Debuting on the company’s new Chromecast, Google TV is the next big thing for the living room from Google. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Google TV isn’t as simple as the well-known Chromecast that’s been on the market for years. Rather, it’s an Android-based platform built on top of the foundation laid out by Android TV. That means it arrives with support for thousands of apps and some really useful features, as well as being a super flexible platform that allows you to do things that the likes of Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV just don’t.
In the app department, Google TV supports over 6,500 apps and games which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Those apps include major streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, YouTube, and others, but it also includes useful apps such as Peloton, Spotify, and countless others.
You’ll access those apps via Google TV’s homescreen which aggregates content from dozens of streaming services to form personalized recommendations. Google is even clever enough to find a specific TV show or movie that you want to watch and see if it’s available on a service you already use. If not, you can simply rent or buy that content directly from Google and add it to your library.
Google TV also integrates features such as Google Assistant heavily into the platform. Its homescreen can even pull the live channel guide from YouTube TV. Eventually, this new experience is set to replace Android TV, but for now, it’s only available on the latest Chromecast.
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