Android TV will get Google Photos as part of Assistant

Have you heard? Android TV will be getting Google Assistant soonTM. It was originally announced in January, although we haven’t heard of a release date since. It is likely, however, that its release will coincide with Google I/O in mid-May. That’s when Google makes a number of significant announcements and could coincide with a larger release of a developer system for Assistant.

Part of this app, when it updates, will likely include allowing us to see our Google Photo collections for the first time. The app has currently not supported Android TV, likely due to privacy considerations with your private photos on a semi-public device. Google Assistant may change that, allowing us to quickly find the photos we want just by using our voice.

How does the Shield stack up against its competitors?

According to this comparison chart for the NVIDIA Shield TV. In it, we can see it supports Google Play Movies & TV in 4K. It also supports Google Photos, with the addendum that it is through Google Assistant.

Will the Google Assistant finally allow us to find our personal photos? If so, how does it deal with the privacy issues in the past? Does it incorporate multiple users? Of course, the app has always supported casting from a phone.

It’s good to see that our photos will be displayed in 4K. That may seem arbitrary for photography, although consumer 4K video is now relatively common. This gives people an easy way to find their videos and play them in full quality, as long as they can say the right name.

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 ( 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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