Google continues efforts to expand their ecosystem based on Google Assistant in 2018 with the addition of the technology to the Android TV platform. In some recent comments, Google’s head of Android TV partnerships Edward Corn says deployment of Google Assistant to Android TV is a major goal for the company in 2018. This will include roll-outs in countries like France, Germany, Japan and Korea.
To get Google Assistant onto Android TV, a few modifications are made to make it more suitable for the platform. This includes tweaks to make the voice commands a bit more useful for navigating content when one is trying to figure out what they may be interested in watching and then navigating to that content. Outside of that, Google Assistant brings the other benefits of a virtual assistant to Android TV powered devices like playback control using voice commands, the ability to control other IoT devices in a household and access to third party services. Since a screen is present, Google was able to add display of information and answers to visual cards instead of having to rely on voice responses.
Corn says that in addition to enabling TV hardware to support the Google Assistant, Google is working with carriers on how their offerings can work more effectively, and probably more directly, with the AI technology. Some of the companies working on these improvements include NTT Docomo in Japan, Safaricom in Kenya and Canal Digital in Norway. Overall, Corn says 27 partners around the globe are working on at least 65 projects.
Corn noted that Android TV is currently doubling the number of deployed units each year. If that pace keeps up, this could eventually represent a huge market for Google.
source: Broadband TV News