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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