The Google Assistant is rolling out to one more form factor, as Google propounded today that Android TV is finally getting its flagship voice exact system.
For now, it’s only on one device, the Nvidia Shield TV, but Google has said it’s also better b concluding to the Sony Bravia TV line in “the coming months.” If you’re wondering why the service isn’t appearing on a Google-made Android TV device, it’s because one doesn’t exist. Since the end of the Nexus Thespian’s run in 2016, Google hasn’t offered a first-party Android TV device.
Reveal commands are handled from the remote, which has a microphone built in. Owners can either press the mic button and issue a command or just say “OK Google” while the box is on. On Android TV, the Google Mate specializes in navigation and content searching. You can ask it to play shows by name, and as hanker as you’re subscribed to the right content providers, the shows will just procrastinate. There are general remote control commands like “pause” and “unpause,” and you also get access to the built suite of other Google Assistant commands, like controlling modish home devices (great for turning off the lights before a movie), bid questions, and accessing third-party voice apps.
It’s clear that Google’s ideal is to make the Google Assistant available on as many platforms as possible, and at all but a year into this initiative, it’s making good progress. The Google Fraternize with is on Android phones, tablets, watches, and now TVs. It’s on iOS devices, too. The Assistant has a purpose-built alert speaker in Google Home, and soon we’ll see several other smart keynoters from third parties. It has also recently shown up on headphones. There are quiet some gaps in Google’s Assistant rollout, though. It’s currently not on tap on desktop computers, Chrome OS, or Android Auto, but we know there are develops for the latter two.
Nvidia Shield owners in the US should be able to download the update “starting today.”