When Google introduced a new TV overlay last year, it promised to bring a modern interface to Chromecast and then launched devices. It has also caused a lot of confusion about what would happen to the Android TV operating system, which feeds hundreds of models of streaming sticks, TVs and even more. Those old devices didn’t get the new Google TV interface, but the company started launching some updates that made Android TV look more similar to the new layout, including a refreshed look and a Discover tab. Nowadays, Google is adding new tools to Android TV to make it feel more like Google TV: Watchlist, recommendation tuning and detail pages.
With this update, you can now add titles to your watch list across the Android TV system, either by long-clicking on your selection and clicking “Add to Watchlist” or by pressing the Watchlist option on the show’s detail page . You can also add them to the list from your phone or laptop with Google Search or in the TV app. Your saved articles will appear in a row on the Discover tab.
The company has also modified the detail pages of each show by adding trailers that play automatically when you immerse yourself more in each title, similar to how services like Netflix are set up. You can disable these in the settings (under the Site Screen in Device Preferences by disabling “Enable video previews”).
You’ll also find a new way to tell Google what it shows you (and hate) in your Home Screen settings – search for Content Preferences and scroll through the titles that appear. Also, there’s a chart in the Find tab that says “Improve your tips” that will allow you to tune in to your preferences as well, and you can choose between “More so” or “Less so” for each show. Once finished, the system will update its suggestions for you on the Discover page.
Those who already use a Chromecast with Google TV will find these features familiar, and those with older Android TV devices won’t have to wait long to get them. Google said the updates will arrive on Android TV devices “starting this week.”
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