Android TV Overview Updated August 6, 2020

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Android TV is a version of the Android platform which has been modified by Google to run on televisions with native applications. The platform was first launched at Google I/O 2014 and has since been updated several times, receiving a complete redesign in 2017.

Google has also built its Chromecast platform into Android TV, helping to bring more apps to the platform. As of 2019, though, over 5,000 apps have been brought to the platform with more arriving on a regular basis. Big names such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and many others all have native applications. Most recently, Amazon Prime Video joined the ranks with wider availability of its app.

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The Android TV homescreen running on a JBL Link Bar

Google Assistant is also integrated into Android TV with visual responses, tie-ins with certain apps, and control over playback. Some devices such as the JBL Link Bar even support Assistant as a traditional speaker or with always listening options on devices such as the Nvidia Shield TV.

On the consumer level, this platform can often be found in set-top boxes and built into full-size TVs. Popular set-top boxes include the Nvidia Shield TV and Xiaomi Mi Box S, while major TV makers such as Sony and Hisense often release models using it. These devices differ wildly in price and quality, but the software experience is largely the same on all of them.

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Google Assistant integration on Android TV

Another major source of growth for Android TV is the platform’s Operator Tier. While this won’t be found on the majority of consumer devices, Pay TV operators such as TiVo, AT&T, and others have used this option to create customized experiences for their customers, further extending the reach of the platform.

Google is expected to debut its own Android TV device in 2020 with a refreshed version of the Chromecast Ultra. 9to5Google exclusively first reported on the device which has yet to debut. Further reporting on the subject also revealed that the platform might be due for another redesign alongside the new hardware.

You can learn about the latest from Google’s platform in our continued coverage below.

Android TV Stories Yesterday

Last week, Google quietly introduced “Cast Connect” to make Casting on Android TV more native with support for remote controls and other app features. The company officially announced it today and detailed partner support, as well as providing a brief demo.

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Android TV Stories August 5

Google is rumored to be working on a Nest-branded streaming dongle and a bigger redesign of Android TV. The OS today added cinematic teasers, but last week quietly announced a bigger “Cast Connect” feature that will improve the Casting experience. 

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Google’s Android TV platform has been growing at a rapid pace and, recently, has seen launches like HBO Max and Peacock which simply aren’t on competing platforms. Today, Google is announcing two new features to help you find new content on Android TV, although one of those “features” is a row of homescreen ads.

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Android TV Stories August 4

Hulu has quickly become one of the best streaming services to pour your money into and, earlier this year, it announced a huge redesign that simplified its interface. Now, that update is rolling out to Android TV users.

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Android TV Stories August 3

YouTube Music on Android TV gets ‘app’ for direct homescreen access

Last month, the full YouTube app on Android TV gained a dedicated “Music” section. Google is now offering a direct shortcut to that experience with a new YouTube Music “app.”

Stadia now works w/ controllers on Android TV as it inches towards official support

Google Stadia has been expanding its list of games and features rapidly as of late, but Android TV support has still remained pretty quiet. Recent updates made gameplay possible, and now another new version is making Stadia on Android TV play better with a controller.

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