The Android app for Google TV gets new discovery features and support for a handful of previously unavailable entertainment, news and live TV apps, including YouTube TV and FuboTV.
Google TV’s Android app will borrow some of the discovery tools from Google TV on Chromecast, including several rows of custom recommendations, as well as the “monitored” tool already available on the TV experience. To help improve the recommendations, users can now go to the details page for a title and select “set” if they have already seen a series or movie that the platform recommends to them.
In addition, the Android app will now display Rotten Tomatoes scores on show and movie posters, another useful feature transferred from Chromecast with the Google TV experience. The posters themselves also get an update in the app with a new 1
Finally, the update will provide additional support for a number of streaming services for Google TV for Android. Discovery Plus, Viki, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids and Boomerang will all go to the mobile app with the update, as well as several live TV apps, including YouTube TV, Philo and FuboTV. Apps can be controlled from the Manage Services menu in the account settings.
While there are minor changes, the updates to the app should help with discovering and recommending content in the Android mobile experience. “Watched” in particular is a useful tool for weeding out things you have already seen in your recommendations. And additional support for live TV apps should talk cutter who prefers to stream while on the go.