Google TV is the brand new Android TV, takes on Roku and Amazon Hearth TV




Streaming system buyers now have one other method to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime video, Hulu, Disney Plus and 1000’s of different apps on their TVs. It is referred to as Google TV, and it is coming first to the aptly named Chromecast with Google TV, obtainable as we speak for $50. 

Google TV is the successor to Android TV, a streaming platform that is considerably much less well-liked than Roku and Amazon Hearth TV, which collectively made up 70% of all of the streaming units put in within the US final yr. Android TV is discovered as we speak on a handful of units within the US — particularly the Nvidia ProtectTiVo Stream 4K and good TVs from Sony, Hisense and TCL — however when it comes to reputation and evaluations, it lags far behind its rivals.

The brand new Chromecast is the primary system to get Google TV however the firm plans to carry the platform to different TVs and streamers subsequent yr. “Google TV goes to be on third-party units which were engaged on Android TV OS through the years,” mentioned John Gildred, Google’s Director of Product Growth for Android TV in an interview. “We at the moment are working with them for 2021 merchandise to incorporate the Google TV expertise on their next-generation televisions and OTT units.”

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Gildred added that not each companion system in 2021 will get the Google TV expertise, however by the next yr he expects Google TV to fully change its predecessor. 

Some present and near-future units that run Android TV may be upgraded to Google TV. “We will likely be working with companions to see which merchandise which can be already within the area, or which can be launching close to time period, may very well be upgraded in 2021,” Gildred mentioned. He declined to specify which third-party merchandise would get Google TV or when, nonetheless. 



In comparison with its predecessor Google TV has just a few new options, which the corporate says are all designed to make content material throughout apps simpler to seek out.

  • A For You tab that curates TV exhibits and films obtainable on companies to which the consumer already subscribes. 
  • A Stay tab that integrates streaming along with dwell content material, beginning with YouTube TV at launch and including different companies sooner or later.
  • A persistent Watchlist that works throughout TVs in addition to cell apps and computer systems, permitting you to bookmark and watch titles from these units.

Like Android TV, Google TV can entry Google Assistant onscreen, which helps you to to seek for TV exhibits and films by way of voice, management good dwelling units and even present a feed from Nest cameras. Google says the platform has 6,500 apps together with HBO Max (at the moment lacking from each Roku and Hearth TV) and Peacock (which is on the market on Roku however not Hearth TV). The one main app lacking from Google TV and the brand new Chromecast is Apple TV Plus

In the meantime Google can be debuting a brand new app for cell units, the Google TV app, which will likely be obtainable for obtain as we speak on Android telephones and tablets. It replaces the present Google Play Films & TV app.

This is not the primary time Google has named a TV working system after itself. The unique Google TV debuted a decade in the past on merchandise just like the Sony NSX-GT1 TV and the Logitech Revue set-top field, each of which acquired lukewarm evaluations at CNET — regardless of providing “cutting-edge” options like built-in Chrome browsers and QWERTY remotes. The unique Google TV was succeeded in 2014 by, you guessed it, Android TV.

For extra on Google TV (the 2020 model), take a look at our hands-on impressions of the brand new Chromecast with Google TV.

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