Google Assistant Comes to Android TV
The Google Assistant is among one of the biggest additions to the Android OS over the past couple of years. Google introduced the Assistant with the Pixel smartphones last year and it has since reached all Android devices running Android Marshmallow and above. Today, the Google Assistant has reached Android TV.
Android TV is perhaps the last major platform which still lacks Google Assistant support. However today, Google announced that the Google Assistant is now making its way to Android TV.
The first Android TV to get Google Assistant support is Nvidia’s SHIELD TV. Google also adds that a number of Sony Bravia TVs will be getting this update as well. With Assistant on Android TV, users can now control their television with voice commands.
This is an interesting improvement and the Android TV now rivals Apple TV which comes with Siri enabled remotes. To make use of Google Assistant on your Nvidia SHIELD TV, simply press the mic button of your remote after the TV starts.
Best Google Assistant Voice Commands for Android TV
- Play Game of Thrones: You can simply ask your TV to play a particular show, and it will go through all the apps and find the one that can play it. Moreover, you can also ask the assistant to show you ‘movies about war’, ‘movies about climbing mount everest’, etc.
- Play Business News: Simply saying this to the Google Assistant would fire up news channels on your TV which are currently showing news related to business.
- Talk to Fitstar: The Google Assistant comes with apps – basically, you can talk to Fitstar for exercise instructions, tender for cocktail recommendations and more.
- Order Food: Thanks to Google Express, you can now shop for stuff using just your TV and your voice!
Interestingly, Google is also offering a free three month YouTube Red trial on SHIELD.