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Google TV is the new Android TV. Watch out Roku and Amazon Fire TV

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Streaming system consumers now have one other technique to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus and 1000’s of different apps on their TVs. It is known as Google TV, and it is coming first to the aptly named Chromecast with Google TV, obtainable now for $50 (£60, AU$99). 

Google TV is the successor to Android TV, a streaming platform that is considerably much less in style than Roku and Amazon Fire TV, which collectively made up 70% of all the streaming devices put in within the US final 12 months. Android TV is discovered at the moment on a handful of gadgets within the US — specifically the Nvidia ShieldTiVo Stream 4K and good TVs from SonyHisense and TCL — however when it comes to reputation and reviews, it lags far behind its rivals.

Learn extra: Chromecast with Google TV review: Finally a worthy competitor to Roku and Fire TV

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 12 months. “Google TV goes to be on third-party gadgets which were engaged on Android TV OS over time,” mentioned John Gildred, Google’s director of product improvement 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 gadgets.”

A kind of third-party companions is Sony, with its line of good televisions. “Sony will implement Google TV for our 2021 fashions at launch,” a Sony consultant confirmed. “With regard to present and older fashions, we are going to share plans for these fashions quickly.” 

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Google’s Gildred added that not each companion system in 2021 will get the Google TV expertise, however by the next 12 months he expects Google TV to utterly change its predecessor. 

Past Sony TVs, different present and near-future gadgets that run Android TV is also upgraded to Google TV. “We will probably be working with companions to see which merchandise which can be already within the subject, 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. 

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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 search out.

  • A For You tab that curates TV exhibits and flicks obtainable on providers to which the consumer already subscribes. 
  • A Dwell tab that integrates streaming along with reside content material, beginning with YouTube TV at launch and including different providers 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 gadgets.

Like Android TV, Google TV can entry Google Assistant onscreen, which helps you to to seek for TV exhibits and flicks by way of voice, management good residence gadgets and even present a feed from Nest cameras. Google says the platform has 6,500 apps together with HBO Max (at present lacking from each Roku and Hearth TV) and Peacock (which is accessible 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 also be debuting a brand new app for cell gadgets, the Google TV app, which will probably be obtainable for obtain Wednesday on Android telephones and tablets. It replaces the prevailing 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 obtained lukewarm critiques at PJDM — regardless of providing “cutting-edge” options like built-in Chrome browsers and QWERTY remotes. The original Google TV was succeeded in 2014 by, you guessed it, Android TV.

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

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David Katzmaier