Android TV will get a brand new row of shortcuts to showcase Google’s pet tasks

As a result of the Stay and Store tabs weren’t already seen sufficient


  • Android TV is getting a brand new quick-access row with shortcuts to different areas of the house display screen.
  • These shortcuts look like pretty redundant, linking to options already accessible with different residence display screen shortcuts.
  • The brand new quick-access row is rolling out to customers within the US beginning as we speak and is anticipated to take just a few weeks to grow to be obtainable to all.

Many of the streaming containers and sensible TVs within the Android ecosystem are working Google TV today, however Android TV continues to be alive and kicking — actually, Google TV is extra like an OEM pores and skin on high of Android TV, akin to Samsung’s One UI 6.1 working on its Android 14 code base. Nonetheless, Google appears intent on blurring the strains between its TV UIs, with Android TV units just like the Nvidia Protect TV now sporting a house display screen structure you may suppose was pulled straight from the Chromecast with Google TV at first look. Now, the Android TV launcher is about to get even Googlier.


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In a put up on the Android TV assist boards, Google introduced {that a} new quick-access row is rolling out to consumer within the US beginning as we speak. It sits proper below the Favourite Apps row and has shortcuts to different areas of the house display screen, along with a Trending On Google hyperlink. The corporate says these adjustments will take up to some weeks to roll out to all customers.

Screenshot of the Android TV home screen with a new quick-access row of shortcuts

Supply: Google

From the seems of issues, there’s a number of redundancy right here. Play Subsequent almost definitely takes you to the house display screen characteristic of the identical identify, and each High Promoting Motion pictures and Well-liked Motion pictures & Exhibits presumably hyperlink to a bit within the new Store tab, which changed Play Motion pictures & TV on Android TV just a few months again. Maybe probably the most redundant of all of them, nevertheless, is the Free Stay TV button, which looks like it’s going to open the Stay tab despite the fact that this characteristic was simply given a second shortcut within the apps row.


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For followers of the outdated Android TV Leanback Launcher’s easy design, updates like these, whereas useful on some degree, mark a continued push towards the ad-laden Google TV UI. And with Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii having seen (and heard) residence display screen advertisements full with audio on Google TV simply final week, we’re not extremely optimistic about what the long run may maintain for Android TV.

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