Google Assistant continues expansion with addition to Android TV

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


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.


  • larry9

    Got this new sony tv, you can do a voice search to a youtube app and find your choice of things to look at. For yuks I searched for Santana. Got an awesome video from way back. Now i need local channels.