Google Assistant Comes to Android TV

Google Home was first announced at Google I/O back in May as an example of Google’s Assistant. Instead of just searching the web, the idea was using Google’s search engine to surface answers. This is part of an evolution of the search engine where certain queries rendered cards with answers. With Google Home, users could get answers by speaking questions. Through Allo and Google Assistant on Pixel phones, users could also type in questions and get useful answers.

This is now expanding to your Android TV. NVIDIA’s new Shield TV was announced with the feature, but it is coming to “all Android TVs in the US running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat“.

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Users will be able to call up the assistant from anywhere on the device, like Google Search, and give it actions instead of just search results. “Play Stranger Things on Netflix.” will immediately start playing the show through the Netflix app, and the Actions SDK will allow third-party developers to build their own services on top of Assistant.

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This will also be a useful aid in smart homes. Statements like “Dim the lights.” will allow your TV to interact with IoT devices using the same tools as other Google Assistant entry points.

The NVIDIA Shield will allow for hands-free actions with the NVIDIA Spot, something that may not work on other Android TVs. The update will happen “in the coming months”, probably as part of the Google Search app.

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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  • Omar F. Rodriguez Morales

    Does This include the Nexus Player?

    • According to the press release yes it’s coming to the Nexus Player.

    • Kevin Brosseau

      From what I understand, it should.

      “In the coming months, the Google Assistant on Android TV will come to the NVIDIA SHIELD, along with all Android TVs in the US running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat, such as the AirTV Player, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, Xiaomi Mi Box, and more.”

      While the Nexus Player isn’t listed by name, it should still be part of it.

  • That is indeed a great news!!

    I’d have no problem picking up a new controller to take advantage of the new features. I think the Shield TV is probably the best and most problem-free Android device I’ve ever used. I absolutely love this thing.

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