Google TV Overview Updated October 22, 2020

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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.

Were you looking for Android TV?

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.

You can read the latest coverage on Google’s platform below.

Google TV Stories October 22

2020 has been quite a year, but outside of the obvious things, it’s also been notable for the barrage of streaming services that have changed how we consume TV shows and movies online. There have been perks, sure, but it’s only made finding our favorite content more confusing. In steps Google with its new watchlist feature, a new platform, and a brand-new piece of hardware to watch it all on — Chromecast with Google TV.

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Google TV Stories October 20

Quibi launches on Android TV/Google TV

Remember Quibi? The mobile-based streaming service launched earlier this year — perhaps at the worst possible time — and has since expanded its content to the TV via Chromecast. Now, Quibi is launching apps on select smart TV platforms including Android TV.

Google TV Stories October 16

The new Chromecast arrives with support for native apps, but some users in the UK took note that the device seemed to lack support for the popular BBC iPlayer. Ahead of the launch next week, though, it seems Chromecast with Google TV is getting official BBC iPlayer support.

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Google TV Stories October 13

In addition to big screens via the new Chromecast, Google TV is also aimed at Android devices. The new Google TV is beginning to roll out via the Play Store, but you can also download it now.

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Google TV Stories October 12

Back in July, YouTube Music came to Android TV via the main YouTube app and a homescreen shortcut. The YouTube Music experience on big screen platforms, including Google TV, is getting an upgrade today that makes it more on par with the web and mobile clients. 

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Google TV Stories October 5

Peloton app for Android TV, Google TV adds support for heart rate monitors

As most of us have been stuck at home the past few months, exercise has ended up mainly at home. Peloton debuted an official app for Android TV earlier this year, and now it’s getting a big upgrade with support for heart rate monitors.

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