Google TV is the company’s platform for smart TVs and digital boxes. But wait, didn’t Google already have a TV platform called Android TV? And what about the Google TV app? Let’s dive into another Google naming movement.
First of all, Google TV is still Android TV. The easiest way to think about Google TV is to imagine Android TV with a new color scheme.
Google TV is similar in concept to Samsung̵7;s One UI. A Samsung Galaxy phone with a user interface still runs Android. Similarly, devices with Google TV are still running Android TV. The difference here is One UI is exclusive to Samsung devices, while Google TV runs on Android TV devices from all companies.
The latest version of what we know as “Android TV” is based on Android 9, while Google TV is based on Android 10. Upgrading from Android TV to Google TV is no different from upgrading from Android 8 to Android 9. There is only an extra stock on top.
Apart from names, the biggest change with Google TV is the home screen. Google completely modernized the experience on the home screen to be based on recommendations. Movies and TV shows are downloaded from the streaming services you subscribe to.
The entire installation process for a new device has also been updated. Instead of taking place on the TV, the installation now takes place via the Google Home app. During the installation process, Google asks you to select your streaming services so that they can customize the recommendations on the Home screen.
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Another important component of the Google TV homepage is the “watchlist”. You can add movies and TV shows to your Google Search Watchlist on your phone, tablet or computer. They will then be easily accessible from the Google TV home screen. The content is also available in the Google TV app.
That’s right- this is a Google TV app. The Google Play Movies & TV app has changed its name to Google TV. It’s still the place to rent and buy movies and TV shows in Google’s ecosystem, but now it also includes your streaming services and watch list. Search for anything and Google TV will tell you where to look.
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The important thing to know is that Google TV is still Android TV. It may look very different, but they are basically the same. The home screen is where most of the changes lie, and older devices eventually get the same experience.