Android TV swipes some of Google TV’s best features

Android TV takes some of the best content discovery tools from the Google TV platform, including a watchlist and more fine-tuned recommendations.

Starting this week, Android TV users can add titles to a watchlist that populates as a row in the Discover tab. To add movies and series to this section, users can either select ‘watch list’ on a title’s detail page or long-press a title on the Discover tab and select ‘add to watch list’. In addition, users can add shows to this section from their other gadgets using Google Search or using the Google TV mobile app.

Google TV also offers the ability to narrow down the kind of titles recommended to a user with a card swipe tool. This feature is now making its way to Android TV, allowing users to decide if they want to see titles that are more or less similar to the one recommended. This tool can also be found in the Discover tab or in settings by selecting Device Preferences, Home Screen, then Content Preferences.

Android TV users can now swipe over content they want to see more or less of.
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Finally, trailers will automatically play on detail pages if they are available. If that’s not your thing, the feature can be turned off in the settings by going to Device Preferences, then Home screen under “Turn on video previews.” The changes follow an earlier update to the Android TV interface earlier this year. Like these latest features, it made the Android TV experience more like Google TV.

A spokesperson said users will see these features appearing on their Android TV interfaces starting this week.