Google TV addon for Android SDK Released

Google has now provided a way for developers to get started on their Google TV apps and emulate televisions in the sdk. With the new tools, developers can test their existing mobile or tablet Android applications in a big-screen environment, eventually porting them over to run on Google TV. It’s also possible to create new Android applications made specifically for Google TV.

They wrote about it on their android developer blog.

It is provided in the Google TV SDK addon. It’s just a matter of time before we start seeing these new apps for our living rooms.

Additionally, and possible more importantly, the Google TV UI Guidelines are now posted as well.

Three Layers of Mobile User Experience

An interesting way to break down the user experience with mobile devices based on elements of the device and how the user interacts with each.

Three Layers of Mobile User Experience :: UXmatters.

New Mobile Phone Tactile Development Platform From Immersion

Motiv is a new development platform from Immersion. This should make creating more engaging UI and games on Android mobile devices easier and faster.

I am particularly interested in the ability to create different frequencies of vibration easily. I have worked with other Immersion software in the past including rumble and touch sense.

One of the things that make their development platforms so attractive are the easy dashboards that allow developers to select a set of elements, like keyboards or vibrations.

UX Career Paths and Job Satisfaction

I made the change to a usability specialist career over 8 years ago and have never looked back. I have been extremely happy with my jobs, my coworkers, the topics and tasks I do everyday are

This article on UX Magazine by Patrick Malecek details job satisfaction by UX practitioners and I found it extremely interesting.

Survey research conducted in the fall of 2010 investigating job satisfaction among usability practitioners and how satisfaction is impacted by employer type, organizational placement, and other factors. Continue reading