Google is rolling out a brand new replace for Android TV that offers its sensible TV OS a contemporary new look — one which’s nearly similar to the UI on the corporate’s Google TV software program on its latest Chromecast.
The brand new interface refreshes the look of Android TV to convey it extra according to Google TV, including scrolling carousels of featured content material on the highest of the menus and ditching the outsized icons for extra minimalist tabs.
That stated, there are a couple of variations between the UI on the Chromecast’s Google TV versus the refreshed Android TV. The brand new Android TV menu options three essential tabs: residence, for shortly accessing apps and channels; apps, as a devoted place to seek out your functions; and an entirely new Uncover tab, which can supply personalised suggestions for TV reveals and flicks, together with trending content material from Google — just like the “For You” tab on Google TV.
Conversely, the Google TV UI makes use of that aforementioned “For You” tab as its residence display screen after which breaks out particular items of content material into devoted reveals, films, and stay tabs, somewhat than gathering them multi function place. It additionally makes it simpler to get to your buy content material by means of a library tab that Android TV lacks.
It’s nonetheless a nice-looking replace, although, that helps convey Google’s disparate sensible TV platforms a little bit extra in line — even when it stays barely baffling that Google TV and Android TV nonetheless exist as separate merchandise with completely different interfaces at this time limit. (Google continues to be planning to supply Google TV on newer sensible TVs sooner or later.)
The up to date Android TV UI will begin rolling out right now on Android TV OS units within the US, Australia, Canada, Germany, and France, with extra nations promised to comply with within the coming weeks.