Following last fall’s debut of Google TV, the brand new consumer interface for Chromecast units, Google is at present giving its Google TV companion app for Android a makeover. The up to date model of the cell app for Google TV contains an up to date consumer interface, expanded set suggestions, and extra TV and flicks to look at.
The app in earlier days was often called “Google Play Films & TV” (whew!) however rebranded to only “Google TV” alongside the adjustments that rolled out to Chromecast in September. Right here, customers can browse over 700,000 film and TV episodes from throughout prime streaming apps, discover new issues to look at, and lease or buy films and exhibits, together with new releases.
Now, Google is updating the app’s appear and feel with new 16:9 widescreen film and present posters, which it says will give the app a extra “cinematic” look.
As well as, it’s including the Rotten Tomatoes scores straight underneath every poster to assist customers make selections about what they need to watch subsequent. You can even go to a film or TV present’s particulars web page and mark it as “watched” so as to enhance the app’s suggestions. This may permit Google TV to make additional suggestions based mostly in your watch historical past and may very well be useful when you’re not an everyday app consumer to start out tailoring its options to your pursuits. Nonetheless, the characteristic gained’t allow you to sustain together with your progress in a present, because the Reelgood or TV Time apps permit for, as you’ll be able to’t mark particular person episodes as watched, solely total sequence.
The suggestions are one other characteristic that’s been improved with the most recent launch to be extra aligned with what you’d see with the TV expertise. Along with that includes extra rows of customized options to flick thru, the app’s suggestion system will now be based mostly on what you’ve watched up to now, your pursuits out of your Google account, and trending and widespread content material in your area. Trending suggestions are sourced from what’s widespread or trending throughout Google merchandise, what’s being talked about throughout the online, in addition to hand-picked alternatives from human editors. As an illustration, you could possibly see suggestions that counsel “summer time blockbusters,” or different well timed options.
Customers will even now see new film and present suggestions as new content material is launched from companies they subscribe to.
The app has additionally expanded its content material lineup by including new suppliers like Discovery+, Viki, Cartoon Community, PBS Children and Boomerang, in addition to on-demand content material from dwell TV companies, together with in fact, YouTube TV, in addition to Philo and fuboTV. These suppliers have been beforehand unavailable for search and discovery contained in the cell app, following the platform replace within the fall.
Google stated throughout its I/O Developer convention in Could that the Android TV OS had reached an install base of 80 million monthly active devices, but it surely didn’t break down what number of customers streamed on by the Roku and Fireplace TV rival, Google TV for Chromecast, which is powered by Android TV OS underneath the hood. As an alternative, Google mixed that determine with the quite a few Android-TV-OS-powered units in the marketplace that embrace these provided by different streaming machine model companions and TV service suppliers — which means the quantity included operator-tier and set-top containers, too, which is a distinct sort of market.
The corporate stated the brand new options can be found now on the Google TV Android app within the U.S. however couldn’t provide a timeline for different platforms or a world enlargement.