Posed a company Google has made a new update System Android TV gives the smart TV operating system a new look almost like the user interface via the company’s Google TV program within the latest Chromecast device.
The new interface refreshes Android TV’s appearance to make it more in line with Google TV, with the addition of scrolling for featured content at the top of the menus and the abandonment of large icons for simpler tabs.
A sponsored row appears at the top with Favorite Apps and Next Launching below, and from there, you’ll have rows full of content from apps installed via Android TV.
At the top of the screen you see Google Assistant bubbles on the far left, then search, However, there are some differences between the UI via Google TV for Chromecast vs. the updated Android TV.
The new Smart TV OS menu features three main tabs:
- Home page for quick access to apps and channels.
- Apps as a dedicated place to find your apps.
- An all-new Discover tab that offers personalized recommendations for TV shows and movies alongside trending content from Google – similar to the For You tab on Google TV.
Conversely, Google TV’s UI uses the aforementioned For You tab as its home screen and then divides certain pieces of content into shows, movies, and custom live tabs, instead of gathering them all in one place.
It also makes it easy to access your purchased content through a library tab that the smart TV operating system lacks.
The update helps make Google’s disparate smart TV platforms more consistent – even if it remains a bit baffling that Google TV and Android TV still exist as separate products with different interfaces at this time.
The search giant still plans to introduce Google TV via its latest smart TVs in the future.
The updated user interface begins today with devices running the Smart TV operating system In the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and France, with promises to reach more countries in the coming weeks.
The latest major update for the smart TV operating system was Android 11, which arrived on September 22, 2020.