Google TV for Android gets new discovery features and more streaming services

The Android app for Google TV is getting new discovery features and support for a handful of entertainment, news, and live TV apps that weren’t previously available, including YouTube TV and FuboTV.

Google TV’s Android app will borrow some of the Google TV discovery tools on the Chromecast, including more rows of personalized recommendations and the “watched” tool already available in the TV experience. To help improve recommendations, users can now go to a title’s detail page and select “watched” if they’ve already seen a series or movie that the platform recommends to them.

Additionally, the Android app will now display Rotten Tomatoes scores on show and movie posters, another useful feature inherited from the Chromecast with Google TV experience. The posters themselves will also be updated in the app with a new 16:9 widescreen look.

New apps are now available for Google TV with Android.
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Finally, the update will bring support for a number of streaming services for Google TV for Android. Discovery Plus, Viki, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids and Boomerang are all moving to the mobile app with the update, as are additional live TV apps including YouTube TV, Philo and FuboTV. Apps can be managed from the Manage Services menu in Account Settings.

While there are minor changes, the updates to the app should help discover and recommend content within the Android mobile experience. In particular, ‘Viewed’ is a useful tool for removing things you’ve already seen in your recommendations. And additional support for live TV apps should please cord cutters who prefer to stream on the go.