Android TV 8

Google Shows Off a Their New Android TV Update & New User Interface


Yesterday at Google I/O the next version of Android TV 8.0, their smart TV operating system. With this update Android TV devices will get a completely revamped user interface that puts a much bigger emphasis on content recommendations.

In the past all the recommendations showed up in one row now Google is splitting up these recommendations by service that will give Netflix, YouTube and other apps their own row, or channel, as Google officially calls it. Within that channel, publishers can surface TV shows, movies and other content based on their own priorities, and for example either highlight new content or redirect users to things they have been watching.

There’s also a “Watch Now” queue, which will theoretically have the next episode of recent shows you’ve been watching and movies you’ve quit halfway through. It’s like a “keep watching” list on Netflix. But it’s also like a proper Netflix queue, because you can save any show or episode to it by long-pressing on its icon.

The new Android TV update will also bring a host of back end fixes and improvements. We will have to wait till it comes out to find the full change log of improvements.

The new Android TV update is scheduled to be rolled out in conjunction with the next version of Android later this year. Yet most Android TVs are still running the old 6.0 Android TV. (The Nvidia Shield is one of the few already running Android TV 7.0)

Source: The Verge

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  • Pebo Bryson

    ehhh. KISS…keep it simple stupid. Not a fan of a cluttered home page. I’ll assume you can shut off the recommendation rows. I remain optimistic tho.

    • pawdog

      You can. Every item can be moved or removed except the top app row. It still only has the one row of 6 banners no mater what. It’s not cluttered at all being as you get information only from apps you want to be there.

      • Pebo Bryson

        thanks for the info. only 6 huh? That’s a little discouraging.

        • pawdog

          That big apps button takes you right to the new app drawer though. Once inside you can arrange the apps any way you want. The first 6 are the ones that show up on the homescreen. I hope they add back the last used app option. I always used that.

          • Bill Eastman

            Mi Box is dragging their feet. They have had tge beta of 7 for some time. Post instantly like Nexus Player does.

  • Craig

    It’s sucks that it’s going to take OEM’s getting off their butts to bring this to the current line of Android TV’s. Cause they’re freaking glacial about it! There’s no excuse for Xiaomi, Nvidia and Sony not to have the updates available when the final build is released! If they cared about their customers? They’d have already got the beta builds being tested to make it happen! And yeah! I know the the Shield will probably be second to get it after the Nexus Player. But still? It just shouldn’t take so long for OEM’s to push out these updates for their hardware after Google posts them. Who knows if and when the Mi Box is going to get O release??? It’s already taken Xiaomi 9 months to get remotely close to pushing out Nougat and even then, it hasn’t been a wide launch!

    • mau47

      Thus the problem with anything android. Google needs to find a better way to keep fragmentation down as a whole. They announced a few years ago that all of the OEMs had pledged to keep devices up to date for like 3 years or something but that never happened.

      • Duder12

        You need to read about project Treble.

        • mau47

          I’m aware of it, but too soon to tell if it will fix the problem or is another empty promise like last time. It also relies on phones shipping with O when that hits later this year, most new non flagships phones don’t even come with N today and thats been out almost a year.

          • Duder12

            I have a pixel so pretty confident about it.

  • Sunny Rain

    Why can’t Google just introduce their own “Pixel” android TV that will always ensure the latest Android TV version and pure android without all the OEM garbage?

    • Duder12

      Wishing and wanting the same.

    • They did once called the Nexus it did not do well. It wasn’t the worst selling player ever but seems to have not been worth the effort to Google.

    • Jason E Perkins

      It’s called the Nexus Player and it already received the developer preview of Android O.

      • Sunny Rain

        the problem with google is that they don’t seem to give nexus a lot of attention.

        • Jason E Perkins

          It’s gotten every update since it was introduced and it’s the only Android TV box in the Beta program.

      • Duder12

        Nexus is done.

        • Jason E Perkins

          Except it isn’t.

    • Bruce Wayne

      That would be expensive and probably not that profitable if not a loss for them. Sony also offers pure Android TV on their TVs.

  • Duder12

    There is a bunch of Sonys already on Android 7. Why does the writer not acknowledge yhis

  • D Stro

    So i got it running on the NExus Player with the beta and like the direction they took the interface.

  • Guillermo Villar

    It would be awesome that live tv services like Sling TV add support for live channels android tv app.