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Android TV devices are likely to get a makeover in the near future.
Google has recently announced that the Google TV OS will begin to replace Android OS on all third-party Android TV Boxes.
This includes popular devices such as the NVIDIA SHIELD and NVIDIA SHIELD TV.
In fact, NVIDIA devices just got an all-new interface update that has a lot of Google TV similarities.
This includes an all-new “Discover” tab with featured content catered to the user.
Users will also notice less congestion and clutter with the removal of app shortcuts and categories.
These changes make the interface much more similar to Google TV devices such as the Chromecast with Google TV.
Android TV buyers will likely see similar changes in other Android Boxes in the near future.
If you prefer an alternative interface than the one presented on your device, you can easily install a Launcher and upgrade your interface:
Shalina Govil-Pai, VP of Android TV & Google TV had the following to say regarding these upgrades:
The experience that we bring with Google TV is much more aligned with Google as a whole. The Google TV term came because it is so aligned with the Google mission — in terms of personalized recommendations, in terms of search and discovery, in terms of the integration of the world’s content at your fingertips.
Similar to Roku, Govil-Pai also noted that TCL will begin selling televisions featuring Google TV software and expect them to launch later this summer.
Although we cover Roku devices on this Website, we don’t recommend them due to their closed system. We recommend the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K due to its low price and ability to easily Jailbreak it which will allow for free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports, games, and more.
In the streaming device department, the company has also partnered with Walmart to create the all-new Onn TV Stick.
Android TV users can expect to find Google TV integrated into new devices including Xiaomi and MECOOL boxes.
While there is no timeline for when these changes will be made, Govil-Pai did say the objective is to have all devices eventually converted to Google TV OS.
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