the others listed here, it costs money, but in return you get to watch HD concerts by bands like The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Tupac, Eminem, Kenny Chesney, and Sugarland.
  • Rhapsody: For $10/month, users of this Facebook-compatible subscription service will be able to play just about any song or album on-demand, as well as playlists created on other platforms. In addition, they can probably read Rhapsody’s custom-written reviews and biographies.
  • Slacker Radio: Not only does Slacker serve up artist-themed radio stations with more control and granularity than Pandora does (much to the famous delight of industry critic Bob Lefsetz), but it recentlyadded the ability to function as a full, on-demand subscription service along the lines of Rhapsody.
  • TuneIn Radio: Thanks to the inclusion of this popular terrestrial radio app, Google TV users will be able to pull in over 50,000 FM radio stations from all over the world, no rabbit ears required. (Google TValready had Tune In.)
  • Vevo: Stop complaining that “MTV doesn’t show videos anymore.” Vevo has a similar selection, and it’s all free and on-demand. (Vevo was also included at launch.)
  • Watch a promo video:

‘In Living Color’ Returns to TV

'In Living Color' Returns to TV

Nellie Andreeva at Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Fox TV plans to bring back its groundbreaking 1990s sketch comedy series In Living Colorwith the series’ creator and star, Keenan Ivory Wayans, on board as host and executive producer.

Fox apparently has asked Wayans to produce two half-hour specials to air as part of the network’s 25th anniversary “celebration in midseason with b a series option behind, meaning that in success, the reboot will join Fox’s schedule as a regular series next season,” Andreeva writes.

Like the remake, the original In Living Color, which was produced by Ivory Way Prods and 20th TV, also launched in midseason, premiering on April 15, 1990. It broke stereotypes by employing a cast of mostly black comedians and introducing hip-hop and dancing to mainstream television. The show helped launch the careers of a slew of comedy actors — its cast included Wayans; his siblings Damon, Shawn, Kim and later Marlon; as well as Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier — and of course Jennifer Lopez as one of the Fly Girls. It spawned such iconic characters as “Men on Film,” starring flamboyant film critics Blaine Edwards (Damon Wayans) and Antoine Merriweather (Grier); Homey D. Clown (Damon Wayans), a dour urban kiddie entertainer whose catchphrase was “Homey don’t play that!”; streetwise scam artists “The Home Boys” (Keenen Ivory and Damon Wayans); and Fire Marshall Bill (Jim Carrey), a disfigured safety expert.


In Living Color gave its actors freedom to improvise and it skewered everyone, particularly black America.

Two snaps up for Wayans. In Living Color set a new standard for comedy sketches in the 1990s. The outrageous and politically incorrect routines helped pave the way for watercooler discussions across the nation about issues like racial injustice and homophobia.

Read more at Deadline Hollywood.

The King Has Fallen: Samsung Dethrones Apple As Smartphone Leader


Before the Samsung Galaxy Nexus even goes on sale, Samsung has managed to take the lead against Apple to become the largest mobile phone maker by revenue in the third quarter of 2011. Nokia still holds the crown for mobile phone sales by volume, while Apple has dropped behind both to take the number three spot in terms of revenue.

While Samsung didn’t release its exact numbers, the Guardian spoke to Daiwa Securities technology analyst Jae Lee, who estimates that Samsung sold around 28 million phones in the third quarter. In the same period, Apple only sold 17 million phones, though it’s a tough comparison to make since Apple releases one phone a year while Samsung releases quite a few more than that.

With the help of the Samsung Galaxy S II no doubt, Samsung’s telecommunications business broke records this quarter with sales of 14.9 trillion won (US $13.5 billion), up 37 percent from last year. While declining to offer sales figures for handsets, a Samsung spokesperson said that smartphones sales had quadrupled from the previous quarter, with overall handset shipments increasing by more than 20 percent.

Pulling from Gartner research, the Guardian calculates that 20 percent increase to be shipments of about 86 million handsets between July and September. All the while, Samsung is still wrapped up in a massive legal spat with Apple and has still managed to grab the crown. Hat tip to you, Samsung.

Then again, Apple CEO Tim Cook has big plans for Apple’s upcoming quarter, predicting record iPhone and iPad sales. Only time will tell.

Renting a Movie from Redbox Will Cost More Than a Dollar

Redbox, the easiest way to rent a movie for a buck a day, is getting a price hike. And it’s a 20% increase! Which makes the price of a Redbox DVD rental a more inconvenient $1.20. Bye, bye dollar days. It’s something to do with debit card fees.

Blu-rays ($1.50) and video games ($2) will stay the same price for now. The price jump goes into effect October 31st. [Redbox]