With on-demand streaming services and other wireless live TV apps available in the market, users are also looking for better smart TV features on their platforms. The latest update to Google TV for Android brings improvements to its user interface, as well as its recommendation system. If the changes are familiar to some, it’s because it’s becoming more similar to the next-gen Chromecast with the Google TV experience. Google said that the new features will be coming to existing Google TV devices, so here we are.
When the update is rolled out, you will start watching 16: 9 widescreen movies and displaying posters on your Google TV for Android. And if you’re the type who looks for reviews before watching something, you’ll see the Rotten Tomatoes score when you watch a movie or show. You will now also see more content streams, including Discovery +, Viki, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, and Boomerang. For live TV providers, you will now see on-demand content from YouTube TV, Philo, and fuboTV.
You can now also flag content you’ve already viewed so that it no longer appears in your recommendations. Go to the details page for the show or movie and you will see a way to mark it as viewed. This way, you get new, more personalized recommendations instead of things you’ve already seen. There are also tweaks to the backend engine, so you should be able to see better recommendations for the things you really want to see.
There have been many changes and improvements to Android TV in the last few months. Earlier this month, we saw new watchlist and recommendation features to help users who don’t know what to watch on the many streaming media shelves on their smart TV. A 4K version of the user interface and the change of refresh rate to Android 12 Beta were also added. Google TV for Android features such as the Library tab, where all purchased movies and shows can be found, remained on their site.
The Google TV update for Android It should be available to US users this week. Expect more updates in the coming months, especially when Android 12 launches.