Get ready for a newly refreshed look to Google TV with a more rounded look. Google has announced that app developers need prepare new app icons for an early 2024 Google TV redesign.
Google has announced that in early 2024, Google will update the look of the home screen. This will include all apps now having round icons instead of square. However, there are reports that Google will be making other changes to Google TV. This one is just getting announced now so developers can prepare for the update.
Here is what Google announced today:
With over 10,000 apps on Android TV OS, it can be difficult to pick favorites. That’s why we’re making it even easier for Google TV users to find apps by creating more space with distinctive round icons on the “Your apps” row.
Coming early 2024, apps in Google TV’s “For you” tab will be displayed in a circular format to make better use of the space. These icons are derived from the
andrdoid:iconresource, and if you aren’t already, you will need to begin providing them to make sure your app looks great in this new UI. Read on to learn more about the specific requirements.
This all comes as Google has been rebuilding its home screen with a new look. Earlier this summer, Google TV announced a partnership with Tubi, Plex, and Haystack News to offer over 800 live channels for free built into Google TV. With this move, Google TV is becoming a major player in the work of free ad-supported live TV streaming.
Look for Google to continue to add new features to Google TV as it tries to compete with Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV.