Developer Blog

App Categories Coming in 1.2

If you’ve logged into your Developer Dashboard today, you’ve noticed a new management feature for your apps. With the upcoming 1.2 release for the Boxee Box, we are going to be introducing new Categories for apps. Up until now, apps have been categorized solely by Video, Photo, and Music. With 1.2, we’ll be helping navigate our exploding library of apps with a whole mess of new categories, including:

  • Adult
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Film and TV
  • Gaming
  • Kids
  • Lifestyle
  • Live
  • Music
  • News
  • Photo
  • Sports
  • Social
  • Tech

You don’t have to adjust anything in your application to get ready for this new release. Just log in to your Developer Dashboard, click on Apps, select the app you wish to categorize, and choose three from the list above.

1.2 drops in a few weeks, so get your apps categorized with a quickness!

June 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

The 10 Essentials of Making a Great Boxee App

Jeremy Toeman over at Stage Two just posted a great piece on the 10 essentials of making a great Boxee app. He opens up the list with a personal fave bit of advice for first time Boxee devs:

10 – Avoid Input Fields At All Costs

The Boxee Box comes with a clever remote that includes a full QWERTY keyboard on its reverse. That is awesome. Scratch that, it’s super-awesome. Hopefully you only use it when you should – specifically when you are searching for something, logging into something, or some other highly meaningful purpose. Content for the interactive television is not the same as content for a computer or mobile device. Smart couch surfing should feel like analogue couch surfing- not in the content delivered, but in the manner in which it is accessed. If your App asks the user to “type” every 2 minutes, you might as well be thinking of a computer experience, not a TV one.

Check out the full post over at Stage Two.

September 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm