Google has announced that it’s bringing the Google Assistant to Android TV. The first Android TV devices to get the Assistant will be the Shield TV and Sony Bravia TVs.
By bringing the Assistant to Android TV, it signifies Google’s ongoing effort to put the Assistant on more devices besides just phones.
For Nvidia Shield TV owners, the Assistant will be part of the Shield Experience 6.0 update which also adds the following:
- Google Assistant Comes to SHIELD TV
- Reimagine how you interact with your TV. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s always ready to help.
- Enjoy the Freedom of Hands-Free Voice Control
- Say “OK Google” to talk to your Assistant whenever you want.
- Turn Your Home into a Smart Home
- With the SmartThings Link, SHIELD TV becomes the first streamer to integrate SmartThings hub. This makes it the brain of your connected home. Control hundreds of smart devices around your home with automated routines and voice control. Coming soon.
- Vudu Adds Voice Search and Updated UI
- Finding the latest 4K movies on Vudu is easy with new voice search. The updated Vudu app has also been redesigned with a faster, more responsive user interface.
- 360o Video in YouTube
- SHIELD TV is the first streamer to support YouTube 360o video. Transport yourself into the action with 360-degree viewing, new in the redesigned YouTube app.
- YouTube Kids App
Dive into a world of discovery, learning, and fun–designed just for kids. It’s free, simple to use, and full of family-friendly videos.
- New Features in the Amazon Video App
- Navigate faster with new seek settings and thumbnail preview images. The updated playback engine delivers improved A/V sync and streams 4K video almost instantly.
- The latest monthly Android security updates.
- The ability to stream DTS-HD Master Audio to older DTS-capable receivers.
- The option to power on your TV and receiver using both CEC and IR simultaneously.
- New setting for accessories to enable/disable double tap of the volume slider to pause.
- SHIELD remote upgrade to firmware v1.15.
- SHIELD remote with headphone jack upgrade to firmware v1.16.
- SHIELD controller upgrade to firmware v1.14.
One thing to note is that the new update for the Shield TV keeps the device on Android 7.0 Nougat. Nvidia hasn’t announced any details about if/when Android Oreo is coming to the Shield TV.
To activate the Assistant on the Shield TV, all you have to do is press the microphone button on the remote and viola. You can also enable “Ok, Google” voice commands, for a more hands-free experience.