Google a few months ago presented the update of its best seller, the multimedia player Chromecast. This renovation attracted a lot of attention, since it seemed that the brand had wanted to return to the multimedia center sector several years after its Nexus Player with the Chromecast with Google TV, con Android TV as an operating system but updating its name to Google TV. One of the things that surprised the most in its presentation was its renewed software, much more sober and minimalist.
Well now Google is rolling out a new update for Android TV which gives your smart TV operating system a new look, one that is almost identical to the user interface of the Google TV and that of its latest Chromecast.
Now its interface is similar to that of the new Chromecast
The new interface update the look of Android TV to be more in line with the new Google TV, adding featured content carousels to the top of menus, and removing oversized icons for more minimalist tabs.
There are some differences between the user interface of the Google TV of the new Chromecast and that of the updated Android TV. In detail, the new Android TV menu features three main tabs:
- Start, for quick access to applications and channels;
- Applications, as a dedicated place to find the applications;
- Discover, which will offer personalized recommendations for TV shows and movies, along with hot Google content, similar to the “For You” tab on Google TV.
In contrast, the Google TV UI uses the aforementioned “For You” tab as the home screen and then splits specific pieces of content into dedicated shows, movies, and live tabs, rather than collecting them all in one place. . It also makes it easier access to purchased content via a library tab that Android TV lacks.
However, it is still an attractive update that helps align Google’s various smart TV platforms a bit more. This raises that it is still a bit puzzling that Google TV and Android TV continue to exist simultaneously as separate products, with different interfaces at the moment.
When will it be available?
The updated Android TV UI will start to roll out today on Android TV OS devices in the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and France, with more countries promised to follow in the coming weeks.