Google TV gets software update

Service to be improved with a streamlined interface and other measures
Adam Smith

November 1, 2011
Google TV

Google TV has a host of improvements coming to it in the latest software update which is about to be applied to the service.

In a post on the GTV blog, the company admitted that the initial version of Google TV wasn’t perfect, but that they were learning fast and are set to address four issues raised by users in terms of feedback.

The first of which is a far more simple and streamlined interface which takes cues from Android. A new customisable home screen will be the centrepiece.

Not only will navigation of the system be easier, so will finding what you want to watch, with an improved search function putting tendrils out further across the likes of Netflix and YouTube.

A new TV & Movies app will let the user browse a library of some 80,000 movies and TV shows from a diverse range of content providers including the usual suspects (YouTube, Amazon and so forth).

A focus on YouTube isn’t surprising, with Google’s third major change designed to make watching YouTube videos a more impressive experience on the big screen.

The firm notes: “We’re launching a new YouTube experience specifically built for Google TV. It is now fast and easy to get to your favorite HD-quality YouTube entertainment. And we’ve integrated YouTube more closely with Google TV search, so that you can turn virtually any topic – mountain biking, cooking, etc – into a channel.”

Finally, the market for TV apps is going to be opened up to developers via Android Market, so existing mobile apps will be able to be ported over into TV format.

Obviously that won’t be many apps to begin with, as there won’t be any requiring touchscreen, GPS or similar mobile technology not available on the television. But the numbers will be set to grow, doubtless.

Google TV isn’t currently available in the UK, but is expected to launch over here in early 2012.


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