One of the biggest trends to sweep through the consumer electronics industry is the adoption of software delivered through Apple’s iTunes App Store. For TiVo owners, the California-based company developed control and management apps for the iPad and (soon) the iPhone and Android OS products. Williams says that TiVo approached the development of its control apps with the goal of making it easy for users to maximize the power of its products and extend the TiVo experience to a “second screen.”
It’ll be interesting to see what sort of choices they make in bringing that second screen experience to the smaller display of a TiVo iPhone app. As it is, while I quite like their iPad app, it’s extremely busy… and wouldn’t translate without some serious redesign. Regarding the TiVo Android app, I wonder if they’d similarly focus on larger screened devices such as the Motorola Xoom or new Galaxy Tab 10.1 prior to hitting the smaller (and more diverse) collection of smartphones.