A first look at Google TV’s new apps

Google (s GOOG) TV-specific apps have started to pop up on the Android Market in recent days, hinting at an imminent release of the next-generation smart TV platform. Google TV’s new release, which will be based on Honeycomb, is expected to be released before the end of the month. And judging from the apps already available, it will offer access to a wide variety of content from publishers like the Wall Street Journal, (s NWS) CNN, (s twx) CNBC, (s cmcsa)(s ge) QVC (s linta) and others.

Perhaps even more interesting is that there are also a number of apps from smaller developers who are trying to push the envelope of what’s possible with Google TV. Take Call Toaster for example, which automatically displays caller IDs and text messages from your Android phone while you watch live TV. Or the aVia Media Player, which allows users to stream local content from any computer or NAS drive within the own network. Heck, there’s even a Frogger app!

Want to take a first look at some of the apps that will be available on Google TV once the Honeycomb update is publicly available? Then check out the slide show below: