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It might have been solely about 30 minutes, however Google unveiled a bunch of latest stuff at yesterday’s occasion. One of many coolest devices is the Chromecast with Google TV — an up to date Chromecast dongle that comes with a distant and runs particular model of Android TV. The app that powers the brand new Google TV launcher interface has now appeared on the Play Retailer. It is known as Google TV Residence, and though it is attainable to put in it on present Android TV gadgets, it is fairly ineffective proper now except you will have the brand new Chromecast.
Inserting this launcher app within the Play Retailer will permit the brand new Chromecast gadget homescreen to get UI tweaks, function enhancements, and extra without having to attend for a complete software program replace to roll out. Model 1.0.331643392 is the present construct out there on the Play Retailer, and it already has greater than 5,00Zero installs.
Regardless of sharing the identical icon because the Android TV Home app, the Google TV homescreen is far totally different. It is constructed round the concept that individuals need to spend much less time bouncing between totally different streaming service apps and extra time truly watching stuff. To be able to accomplish this aim, Google mixes in content material from all of your favourite apps and providers collectively on the homescreen — though you can disable this in case you desire the outdated manner of doing issues.
Prepared to take a look at that new interface for your self? There are a pair methods to do it. The straightforward manner is to obtain the Google TV Residence app from APK Mirror onto your Android TV. Then you definitely’ll must obtain this third-party app that means that you can launch various launchers on Android TV — you may’t begin the Google TV launcher with out it. Utilizing this methodology, you may go into the brand new Google TV interface, but it surely’s probably not price it.
A lot of the new good options like suggestions are not working.
Whereas the general homescreen is useful, suggestions aren’t displaying up for a lot of customers, and the search expertise is just about damaged. The apps part is useful, although, and reveals on-device apps in your library together with Play Retailer apps. The library tab shows the new watchlist, motion pictures and TV reveals bought on the Play Retailer, and DVR content material from YouTube TV.
Left: the menu panel opens from the facet Proper: You possibly can choose as much as 10 apps to show on the homescreen.
There is no Now Enjoying UI that reveals up whereas listening to music. And whereas the account panel opens up from the facet, nothing in it actually works. Total, it is probably not usable on present Android TV gadgets proper now — though your mileage could differ, and that will nicely change afterward. There may be a more difficult way to put in the GTV launcher that entails uninstalling the default launcher and utilizing ADB instructions. It would unlock extra performance, however I would not suggest going that manner except you are assured in your self.
Google TV is the way forward for Android in the lounge, and the corporate plans to upgrade eligible devices to the new experience in some unspecified time in the future down the road. Is the brand new Chromecast with Google TV price shopping for now if you have already got an older gadget? Check out our full review to find out for yourself.
Updated with new details on compatibility with ATV
This has been updated with new info on how to get the app working on Android TV devices.