Live Channels Update Simplifies UI

Over the weekend Android TV’s Live Channels app received an update. In addition to likely bug fixes, there are a few changes to the interface to make it simpler and explain more about what Live Channels can do.

New Channels

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Previously, when new channels were available, there would be a small card that would appear when you show the UI. Now, there’s a menu which very is much clearer about new channels and gives you the option to add them.

Tucking Away Parental Controls

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Parental controls are important. There’s definitely some types of content which may be unsuitable for younger children. However, it likely won’t be opened much to change settings and many people don’t have children. The secondary options have been simplified a little bit to items people will call more frequently and parental controls have moved into a deeper settings menu. Also, the settings menu now shows the version of the app.

Learning More

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Live Channels is a bit of a shift from traditional TV. Instead of having a single cable package with streams, users can install channels from different apps. To help explain this to users, the channel sources menu now contains a few paragraphs about the app and how it works.

Overall, this update is mostly a visual update to help new users use the app more. The update is rolling out, so you may not have it yet. I’ve uploaded the app to APK mirror, and it’ll be available soon. In the meantime, you’ll just have to wait.

Edit: You can now download it on APK Mirror.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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